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China's optimized COVID measures 'science-based,' 'necessary': MFA

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22:30, November 11, 2022

China remains committed to its dynamic zero-COVID policy and the 20 prevention and control measures announced today to optimize COVID-19 response are necessary and science-based adjustments to existing measures, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Friday in response to a question about ongoing adjustments to China’s COVID-19 policies.

“The Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee held a meeting on this issue,” Zhao said. “Today the 20 measures announced by China’s National Health Commission to further improve COVID containment were aimed at a more science-based and targeted response.

“They certainly do not mean we can slacken in our response or even simply end COVID restrictions and lie flat.”

China was improving and adjusting its containment measures in response to virus mutations, he said. The improved measures would improve cross-border tourism and ease travel for global investors in China, he said.

“The adjustment is not only science-based but also necessary,” the ministry spokesperson said. “We hope everyone will continue to show understanding and support for our response efforts.”

With new global coronavirus variants, the pandemic was “very much still ongoing,” Zhao said. “In China, new cases keep emerging and the fight against COVID-19 remains a formidable task.

“We must keep our strategic resolve strong and apply science-based and precision-oriented methods as we ensure effective containment.”

The Chinese government remained committed to a “people-first and life-first philosophy,” he said, and to an approach “featuring preventing imported cases from abroad and resurgence at home, and to a dynamic zero-COVID policy.”

(Compiled by Feng Chi)

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