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China to allow German expats to use German COVID-19 vaccines


A nurse displays a vial of the Comirnaty by BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a vaccination centre in Berlin, Germany, January 1, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi

The Chinese foreign ministry said China and Germany had reached an agreement on providing “German vaccines” to German nationals in China, after the German Chancellor recently said that BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine would be used by German expatriates.

Relevant arrangements will be discussed and determined by the two sides through diplomatic channels, Mao Ning, a spokeswoman at the Chinese foreign ministry told reporters on Friday at a regular press conference.

On Nov. 4, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, on his visit to Beijing, announced an agreement to let expatriates in China use the COVID-19 vaccine from Germany’s BioNTech.

BioNTech’s (22UAy.DE) COVID vaccine would be the first non-Chinese coronavirus vaccine to be administered in China, although to just German nationals, as Beijing had until now insisted on administering domestically produced vaccines.

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