Chinese officials set 1.1 billion vaccination targets by October to “win the People’s War”


Recently Chinese officials, announced plans to vaccinate 11 million people by the end of October citizens, according to state media, the target is claimed to have been approved by the leaders Xi Jinping of China.

“By the end of August, 1 billion people will be vaccinated, and by the end of October, 1.1 billion people will be vaccinated,” said Mayor Qin Wei, the mayor of Huaibei City, Anhui Province, China. The following day, according to Huaibei Daily, Qin issued a statement on August 19 after a state video conference with state leaders. The report was then deleted from the internet.

Beijing epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan said last week that China is expected to reach 80% vaccination coverage by the end of the year and achieve “herd immunity,” reflecting data released by Qin.

However, Chinese experts said such goal setting would increase “political pressure” and change the nature of the country’s envisioned voluntary vaccination efforts.

Lin Xiaoxu, a former virologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, said local governments were under pressure from a central government order to “zero” the unvaccinated population.

“For local governments, epidemic prevention is a political issue,” Lin said as a guest speaker in NTD’s Chinese. program Wednesday’s “voice of influence”.

China’s Supreme Health Authority, the National Health Commission (NHC), reaffirmed in July that vaccination was voluntary nationwide, but local rules suggest the opposite. Unvaccinated workers in some areas are said to be suspended or denied work unless vaccinated.

“with this [centralized] Administrative system, China’s NHC is not so much [of a] “Right to say,” Lin said.

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People register information as they prepare to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in Ningbo, eastern Zhejiang Province, China, on August 10, 2021. (STR / AFP)

“Human considerations”

In the Huaibei Daily, Qin said the recent campaign was “to win the’People’s War’with vaccination.”

“People’s War” refers to a military strategy originally developed by Mao Zedong, a former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, to maintain public support and fight enemies. It is now functioning as a political rhetoric, including in the area of ​​public health.

Lin said: “In the case of so-called war, the usual human care is negligible … the Chinese Communist Party is not actually trying to save lives.”

Qin Peng, a Chinese commentator, said during the program: [wartime], The number of deaths is just a number, or the price you have to pay. “

As netizens posted on social media, in addition to deaths after vaccination, there are cases of leukemia, heart failure, cerebral hemorrhage, epilepsy, and memory loss.

On August 8, a video disseminated online showed that a junior high school student in Jiangsu Province fainted after vaccination and died despite emergency rescue operations.

Chinese authorities have not confirmed cases of adverse reactions to vaccination or released official statistics. Families trying to express their concerns are faced with the oppression that some are banned from social media.

Rita Lee

Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to China. She started writing the Chinese version in 2018.