Children in China Stand In Line With QR Codes Around Their Necks Awaiting COVID-19 Testing

China has maintained a strict zero-Covid policy since the outbreak began, almost two years ago – and it shows no signs of changing tack to living with the virus.

Children as young as 3 will start receiving COVID-19 vaccines, where 76% of the population has been fully vaccinated and authorities are maintaining a zero-tolerance policy toward outbreaks.

“Zero tolerance or zero transmission, we have no option but to do this because the virus spreads too fast and replicates exponentially,” said Zhong Nanshan, the prominent pulmonologist who heads a Covid task force set up after the virus first emerged in late 2019. “It is indeed costly to adopt the strategy of zero transmission but leaving Covid uncontrolled and opening up will be even more so,” he told.

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