The White House stated on Monday (28th) that it is closely monitoring the development of anti-blockade protests in various parts of China. It believes that China’s epidemic prevention policy of “zeroing out” is unsustainable, and the United States supports the rights of people all over the world, including China, to peaceful demonstrations.
White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said that the zero-zero policy is not the direction the United States is pursuing, and it is difficult for China to rely on the zero-zero policy to prevent the virus. The U.S. has responded to the outbreak by increasing vaccination rates and ensuring more people have access to testing and treatments.
“We have always supported everyone’s right to demonstrate peacefully, both in the United States and around the world, and that includes the People’s Republic of China,” Kirby said.
Kirby said that U.S. officials are paying close attention to the development of anti-blockade protests. In addition, the supply chain has not been seen to be particularly affected.
Relying on China’s strict epidemic prevention policy, the death toll from the epidemic is much lower than that of the United States, but it also severely hits China’s economy and people’s livelihood.
The White House also called on Beijing to increase vaccination rates among older people.
Anthony Fauci, an American epidemic prevention expert, said in an interview on Monday that from a public health perspective, China’s epidemic prevention policy is meaningless, “the elderly are one of the high-risk groups, but the vaccination rate of the elderly in China is lower than other The country. China’s vaccine policy puts the most critically ill people first, followed by people aged 18 to 59, and then people over 60.”
According to Chinese official data, as of August this year, about 86% of people over the age of 60 have been fully vaccinated, and 68% have received boosters. In the United States, these two figures were 92% and 70% respectively during the same period.
Ashish Jha, director of the White House Epidemic Prevention Group, also said that the blockade and zeroing are difficult to sustain, suggesting that China should ensure that the elderly have been vaccinated. Kirby revealed that the United States has not received any vaccine-related requests from China.