A Japanese medical expert has said that Japan should consider importing Chinese vaccines instead of only Western-made COVID-19 vaccines, as there have been safety concerns over the mRNA-based Pfizer vaccine recently following the deaths of 23 elderly Norwegian people who received it.
While the World Health Organization's expert team is in Wuhan to investigate how the coronavirus jumped to humans from animals, China's "Bat Woman" Shi Zhengli said in an article that mink could be a possible host of the origin of the novel coronavirus, and called on the world to investigate samples from more susceptible animals to determine when the virus moved to humans.
About half of Beijing's universities will finish classes for the semester and go on winter vacation in an orderly manner by the end of Friday. Many students studying in Beijing are preparing to face strict anti-epidemic measures in their hometowns, while others who decided (or have no other choice but) to stay on campus are waiting for a very different Spring Festival.
Chinese virologist from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) Shi Zhengli was honored as an "advanced worker of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)," the WIV announced on Friday through a post on their WeChat account.
"The arrest of Dr. Gang Chen on January 13, 2021, by the Boston FBI is nothing but thinly veiled racism," Rao Yi, a Chinese neurobiologist, said in opposition to the arrest of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Chen Gang, who was charged with "hiding" work he did "for the Chinese government" while he was also receiving money from the US government for nanotechnology.
Chinese health experts called on Norway and other countries to suspend the use of mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines produced by companies such as Pfizer, especially among elderly people, due to the vaccines' safety uncertainties following the deaths of 23 elderly Norwegian people who received the vaccine.
NE China's Heilongjiang reports 43 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 31 asymptomatic infections
China's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) concluded Thursday that there were serious adverse reactions to phenolphthalein tablets and lozenges after a post-marketing evaluation, and decided to stop the production, sale and use of these products in China, and the drug registration certificate will be canceled from now on.
The sharp contrast in the lives of Huawei's founder Ren Zhengfei's two daughters sparked heated online debate on Chinese social media on Thursday when the youngest announced her foray in the entertainment sector, while the elder sibling remains under house arrest in Canada, and is seen as a pawn in China-US rivalry.
Amid latest coronavirus resurgence in multiple places in China, many newlyweds are canceling banquets to protect relatives, friends and themselves.
China vowed to take all necessary measures to protect its companies' interests after the US announced a ban on imports of cotton and tomato products from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, citing "forced labor" concerns.
An invitation to a panel discussion on women's role in COVID-19 control by the US Consulate General Guangzhou has sparked wide criticism and ridicule from Chinese netizens who stormed the commentary section of the consulate general's social media account, questioning how it "has the nerve" to launch such an event to incite confrontations between men and women in China, when the US has failed in controlling COVID-19 and seen the deaths of nearly 400,000 Americans.
China's exports of anti-epidemic supplies in 2020.Infographic: GT
According to virus gene sequencing, the two COVID-19 cases amid the fresh outbreak in Wangkui county of Suihua city, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province had 12 genomic variants, which were highly homologous to the cases in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province last December, the local anti-epidemic authority announced at Thursday's press conference.
Ningbo, a port city in East China's Zhejiang Province, recently launched the country's first-ever public health emergency insurance amid the recent regional resurgence of COVID-19.
Loudspeakers in villages started blasting, long alert banners were hung on walls, excavators and metal gates were set up to examine vehicles and visitors…Chinese villages are fighting the novel coronavirus in its own way as virus resurgence occurs in multiple Chinese cities.
As China again faces sporadic COVID-19 outbreaks, the country has compiled a book that aims to provide guidelines for hospitals in handling public health emergencies, borrowing from the COVID-19 response experience of a Wuhan hospital.
North China's Hebei Province reported a death from COVID-19 on Thursday, becoming the country's first coronavirus fatality in about eight months. The case might not be a direct indication that the virus has become more pathogenic but sounds an alarm regarding loopholes in epidemic control in rural areas as most patients in the outbreaks this winter are elderly people from villages with many suffering from chronic diseases.
