China using free eggs, coupons to encourage vaccinations

China using free eggs, coupons to encourage vaccinations
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China is using free merchandise to encourage its citizens to get the coronavirus vaccine, as many in the country are hesitant about its effectiveness.

China, with a population of more than 1.4 billion people, is offering free eggs, coupons and discounts on groceries to get people to receive the vaccine, The Associated Press reported.

China is using five different vaccines in order to vaccinate its population and has just gotten to the point where millions of people are being vaccinated per day.


However, the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that two of the Chinese vaccines they are using “don’t have very high protection rates” against the virus.

The low efficacy rates are one reason Chinese citizens could be discouraged from getting the vaccine.

The country’s handling of the virus could be contributing to the lack of urgency among its citizens to get the vaccine as well, since China has been successful in containing the virus and preventing outbreaks, AP noted.

The country’s vaccine rollout has been slow considering they must vaccinate at least a billion people to reach herd immunity.

The country has done such a good job at containing the virus that its economy grew by almost 20 percent in the first quarter of 2021.

It is unclear how many coronavirus cases and deaths China has had due to the lack of transparent reporting from the country.