A coronavirus vaccine doesn’t need to be administered to everyone in China right now — only front-line workers and high-risk populations, the country’s top medical official said this weekend.
Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, made the statement at a vaccine summit in the city of Shenzhen on Saturday — pointing to an increased confidence among policy-makers of their ability to keep the virus at bay, according to the state-run news agency China News Service.
“Since the first wave of COVID-19 appeared in Wuhan, China has already survived the impact of COVID-19 several times,” he said, according to state-run news agency China News Service.
Gao pointed to “risks and benefits” of mass vaccination, like cost and potential side effects. That could change, he said, if the country sees another serious outbreak.
Any potential vaccine would be prioritized for medical workers, people working in high-risk environments such as schools, restaurants or cleaning services, and