Health Desk- 09 Jan 2021: China will provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge once they become available to general public, government authorities said on Saturday.
National Health Commission official Zheng Zhongwei said that while manufacturing and transport of vaccines have costs, the government can provide vaccines for free to individuals.
“Our people don’t have to pay a single cent for the vaccine,” Zheng told a press event in Beijing.
China in late December approved its first vaccine for general public use. Three vaccines had already been given to limited groups at high risk of infection, including medical workers, through an emergency-use program.
Those vaccinations are also free for individuals, said National Health Commission official Zeng Yixin.
China has administered more than 9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, Zeng said. Of that total, over 7 million were administered since mid-December.