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China to eventually make COVID-19 vaccines free to public as a ‘premise’


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#China will ensure the COVID-19 vaccines be affordable to all #Chinese residents. The price will depend on the scale of use but the premise is that it would eventually offer free access to the vaccines, #Chinese health officials said on #Thursday.

The remarks came on the heels of announcements that #China gave conditional market approval to an inactivated vaccine developed by #Beijing #Biological #Products #Institute under #Sinopharm’s subsidiary #China #National #Biotec #Group (CNBG).

#Zheng #Zhongwei, director of the #Development #Center for #Medical #Science & #Technology of the #National #Health #Commission, said at a #Thursday media briefing that mass vaccination will roll out, and costs for the COVID-19 vaccine will be significantly lowered—this will make the vaccine affordable to ordinary #Chinese residents.

#Zeng #Yixin, vice minister of the #National #Health #Commission, stressed at the media briefing that the vaccine price will depend on its scale of use, but the premise is that as a public product, the vaccine will eventually be free of charge.

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#China’s vaccines went into emergency use in #June, and have provided a majority of essential workers and key groups at high risk of infection the jab since #December 15. #Inoculations will be expanded to cover seniors, and people with underlying diseases before being promoted to cover all residents, #Zeng said.

#Several provinces have rolled out free vaccinations to key and high-risk groups, including #Guangdong, #Zhejiang and #Shandong provinces. #In some places such as #Wuhan, people from key groups, including students going abroad, paid 234 yuan ($35.83) for each shot.

The cost for #China’s nucleic acid testing has been gradually lowered with further tests. #Many provinces and cities announced that they have been lowering the price for nucleic acid testing since #June. #Starting on #June 25, the price for each test in #Beijing went down from 180 yuan ($25) to a ceiling of 120 yuan at all of the city’s public medical institutions.



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