The Chinese communist regime is dealing with public protests against its strict COVID restrictions, and now it’s also facing criticism from the United States over its pandemic approach.
As protests broke out in some major cities in China, top U.S. health officials have pointed out that China’s “zero-COVID” policy is not an effective strategy to control the pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the chief medical adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden. He is also head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
During NBC News “Meet the Press” program on Sunday, November 27, he said that China’s policy “doesn’t make public health sense.”
According to the top U.S. infectious disease expert, the elderly are one of the most vulnerable groups, but vaccination rates among them are low in China compared to other countries.
In China, authorities have focused on a vaccination campaign with people in critical positions first, those ages 18 to 59 next, and then those ages 60 and over.
Fauci said, “If you look at the prevalence of vaccinations among the elderly, that it was almost counterproductive, the people you really needed to protect were not getting protected.”
Fauci said that it would make sense if Chinese authorities implemented a temporary lockdown and their goal was to buy time to boost vaccination rates, but they don’t seem to be doing that.
He added, “It seems that in China, it was just a very, very strict, extraordinary lockdown where you lock people in the house, but without, seemingly, any endgame to it.”
One mistake the CCP made, according to Fauci, is that it refused outside vaccines.
There is also another reason. According to Fauci, China’s own COVID vaccines are not very effective.
Citing the China CDC report, CNBC revealed that older people in China are more skeptical of the domestically developed vaccine. Their clinical trials didn’t enroll enough older people. As a result, there wasn’t sufficient data on the Chinese vaccines’ safety and efficacy for this age group.
Dr. Ashish Jha is head of the White House COVID task force. Jha told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, he also recommended that China should focus on making sure the elderly get vaccinated.
He said that lockdowns and a “zero-COVID” policy would be very difficult to sustain.
Nearly three years after the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, China, most countries have already learned to coexist with the virus. However, the communist regime has insisted on their zero tolerance for COVID-19.
Over the past few days, protests emerged across China over the regime’s zero-COVID policy. Many people have called for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to step down.
In a statement on Monday, a representative for the White House’s National Security Council, said that the Chinese people have a right to peacefully protest.
The representative said, “We’ve said that zero COVID is not a policy we’re pursuing here in the United States. And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.”