China has done everything in its power to contain the virus beyond its borders and protect its people – almost.
It has kept cases and deaths remarkably low through a “zero-Covid” strategy that includes all-case tracking and tracing, closing borders and locking down cities of millions. It promotes vaccines in the country allowing the country to make a big vaccination effort.
But two years after the pandemic, China’s 1.4 billion people still do not have access to one of the most effective coronavirus vaccines the world has to offer. These vaccines use groundbreaking mRNA technology that has been developed and approved in the West, and they have been adopted by dozens of countries.
The effectiveness of Chinese vaccines has been questioned – in part because they use a centuries-old method of vaccination. Last spring, the country said it would approve BioNTech, the German mRNA tool made in partnership with Pfizer. Months later, China said it was also close to producing its own mRNA vaccine. Both are absent today.
China’s lack of mRNA – and the delay in approving a viable foreign option – has punctured a hole in Beijing’s pandemic victory story and led experts to question whether its approach of the country alone is less successful than the officials the world believes in.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/20/world/asia/these-vaccines-have-been-embraced-by-the-world-why-not-in-china.html These vaccines have been well received around the world. Why not in China?