The city of Beijing slammed the plan to apply for Covid vaccines to enter some public halls and said a negative test for the virus was enough. Pictured here is a virus testing site in Beijing, China, on Tuesday, July 5, 2022.
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BEIJING – China appears to have ended its first large-scale attempt to apply for Covid vaccines.
On Wednesday, the capital, Beijing, announced on Monday that most people would need to be vaccinated before they could enter gathering places like gyms.
On Thursday, the city removed the mention of the mandate, according to the local state newspaper Beijing Daily.
The report cited a member of the city’s office for virus prevention and control, and highlighted current rules — a negative virus test in the last 72 hours — for access to public places. But the report did not mention the vaccination requirement, saying that the government representative only encouraged people to volunteer.
The Beijing city government had no official statement when it contacted CNBC on Friday morning. The capital reported zero Covid cases by Thursday, with or without symptoms.
The state newspaper said it had contacted the government office after the vaccination order created “attention and doubts” for the city’s residents, according to a CNBC translation of the Chinese text.
The Beijing Daily’s initial report drew a number of comments on WeChat.
The most popular comments asked how someone would prove that Covid was not “suitable” for vaccines, especially in complex situations for elderly or pregnant people. Others, on the other hand, asked for clarification as to which public spaces are classified as “social sites” and which includes train stations. Others noted the problems of integrating vaccination records from Hong Kong or foreign countries into the Beijing city health code system.
In China in general, only vaccines made in China by Sinopharm or Sinovac are available.
The city of Beijing is backtracking on a plan to tighten the terms of the Covid vaccine
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