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China's new COVID-19 control protocol stresses regular monitoring of mutated variants, boosting vaccination among elderly

2023-01-08 09:23:58       source:Global Times

January 7, 2023

The State Council joint prevention and control mechanism against COVID-19 issued the 10th edition of the COVID-19 prevention and control protocol on Saturday in accordance to the decision of downgrading the epidemic management from Class A to Class B, highlighting the monitoring of mutated variants and early warning as well as protection of key groups by preventing severe cases.

The new version of epidemic prevention and control plan advocates increased vaccination and self-protection, calling for enhancing the monitoring of new variants and use of the national influenza surveillance network .

Based on the national influenza surveillance network, 554 national influenza surveillance sentinel hospitals are required to carry out influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) surveillance.

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