Three samples of ice cream made from New Zealand-sourced milk powder and Ukrainian dried whey tested positive for COVID-19 in North China's Tianjin, authorities announced Thursday. The company has been cordoned off and tracking of the sold products is ongoing.
China's space station construction has witnessed new progress recently, after the Tianhe core cabinet, Tianzhou-2 cargo spaceship, and space application system products for core cabinet missions passed authorities' reviews before moving out of the manufacturing factory.
An explosion has rocked a workshop of an auto part company in the Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. One died and seven injured in the blast in Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone. The cause of the incident is under investigation: local authority
Constuction of China's Old Summer Palace Museum is set to start in 2021, Beijing's cultural relics authority announced on Thursday.
The first group of 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the Hebei outbreak have recovered and been discharged from hospital on Thursday. Another 18 asymptomatic cases were also recovering after being taken off medical observation.
A hospital in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region reported on Thursday that its environment tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital immediately conducted closed management and started nucleic acid testing for the personnel on site and an epidemiological investigation. The test result for the environment of the People's Hospital of the Ewenki Autonomous Banner in Hulun Buir came back positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after two rounds of nucleic acid testing and a review by the city's health commission.
Some temples in Beijing, Shanghai and East China's Hangzhou have cancelled the on-site free porridge to celebrate the Laba festival following the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China, as Chinese people have the tradition to eat Laba congee for the Laba Festival.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged US coffee chain Starbucks to play a positive role in China-US trade ties, while saying that China would further open up to US and other foreign businesses, in reply to a letter from Howard Schultz, chairman emeritus of Starbucks.
WHO experts arrived in Wuhan on Thursday to cooperate with Chinese counterparts in the research on the origin of the coronavirus.
Shijiazhuang, North China's Hebei Province, the epicenter of the most recent COVID-19 outbreak, began building 3,000 makeshift housing units to be used as quarantine venues for COVID-19 patients on Wednesday amid surging infections.
China on Thursday reported its first local COVID-19 fatality in about eight months since May 17, a female patient from North China's Hebei Province who had an underlying disease and had been extremely ill before she died on Wednesday afternoon.
South Korean netizens flooded to Chinese Ambassador to UN Zhang Jun's Twitter account to once again claim sovereignty over kimchi in the latest round of a cultural spat after the diplomat, who was born in Northeast China, shared photos of his homemade kimchi.
As the Spring Festival travel season approaches, Chinese authorities vowed in a notice on Tuesday to promote the recognition of one health QR code throughout the country, in order to improve the use of health QR codes.
Northeast China's Jilin Province reported seven new asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, among whom three traveled on a train that runs from a city in Heilongjiang Province to Beijing on January 5. An urgent search and testing of all passengers on that train has been prompted.
China's tech prowess, which has proven effective in containing the coronavirus during China's anti-epidemic fight, has been put to use again in the latest outbreak in North China's Hebei Province over the past weeks, and in a more efficient and mature manner.
Ding Zhen, China's biggest social media influencer of 2020, is facing an image crisis after video footage showing him taking a puff of an e-cigarette went viral online in the past few days.
Questions raised by Peter Doshi, an assistant professor of pharmaceutical health services research at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, have triggered heated discussion on Chinese social media.
People who are responsible for the 30-hour delay in reporting an East China goldmine explosion, which led to 22 people being trapped, have been detained and will be dealt with seriously, local authorities said Wednesday.
Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province reported 40 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 50 asymptomatic infections as of 7 pm Wednesday and the locked-down Wangkui county in the city of Suihua was adjusted as a medium-risk area, with a township being adjusted to a high-risk area, the local health authority announced on Wednesday night.
Bringing China's delivery sector back into the spotlight, local government bodies in Hailing district of Taizhou city, East China's Jiangsu Province, started an investigation into an Alibaba delivery driver who set himself on fire on Monday allegedly in protest over unpaid wages.
In order to support the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 in North China's Liaoning and Hebei provinces, the National Health Commission has mobilized 30,000 milliliters of blood plasma for the treatment of critically ill patients, health officials said at a State Council press conference on the joint prevention and control mechanism on Wednesday in Beijing.
