China has fully vaccinated over 1 billion people against Covid-19 surpassing the U.S. and Europe, according to a report by Bloomberg on Thursday.

  • Mi Feng, a spokesman at the National Health Commission stated that a total of 2.16 billion doses have been given in China as of Sept. 15, fully inoculating over 1.01 billion people.
  • The milestone comes nearly 10 months after China gave its first conditional approval to the inactivated vaccine from state-owned Sinopharm and started off its biggest immunization campaign in history.
  • The success of China’s vaccination strategy has not averted flare-ups of the pathogen in recent months, and questions still remain about how effective the shots are, more so against the newest variants.
  • The nation is currently battling a cluster in the southeastern province of Fujian after squelching an earlier delta outbreak, the broadest it’s experienced since Covid first appeared in Wuhan.

The pace of the program positions China in the lead among the world’s biggest economies. Over half of the population in the U.S. and Japan is fully vaccinated, while the rates in the U.K. and Germany exceed 60%. CSI 300 Index down -1.22%, CNY USD down -0.22%.