China News Center, on July 7, published a commentary by an author with an account called “Memories of China” about Beijing’s new move regarding epidemic prevention and control.
The author said that Beijing began to be “troubled” regarding epidemic prevention and control. Guangming reported that on July 6, Li Ang, Deputy Director of the Beijing Municipal Health Commission, announced at a press conference on epidemic prevention that, from July 11, without COVID-19 vaccination, Beijing residents will not be able to enter public areas such as libraries, museums, cinemas, art galleries, cultural centers, sports venues, exercise places, entertainment performance venues, cafes, internet shops, etc.
In addition, the statement indicates explicitly that other restricted sites will now prioritize those vaccinated. It also recommends that elderly people fulfill vaccination requirements as soon as possible when entering and leaving public areas, such as exercise places.
Many people were shocked by this news. Beijing’s decision is forcing residents who have not been vaccinated, especially the elderly, to get vaccinated. Beijing has openly challenged the National Health Commission of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
In 2021, when the CCP required people to vaccinate, many regulations were issued to restrict people from entering places, making people unsatisfied.
Therefore, on September 7, 2021, during a press conference on the joint prevention and control mechanism of the State Council, Wu Liangyou, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission’s Department of Disease Control and Prevention, criticized the fact that some localities have self-imposed restrictive measures to speed up progress.
The statement reads: “In some areas, those who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not be allowed to enter public areas such as supermarkets, hospitals, train stations, and admissions of students may be denied.”
To handle the above situation, the coordination mechanism for disease prevention and control of the State Council has required all local governments to correct it in time.”
Wu Liangyou also noted: “The COVID-19 vaccination must be carried out according to the informed principle; it must be consent and voluntary. When making policies and measures for vaccination, we must be serious and cautious, and carefully evaluate to ensure compliance with laws and regulations.”
Are the latest restrictive measures Beijing issued this week implying its power is greater than the National Health Commission and the State Council? Or do they want to tell people that the regulation issued by the National Health Commission has no effect?
Unexpectedly, nearly a year after the State Council Health Committee’s statement, Beijing publicly challenged this Commission while also openly violating China’s Constitution. According to the Chinese Constitution, all citizens are equally entitled to the rights stipulated in the Constitution and the law. Public places are in the public’s interest, and depriving the citizens’ right to enter if they are not vaccinated is undoubtedly considered a violation of citizens’ legitimate rights. Beijing’s flagrant violation of the Constitution reveals the CCP’s hypocrisy.
According to Xinhuanet, as of midnight on April 17, 2022, Beijing has reported more than 60.95 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to over 23.09 million people, and more than 15.56 million people have received a booster vaccination.
The rate of the 1st vaccination of people aged 60 and older reached 80.6%. Among 25 million people in Beijing, 15.56 million people have received three injections, accounting for about 62%, and 23.09 million have received two injections, accounting for about 92%.
So why should Beijing force 8% of the population to be vaccinated? Is that in response to epidemic prevention? Or for profit? Or for some other purpose? If it is necessary for epidemic prevention and control, the Beijing regime should clearly explain it based on experts and CCP officials.
According to CCTV, at a press conference on epidemic prevention in Beijing on May 8, 2022, Pan Xinghuo, Deputy Director of the Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention, took rare actions when referring to the vaccination status of those with the disease. Of the 727 virus infection cases, 686 cases were documented to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 variant Omicron, of which 588 cases had received two or three doses, accounting for 86%. None were severe or critical cases; 98 cases have not received two doses of vaccine, accounting for 14%, of which 1 case is a 79-year-old female patient in critical condition. In other words, less than 5.6% of people were completely unvaccinated among infected patients.
A screenshot from the Wechat Friends Circle shows the criticism from netizens: “Beijing Municipal Health Commission has issued a new policy requiring that people entering places from July 11 must be vaccinated. This disguised mandatory vaccination measure directly restricts the personal freedom of the majority of the population, has no legal basis, and needs to be revoked or adjusted. Our freedom is being taken away bit by bit like this. I have already appealed to the public reception number 12345, asking the City Health Commission to withdraw this policy. You can also choose to complain together. The reasons are as follows:
1. According to Article 6, Clause 2; Article 41, paragraph 1 of the Law on Vaccine Administration and Article 21 of the Law on Health Promotion and Basic Medical Hygiene, the Chinese people are legally vaccinated according to the plan (Type I Vaccine) in accordance with the rights and obligations of citizens. The vaccines in the vaccination plan are developed by the National Health Commission and the Ministry of Finance and submitted to the State Council for approval and announcement.
2. Some of the currently state-approved Omicron vaccines are not part of the vaccination program’s vaccines but are only second-class, in the special “conditional approval” vaccine.” Residents are not legally obligated to vaccinate against the Omicron variant, and no administrative authority can enforce it under disguise. The National Health Commission has repeatedly regulated the mandatory Omicron vaccination’s implementation in some places.”