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China’s Covid Exit Hinges on Seniors Who Don’t Want Vaccines

  • Country lags regional peers in vaccinating vulnerable elderly
  • ‘China really missed an opportunity in the last two years’
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Shanghai Nears Covid Target
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As its Covid Zero lockdowns have become harsher and more economically disruptive, China has repeatedly invoked the specter of millions of vulnerable elderly people dying as justification for its strict virus approach.

What remains unaddressed is why, with an abundant supply of homegrown vaccines and vast enforcement power, so many of China’s over-60s remain unvaccinated more than a year after shots became available.