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BEIJING, Jan. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As China prioritized its response to COVID-19 from the dynamic zero-COVID policy, some Western media and intellectuals have been questioning China's "readiness" to make the change.
Preparation can only be evaluated by the results to which it leads; in the case of COVID-19, the number of lives saved. Since the outbreak, China has been preparing the Chinese to deal with the virus. The dynamic zero COVID policy was put in place to buy time for the deadly original strain and subsequent variants to become less deadly.
Li Guangxi, an expert with the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council, explained in an interview that "once the virus reached the world, it was very serious. It will make hospitals, especially ICU beds, full. It happened in all areas of the world." "And now, once the virus becomes much less severe and mild, right now, we want to ease our measures. We will certainly have an increase in cases. However, the death rate and the severe type of COVID-19 it will be much less than before," Li explained.
According to Wu Zunyou, chief epidemiologist at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the proportion of severe and critical cases has decreased from 16.47% in 2020 to 0.18% in recent times.
The director of the medical administration department of the National Health Commission, Jiao Yahui, told a press conference in December that China's makeshift hospitals for COVID-19 will be modernized and equipped with more treatment capabilities to become sub-designated hospitals. for patients with COVID-19. China has around 138,100 intensive care beds, 10 per 100,000 people. There are a total of 80,500 intensive care specialists and 220,000 intensive care nurses in China, and more than 106,000 doctors and 178,000 nurses are capable of handling ICU jobs.
To protect the vulnerable population, including the elderly, which is a critical challenge for the country, China launched the second COVID-19 booster vaccine on December 14. The inhalable vaccine has also been rolled out for those who are tired or can't get a shot in the arm.
Supplies of anti-epidemic drugs were also increased. The medicine administration and the Beijing authorities have dispatched joint working groups of more than 50 people to five large pharmaceutical wholesale companies in Beijing to alleviate the shortage of medicines for epidemic treatment and prevention. Data from China Resources Pharmaceutical Commercial Group Co., Ltd showed that the company had supplied more than 3.5 million boxes of anti-epidemic drugs to more than 4,000 customers in Beijing in one week, including 300 hospitals, more than 2,200 health centers community stores and more than 1,500 retail pharmacies.
In Shanghai, fever clinics at 145 secondary and higher-level hospitals were asked to remain fully open. In Zhejiang province, Internet hospitals have been opened in some cities to meet the growing demand for diagnosis and treatment at fever clinics.
Prevention and control is a process of building institutions and building medical capacities to deal with changing situations. China has quickly adapted to the current situation and has made adjustments based on feedback from the public and the medical community. And the policy change reflects the fact that China is ready to take on what comes next.
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