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Fifty five percent of Chinese people have already received both Covid-19 vaccine doses, according to the latest official data released Friday.

According to the country’s state press, National Health Commission Spokesman Mi Feng said Friday that more than 777 million people are already "fully vaccinated" against the disease.

Until now, the amount of fully vaccinated people from China's immunization campaign was unknown, since the commission did not publicize figures, which generally were only revealed for the number of nationwide inoculations.

The commission’s latest update said more than 1,8 billion Covid-19 vaccines have been administered countrywide until Thursday.

China has only approved the emergency use of vaccines developed nationally, the most widely used being those of state pharmaceutical Sinopharm and private company Sinovac.

Most vaccines approved so far in the country require two doses, but one of a single dose and another divided into three jabs are also available.

Unlike other countries, China has not relied on vaccination as the main weapon against the pandemic. It has instead remained practically isolated from the rest of the world with an almost complete closure of borders and massive testing campaigns and confinements following outbreaks to keep contagions to a minimum.

For many months, the strategy has been a success, but in recent weeks an outbreak caused by the delta variant has spread to various regions, keeping daily infections to about 100.

According to the commission, 94,260 people have been infected in the country since the beginning of the pandemic, among whom 87,740 have recovered while 4,636 have died. EFE

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