Emirates operates special flights for vaccination program

To celebrate the UAE vaccination program’s remarkable progress, Emirates operated a special flight EK2021 on April 10, carrying crew and passengers who had completed their COVID-19 vaccination. The flight took off from Dubai International Airport at 12: 00 am local time and flew over various parts of the UAE parts before returning to Dubai at … Read more

Beijing launches COVID-19 vaccination for foreigners in the city

Beijing has started COVID-19 vaccination for foreign nationals in the city, the municipal foreign affairs office said Friday. Foreign nationals aged 18 and above may, following the principle of voluntary participation, giving informed consent and assuming personal responsibility for risk, take the COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement issued by the foreign affairs office. China’s … Read more

China steps up COVID-19 vaccination, considers differentiated visa policies

China has accelerated its vaccinations against COVID-19, administering 10 million doses in around a week, and is considering varied visa policies based on vaccination and virus conditions in different countries, officials said on Sunday. The country had administered 74.96 million vaccine doses as of Saturday, health commission spokesman Mi Feng told a news briefing. That … Read more

Shanghai speeding up vaccination program

Shanghai is to accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination program and the mass inoculation of senior residents and patients with underlying diseases will begin when clinical tests obtain enough safe and effective data, city health authorities announced on Tuesday. The vaccination process is rolling out in the city and groups at high risk due to their profession, … Read more

Commissioner’s office of Chinese foreign ministry in HK to simplify visa application for people inoculated with Chinese vaccines

China announced on Friday that it would waive a COVID-19 test and health form requirement for foreigners applying for visas to the mainland from Hong Kong if they have been vaccinated with a Chinese-made vaccine. Aside from a vaccination certificate, the above-mentioned foreign nationals and their family members visiting the Chinese mainland for resuming work … Read more

China to vaccinate 900m to 1b between the end of 2021 and mid-2022: China’s CDC director

Based on current vaccine production capacity, China is capable of vaccinating 70 to 80 percent of its population, or 900 million to 1 billion people, between the end of 2021 and mid-2022 to reach herd immunity amid the global epidemic; director Gao Fu was cited as saying in Chinese media reports on Saturday. However, some … Read more

Denmark suspends use of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine over reports of blood clots

LONDON — Denmark announced Thursday it will temporarily suspend the use of the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The Danish Health Authority said it would temporarily stop using the shot in its vaccination program as a precaution “after reports of severe cases of blood clots in people who have been vaccinated with … Read more

How Does the ​Chinese Version of the ITHC (International Travel Health Certificate) Work?

At the time of posting, the certificate is available to Chinese citizens only and not yet to foreigners residing in China. On March 7, State Councilor Wang Yi announced the launch of the Chinese version of the “International Travel Health Certificate” or ITHC for short at the press conference of the Foreign Ministers of the … Read more

China to issue ‘health certificates’ for travel; open to vaccinate athletes for Games: Foreign Minister

BEIJING – China said on Sunday (March 7) that it would be issuing “health certificates” – an apparent first step to a global health passport – to allow for international travel amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The country is also open to working with the International Olympic Committee to immunise athletes taking part in the sporting event. … Read more