Beijing is scheduled to conduct its annual inspection on the enrollment and cultivation of international students by schools for the first time since the capital released revised management measures in July last year.
Shanghai on Wednesday announced eight COVID-19 prevention measures targeting all those who plan to enter the city, effective immediately, and they will continue until March 31, to curb the possible spread of the coronavirus with the Spring Festival, the most important traditional Chinese festival for family gathering, one month away.
China has announced its goal to meet its carbon emissions peak before 2030 and realize carbon neutrality by 2060. While such ambition is welcomed by the world, it has brought extra pressure, especially for China's state-owned companies, which will carry a burden for heavily emitting industries that matter to the country's functioning.
Beijing reported zero new infections on Wednesday, but health officials warned that it does not indicate zero risk given recent family clustered outbreaks, infections surrounding the capital city that involved a person who works in Beijing but lives in Hebei, and continued mounting pressure from imported cases.
Despite the small dip in global carbon emissions due to restrictions on travel and other activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global ocean temperatures continued breaking records in 2020, with a recent study reporting the highest ocean temperatures since 1955 from surface level to a depth of 2,000 meters.
To probe the origin of the COVID-19 virus is a scientific task, and World Health Organization experts' team needs to make similar trips to other countries, in addition to China's Wuhan, Chinese officials said Wednesday, a day before the WHO experts reaches Wuhan.
More than 10 million people in China are vaccinated: National Health Commission
Chinese people above 60 will be included in vaccination program as more clinical trial data is gathered and supply increases
Inactivated COVID-19 vaccines made by Sinovac are effective and safe, said Yin Weidong, CEO of Chinese vaccine producer Sinovac Biotech, at a press conference of the State Council on Wednesday.
Asymptomatic infections, sporadic cases and outbreaks in a few places will not cause another major COVID-19 epidemic in China, an official from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) told the public at a press conference Wednesday.
The outbreak in North China's Hebei Province saw a new daily high of infections on Wednesday, with 90 confirmed and 15 asymptomatic COVID-19 patients discovered, since the first case on January 2. Experts say this round of high infection numbers, which may date back to early November, is likely to last for another week.
At least two people have been punished for deliberately concealing the travel history of COVID-19 confirmed cases or asymptomatic patients during the recent outbreaks in different cities in China.
Northeast China's Heilongjiang has entered a state of emergency after a fresh outbreak from Wangkui county spread to two regions in the province on Wednesday.
Looking like a real-life Michelin Man, a five-month-old girl became known as a "big head baby" after her parents applied a best-selling anti-bacterial cream to treat skin eczema, which has triggered widespread concern in China.
A “co-sharing matchmaking service” consisting of Shanghai's 28 matchmaking agencies was set up in the city on Monday, aiming to buck the declining marriage trend.
The UK is reportedly set to tighten laws on imports related to China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for so-called forced labor accusations, an impetuous move that has been made based on untenable “evidence” which will worsen the frosty China-UK ties, analysts said.
The annual travel during the Spring Festival holidays, called Chunyun in Chinese, will see a lower scale of population flow than normal level this year, 11 national ministries said in a joint notice on Tuesday.
A cultural spat between Chinese and South Korean netizens roared again after Chinese food vlogger Li Ziqi released a video on YouTube of herself making Kimchi.
Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine is 100 percent effective in preventing severe and moderate infections, 77.96 percent effective in preventing mild cases, and has an overall efficacy of 50.4 percent in Brazil's final-stage trials.
A judge of the Higher People's Court in Central China's Hunan Province was allegedly murdered for refusing to pull strings for an acquaintance, and the country's Supreme Court issued a strongly worded statement on Tuesday condemning violence against the judiciary.
As people across China prepare for Spring Festival, the biggest annual holiday in the Chinese lunar calendar, clusters of new COVID-19 outbreaks in several areas have raised concerns over a resurgence of the virus, and a swift response from many provinces and regions to introduce tightened regulations on travel and other consumer behaviors foreshadowing a relatively challenging holiday season ahead.
