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China announces ‘over 6%’ economic growth target, tech plans

BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader announced a healthy economic growth target Friday and plans to make this nation self-reliant in technology amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights. The ruling Communist Party aims for growth “over 6%” as the world’s second-largest economy rebounds from the coronavirus, Premier … Read more

Police break up ‘fake vaccine network’ in South Africa and China

Hundreds of ampoules were found in Gauteng Police in South Africa and China have seized thousands of doses of counterfeit Covid-19 vaccine and made dozens of arrests, Interpol reports. Three Chinese nationals and a Zambian were detained at a warehouse in Gauteng, South Africa, where ampoules containing 2,400 doses were discovered. In China, police made … Read more

Iraq launches vaccine program after arrival of China doses

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq launched its coronavirus inoculation program Tuesday just hours after the first doses of vaccine arrived from China, a Health Ministry spokesman said, amid a spike in infections across the country. The program kicked off as Iraq comes to grips with a second wave of the coronavirus, and got underway days before … Read more

Latin America turns to China and Russia for COVID-19 vaccines

Several countries in the Americas have received their first vaccine shipments over the past few weeks — not from the regional superpower or from Western pharmaceutical giants, but from China, Russia, and in some cases India. Why it matters: North and South America have been battered by the pandemic and recorded several of the world’s … Read more

Iran expects 250,000 doses of vaccine from China

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s Health Ministry says the country expects to receive 250,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China on Saturday. Alireza Raisi, deputy health minister, says the country will receive doses of other vaccines, including from India, in the “near future” as the country struggles to fight the worst outbreak of the pandemic … Read more

Pinduoduo recognized for work on alleviating poverty in China

SHANGAHI, China, Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pinduoduo Inc. (“Pinduoduo”, or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: PDD), China’s largest agricultural platform, was recognized for its efforts in alleviating rural poverty. Pinduoduo was one of three technology companies commended for their contributions to China’s poverty alleviation efforts, according to a central government release. A total of 1,981 … Read more

China OKs 2 more virus vaccines for wider use

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China has approved two more COVID-19 vaccines for wider use, adding to its growing arsenal of shots. It gave conditional approval to a vaccine from CanSino Biologics and one from state-owned Sinopharm. Both are already used among select groups of people under an emergency use authorization. China now has four vaccines to … Read more