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Beijing Scraps China’s First Vaccine Mandate in Abrupt Reversal

  • Chinese capital drops vaccine mandate for public venues
  • Move to assuage public comes as officials stick to Covid Zero
A health worker takes a swab sample at a swab collection site in Beijing on July 7.

A health worker takes a swab sample at a swab collection site in Beijing on July 7.

Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

Less than two days after Beijing announced it would roll out China’s first ever vaccine mandate, authorities withdrew the policy in a rare concession to criticism from residents. 

People will be able to enter all public venues if they can provide a negative Covid test result that’s no older than 72 hours and have their temperature checked, an unidentified official said in an interview with state-backed Beijing Daily that was published late Thursday night. The city will continue to promote vaccination on a voluntary, informed and consent basis, the official said.