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China could normalize international links in 2022

Beijing, Jun 3 (Prensa Latina) China could reopen its borders in the first half of 2022, but it would start with countries that have a high level of immunization against Covid-19 and a low incidence of contagions, an official source indicated on Thursday.

Epidemiologist Zhang Wenhong said that everything will depend on how the vaccination campaigns flow and whether it is possible to control the mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the disease.

He also deemed necessary to receive anti-Covid-19 vaccines every year to guarantee strong protection against the virus. China expects to vaccinate 80 percent of the population in 2021 to achieve herd immunity, and so far, more than 700 million national and foreign citizens have been vaccinated.

China is currently facing an outbreak of the disease in southern Guangdong province, which has left at least 92 autochthonous cases since May 21.

In general, the country accumulates 4,995 deaths and 112,458 contagions with Covid-19 in its mainland, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan since the disease broke out in December 2019.