About 22 million people in three cities of Hebei Province neighboring the capital Beijing have been placed under COVID-19 lockdown as of Tuesday, twice the size of the population that was put under lockdown during the Wuhan epidemic, as Hebei has vowed to take resolute measures to prevent the epidemic from spreading to the capital.
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Accounting for one-third of the world's total consumption of distilled spirits, China's famous distilled spirit will officially be called “Chinese Baijiu” in English; it has been mentioned as such in Chinese official documents since January 1.
The lack of action by a mine owner in Yantai, East China's Shandong Province has enraged Chinese netizens after local authority revealed that the company delayed reporting an explosion for 30 hours that has trapped 22 miners. The accident occurred at 2:00 Sunday but wasn't reported until 8:00 pm Monday. Rescue operations were on-going as of late Tuesday.
A full-scale prototype of a new-energy aircraft, the ET480, developed by the research center under the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), rolled off the production line recently, according to the Securities Times on Tuesday.
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The new COVID-19 outbreak in the locked-down Wangkui county, Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, continued to spread as two neighboring cities on Tuesday detected eight new asymptomatic cases that are related to the outbreak.
Tests on the prototype of China's first space-borne comprehensive solar observation satellite will come close to completion by the end of January, and the spacecraft is expected to be launched by 2022, according to Gan Weimin, chief scientist with the program.
Shenyang, capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province, has recently deployed Lingcai, a droid specially designed for taking throat swab samples for COVID-19 nucleic acid tests, on an experimental basis in the city's latest round of mass testing.
Three cities in North China's Hebei Province - Shijiazhuang, Xingtai and Langfang - which were hit by the fresh COVID-19 outbreak, were put under lockdown on Tuesday. The three cities are home to more than 22 million people, double the population that was put under lockdown during the Wuhan epidemic.
WHO experts will fly from Singapore to Wuhan on Thursday to work with Chinese experts to investigate the origin of COVID-19: Chinese FM
Various provinces and cities across China are promptly tracing local people who may have come into close contact with COVID-19 patients in North China's Hebei Province, where several infected clusters were recently found, bringing risks of cross-regional spread of the coronavirus.
Cities in North China's Shanxi Province, which neighbors Hebei Province, announced strengthened COVID-19 prevention measures and expanded nucleic acid tests among residents after Jinzhong city in Shanxi reported two asymptomatic cases from Shijiazhuang on Monday night.
Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Tuesday a new epidemic prevention guideline for taxi and car-hailing platforms, saying that if drivers fail to implement anti-epidemic measures, their vehicles will face a seven-day suspension of operations.
The girl, surnamed Chen, tested positive for COVID-19 on January 7, after developing a fever and dry cough symptoms on the evening of January 5. However, she later returned negative results in a throat swab nucleic acid test and serum antibody test was conducted later by Shannxi CDC.
Gu'an, a North China's county neighboring Beijing, will impose a seven-day quarantine on its entire 500,000 population and will roll out free nucleic acid tests to residents after one person was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. The patient works at a company in Beijing's Xicheng district.
The COVID-19 vaccination rate around the world seems low and the future of the fight between humans and coronavirus depends on the speed of COVID-19 vaccination, Chinese infectious disease specialist Zhang Wenhong posted on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo on Tuesday, noting that the latest Hebei outbreak in North China will be curbed effectively in about one month thanks to the nation's effective measures.
Chinese scientists say they have found fossilized dinosaur tracks in Shanghang, East China's Fujian Province, a landmark discovery in the province's dinosaur research and ending the assumption that "no dinosaurs" had ever lived there, the Global Times learned from researchers on Tuesday.
Flocks of migratory birds such as swan geese and ruddy shelduck have come to the grasslands of Uiad, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, to spend the winter.
Taxi firms and car-hailing platforms in Beijing will face a circuit-breaker mechanism as a punishment if they fail to take coronavirus control measures effectively, Beijing authorities warned on Monday, the first day that the capital made it compulsory for passengers to scan health QR codes to use ride-hailing platforms and taxis.
