You probably won’t see this in our local media, as our pundits today debate whether it is time to ditch our elimination strategy and Australia gives up on it. China is also well ahead on ensuring its vast population is vaccinated as well.
The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reports:
China has stuck to its zero-tolerance strategy against Covid-19, counting on mass vaccination, mass testing, stay-at-home orders and contact tracing to put a stop to transmission.
The country had administered 1.94 billion vaccine doses as of Sunday, according to the National Health Commission. More than 777 million people – about 55 per cent of the population – had been fully vaccinated as of August 12.
China’s official Global Times also provides some useful advice, speaking in the classic Chinese way of the “Four Earlies: early detection, early reporting, early quarantine, and early treatment of COVID-19 cases.”
Wang Guangfa, a respiratory expert at Peking University First Hospital, told the Global Times on Monday that China’s precise zero-tolerance epidemic strategy has guarded the country against epidemic flare-ups one more time, despite the highly-transmissible Delta variant and larger areas affected, further proving the effectiveness of China’s epidemic coping model which stresses “Four-Early” measures – early detection, early reporting, early quarantine, and early treatment of COVID-19 cases.
China is also the largest supplier of vaccines to the developing world. Their economy is not doing so bad either.
They are long-term thinkers too.