According to the director of China’s CDC, there is no need to conduct mass vaccination campaigns within the country since the virus has been wiped out from most areas. However, such campaigns could take place in the future if massive outbreaks would endanger the population.
The latest reports note that the number of new cases has remained below 50, and on some days, there are no new deaths caused by the virus. China has recorded more than 90,000 cases and 4,734 patients have died.
Keeping a close eye on the situation
While Chinese companies are hard at work on the development of new vaccines, it is also important to ensure that they are effective and safe to use. In the case of an outbreak that is on par with the one which took place in Wuhan, the frontline medical staff will be the first to receive the vaccine.
The priority list also includes security workers, staff responsible for cleaning and catering services, as well as civil servants stationed in crowded areas. At least eight vaccine candidates are explored in China, and it is anticipated that the country will be among the fist to in the world to develop a functional vaccine.
Pharmaceutical companies from the US and UK are also working on coronavirus vaccines, and its already clear that the fist country that manages to release a viable shot will enjoy a great advantage.
Concerns related to the coronavirus continue to grow, especially since the flu season will also begin so. Getting a flu shot during these difficult times is essential, as the two viruses share some traits, and it is important to avoid any potential infections as much as possible, since they could lead to a lot of unpleasant consequences, from becoming sick to being forced to stay at home.