Over 9M vaccine shots given
More than 9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across China, and the safety and efficacy of the vaccines have been proved, Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the National Health Commission, said at a news conference at the State Council Information Office on Saturday.
Wang Huaqing, chief expert for the immunization plan at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said data collected over the use of the vaccines show that they are safe, with chances of experiencing serious side effects standing at about one in every 1 million doses.
Li Tao, deputy head of the National Healthcare Security Administration, said the public will get free COVID-19 vaccinations on a voluntary basis when mass vaccinations start.
The expenses for the vaccination will be borne by the basic medical insurance fund and government, she said.