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China Needs Vaccinations More Than Lockdowns, US Officials Say

  • White House’s Jha says Covid Zero is ‘difficult to sustain’
  • Fauci sees Chinese lockdowns as lacking broader strategy
Police officers stand guard during a protest against Covid restrictions in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 27.

Police officers stand guard during a protest against Covid restrictions in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 27.

Source: Bloomberg

Two top US health officials questioned China’s Covid Zero policy, saying it’s unlikely to rein in the virus on its own and makes little sense without an improved vaccination campaign to broaden immunity.

“It’s going to be very, very difficult for China to be able to contain this through their Zero Covid strategy,” Ashish Jha, President Joe Biden’s response coordinator for the pandemic, said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.