Since the new XBB variants of the virus are evolving to overcome the immunity developed after China’s abrupt departure from its “zero covid” policy last year.
The Washington Post reported that the Chinese government is hurriedly distributing vaccines to combat an ongoing new wave of the coronavirus that is anticipated to peak in June and infect as many as 65 million people a week.
Leading Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan reportedly stated on Monday that two new vaccinations for the XBB omicron subvariants (including XBB. 1.9.1, XBB. 1.5, and XBB. 1.16) have received preliminary approval, according to official media sources cited by The Washington Post.
Zhong stated at a biotech seminar in Guangzhou that three to four other vaccines will soon be approved, but he provided no further details.