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China's Xi unwilling to accept vaccines despite protests, U.S. official says

December 4, 2022 5:34 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Chinese leader Xi Jinping is unwilling to accept Western vaccines despite the challenges China is facing with COVID-19.

While recent protests there are not a threat to Communist Party rule, they could affect Xi’s personal standing.

Although China’s daily COVID cases are near all-time highs, some cities are taking steps to loosen testing and quarantine rules after Xi’s zero-COVID policy triggered a sharp economic slowdown and public unrest.

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U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines says despite the social and economic impact of the virus, Xi “is unwilling to take a better vaccine from the West, and is instead relying on a vaccine in China that’s just not nearly as effective against Omicron.”