Beijing scraps China’s first vaccine mandate in abrupt reversal

Less than two days after Beijing announced it would roll out China’s first ever vaccine mandate, authorities withdrew the policy in a rare concession to criticism from residents.
Photo: Jason Fan/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
Photo: Jason Fan/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
By Bloomberg News

Despite a vaccine mandate announced less than two days ago, people will be able to enter all public venues in Beijing if they can provide a negative Covid test result that’s no older than 72 hours and have their temperature checked, an unidentified official said in an interview with state-backed Beijing Daily that was published late Thursday night. The city will continue to promote vaccination on a voluntary, informed and consent basis, the official said.

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