There was also a practical problem: in many countries, including the United States, it is impossible to get a Chinese vaccine because they have not been approved for use by regulators.
With about half of adults in the US having received at least one Covid-19 shot, many travelers eligible to enter China — either Chinese citizens or foreigners who managed to obtain a visa — were left unsure whether the vaccine they received would be deemed sufficient to travel to China.
China’s embassy in Washington finally provided some clarity in a recent statement, outlining what tests travelers to China who have received one of the US-approved vaccines — Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — should get in order to be approved to enter the country.
With China largely back to business and infection rates low, it is likely many will soon attempt that process, particularly as the number of vaccinated continues to rise in the US.
And approving the BioNTech vaccine, which has an impressive efficacy of 97%, could also aid China in improving immunity levels among its own population, amid some concern about the relative low efficacy of domestic vaccines and supply shortages.
With the Pfizer-BioNTech shot among those attacked by China’s propaganda organs, however, approving it may take more than mere scientific sign-off, and it remains to be seen how much damage the criticism has had in terms of undermining the Chinese public’s confidence in foreign vaccines.
The business of China: Xi takes aim at bossy foreigners
“Attempts to erect walls or decouple run counter to the law of economics and market principles,” Xi said Tuesday via video at China’s Boao Forum for Asia. “They would hurt others’ interests without benefiting oneself.”
“We must not let the rules set by one or a few countries be imposed on others, or allow unilateralism pursued by certain countries to set the pace for the whole world,” Xi added.
While Xi did not name any country during his speech — top Chinese leaders usually do not name and shame — his remarks seemed like a veiled criticism of the United States, which has stepped up pressure on China in recent months.
Last month, the US and its allies condemned Beijing and imposed coordinated sanctions against Chinese officials over alleged repression of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province. Most of the harsh sanctions the Trump administration imposed on some of China’s most prominent technology companies remain in place, and trade tensions continue under the Biden administration.
“Bossing others around or meddling in others’ internal affairs would not get one any support,” Xi said at the forum, which was attended by thousands of executives and political leaders.
Some of America’s biggest entrepreneurs and investors participated in the event as they try to navigate the tumultuous relationship between the world’s top two economies. Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman and Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of the world’s largest hedge fund, took part in a panel Monday night, according to the organizers. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are also expected to attend.
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“At the invitation of US President Joe Biden, President Xi Jinping will attend the climate summit in Beijing on April 22 via video and deliver a speech.”
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Part of that plan would be a diminishing level of importance placed on stadium attendees and home fan bases, and greater focus on broadcast rights and international revenue, a model similar to that followed by the CSL, where the hope was that headline signings of stars like Oscar and Carlos Tevez would bring with them viewership around the world.