Hindustan Times (East UP)

CHINA VACINATES 200MN CITIZENS; CANADIAN PM KEEN TO RECEIVE ASTRAZENEC­A JAB

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BEIJING: Around 200 million Chinese, or 14.29% of the population, have been vaccinated for Covid-19 so far, with an emphasis on front-line workers, university students and people living in border areas, a health official said Wednesday.

China is ramping up vaccinatio­n efforts after a slow start, prompted in part by the virtual eliminatio­n of domestic transmissi­on. Just two local cases were reported on Wednesday, both in the city of Ruili, which borders on Myanmar.

China is now giving millions of shots a day and a top government doctor, Zhong Nanshan, has announced a goal of vaccinatin­g 560 million of the country’s 1.4 billion people by midJune.

Trudeau wants to take disputed vaccine

Justin Trudeau said he would prefer taking AstraZenec­a’s Covid-19 vaccine after Ontario province, where the capital city of Ottawa is located, threw open its vaccinatio­n drive against the disease, making the 49-year-old Canadian prime minister eligible for the jab. Ontario’s administra­tion announced on Tuesday that those aged 40 to 54 can register for vaccinatio­n.

Trudeau insisted on getting the AZ vaccine “to convey the message to all Canadians that they should be vaccinated with the first one that is offered to them as quickly as possible,” CBC News reported.

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AFP An anti-curbs protester at a rally in Berlin, Germany.

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