Yuci district in the city of Jinzhong, North China's Shanxi Province, reported two asymptomatic coronavirus cases, said the local authority at a press conference held at 10:30 pm on Monday, confirming that the two cases are related to infections in Hebei Province, where more than 500 people have tested positive for the virus.
There has been a surge in demand for COVID-19 nucleic acid tests in many Chinese cities, especially major centers such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, as the annual Spring Festival travel rush approaches, said several testing institutions reached by the Global Times on Monday.
The Chinese mainland is facing a rising virus outbreak in multiple cities ahead of its biggest annual festival following the lockdown of a county in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Monday, after the de facto lockdown in Shijiazhuang, capital city of North China's Hebei Province and the number of daily new cases reaching triple-digits in one day for the first time in five months.
Xiongan New Area in North China's Hebei Province, which is roughly 100 kilometers south of Beijing, will carry out a massive coronavirus testing for all residents amid the latest outbreaks in the province that has infected more than 500 people.
All the policies adopted in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region fit into regional developments and serve local residents' interests, while the US is the country that commits the genocide of American Indians, discriminates against minority races, and severely violates workers' human rights, a senior official from the region said during a Monday press conference in Beijing.
PurCotton, a Chinese mother and baby brand, is mired in a PR disaster. Its latest commercial was widely criticized online for objectifying women and victim-blaming. Its apology letter hurt the company's reputation further for its allegedly self-aggrandizing content.
Meticulous checks at highways, lockdown of villages, encouraging work from home … these are part of the measures taken by Beijing, as China's political center and transportation hub is building what is like an "invisible wall" to ward off coronavirus onslaught from neighboring Hebei Province for the safety of the upcoming Spring Festival and planned two sessions meetings.
Sporadic COVID-19 cases that recently erupted in Chinese cities were traced to imported sources and showed a longer incubation period, faster transmission and more complex pattern, epidemiological investigations and virus gene sequencing analyses show.
Hebei has postponed the opening of the fourth session of the 13th Provincial People's Congress scheduled for Jan 25 in virus-hit Shijiazhuang due to the recent surge of the coronavirus outbreak.
China has likely vaccinated more than 10 million doses in mass inoculation efforts for first high-risk groups so far, experts estimated, as health departments ramped up the national immunization plan, racing against infection resurgences in a number of provinces including Hebei.
While the capital is shivering amid a record-breaking winter cold and most people are reluctant to step out of their warm rooms, a group of emergency medical staff are on high alert, guarding the city during the night and rushing to their destination whenever the phone rings.
The student, Fan Yiran, was a 30-year-old PhD student in a joint program of the Booth School of Business and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics of the University of Chicago, the university confirmed in a notice released on its website on Sunday.
The physical condition of advanced liver cancer patient Yao Ce from East China's Jiangxi Province — who was switched with another child at birth by mistake 28 years ago — suddenly deteriorated on Sunday after he appealed against the ruling made by a court in Central China's Henan Province last December to promote China's legislation on compensation for mental injuries.
Beijing has imposed closed-off management on all rural villages in its Shunyi district, where a cluster of COVID-19 infections was found in the past two days. The Shunyi outbreak is not connected with a recent flare-up of infections in neighboring Hebei Province, said a Beijing government official.
Wuhan, the capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, is aggressively tracing local people who may have had close contact with two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Shijiazhuang, the latest city hit hard by the coronavirus in North China's Hebei Province, said Wuhan's health authority.
About 25,000 couriers are returning to work to supply daily necessities to stay-at-home residents in the northern city of Shijiazhuang, where more than 200 confirmed COVID-19 cases have emerged since the start of this year.
More than 1 million people have been vaccinated in Beijing as of Mon, Beijing authority said. The Chinese capital started inoculating key groups with COVID-19 vaccines since the New Year.
As agreed by the two sides, the World Health Organization (WHO) will send experts to China on Thursday and work with Chinese experts to investigate the origin of COVID-19, said China's National Health Commission (NHC).
A clustered outbreak of COVID-19 infections has emerged in a village in Beijing, amid warnings that China's villages could be a potential weak spot in the country's epidemic control efforts.