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China can basically achieve herd immunity early 2022: CDC director

China could basically achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by early 2022, said a top Chinese health expert, as the world's most populated country speeds up its vaccine roll-out.

"I hope that China's vaccination rate could reach 70 percent to 80 percent by early 2022 or even by the end of 2021, thus basically achieving herd immunity," said Gao Fu, director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Due to the nature of the virus, the country is now aiming for a vaccination rate of 70 to 80 percent based on the basic transmission index for the novel coronavirus, Gao said.

China has already launched a massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign. As of midnight March 20, the country had administered nearly 75 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the National Health Commission (NHC) said.


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