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BEIJING, Jan. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- China has adjusted its response to the prevention and control of COVID-19 in recent weeks. Announced that it will downgrade the management of COVID-19 infectious diseases from Class A to Class B while resuming passport and visa issuance and simplifying border entry policies from January 8, 2023. It also changed the Chinese name from "novel coronavirus pneumonia" disease to "novel coronavirus infection".
China's decision has drawn widespread criticism from a section of the Western media, and also from Western political and intellectual circles, much like the earlier "dynamic zero COVID" policy. Criticism ranges from comparing China's latest COVID-19 surge to a "catastrophe" that could "put the world economy at risk" to scaremongering about the emergence of "new coronavirus mutants".
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning explained: "Currently, we are adapting our COVID-19 response measures to new epidemic developments, so as to better coordinate the epidemic response and development We believe that with the joint efforts of the Chinese people and solidarity, we will usher in a new phase of stable and orderly economic and social development."
China's dynamic zero-COVID policy protected people's lives and bought time to understand the virus based on science, for research and development of vaccines, drugs and antiviral therapies, and to vaccinate more people around the world. country.
According to the latest official data, China has administered more than 3.4 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines across the country and more than 90 percent of its 1.4 billion people are fully vaccinated. More than 87 percent of people over the age of 60 are fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, China launched the second booster shot with 13 types of COVID-19 vaccines approved for that purpose.
The numbers talk for themselves. To this day, China has the lowest number of deaths from COVID-19 among the major countries in the world. By contrast, the United States, with a quarter of China's population, has reported more than a million deaths. The past three years have laid the foundation for China's policy adjustments.
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