China’s failure to vaccinate makes giving up on zero covid a huge risk

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Widespread protests against China’s zero-covid policy have led the country to ease some restrictions, but its failure to vaccinate older people means this could lead to millions of deaths

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| Analysis

1 December 2022

There have been protests against China’s strict covid-19 restrictions in cities including Beijing and Shanghai

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In response to protests in many parts of the country, China is easing some of the draconian measures imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But the government’s failure to vaccinate the most vulnerable means that the relaxation of restrictions risks causing a vast number of deaths.

A big wave of infections in the country could lead to between 1.3 and 2.1 million deaths, according to UK science analytics company Airfinity. It has modelled …

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