Almost 250 million people in China may have caught Covid-19 in the first 20 days of December, according to an internal estimate from the nation’s top health officials, Bloomberg News and the Financial Times reported Friday, December 23, 2022. If correct, the estimate, which cannot be confirmed, would account for roughly 18% of China’s 1.4 billion people and represent the largest Covid-19 outbreak to date globally.
The figures cited were presented during an internal meeting of China’s National Health Commission (NHC). For people outside of China, it is always difficult to trust news, given expected biases from the Chinese Communist Party and the pride that the Chinese have over their newfound economic and technological superiority. There are major factors form the backdrop of the current Chinese outbreak: 1) failed “COVID-19 Zero” policies that kept a large fraction of the population in lockdown, thus preventing the more permissive general spread and immune challenge, 2) mass deployment of the Sinovac Coronovac killed whole virus vaccine.1
While the vaccine is apparently completely ineffective against Omicron, it may be responsible for misdirecting the immune system or paradoxically making infections worse in a process called antibody-dependent enhancement. China has recently expanded the choice of vaccines to a total of 12 COVID-19 vaccines available, including five inactivated vaccines, four recombinant protein vaccines, one adenovirus shot, one recombinant novel coronavirus vaccine for inhalation and one nasal spray influenza virus vector vaccine, according to a report by Caijing magazine in December 2022.2
Chinese authorities are making plans to kick off a fourth dose of any vaccine in the country. The fourth dose may be implemented in the near future, starting with specific risk groups. In a recent CNN interview, Dr. Jessica Justman, an associate professor of medicine in epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and senior technical director of the global health program there, said, “I’m concerned that China right now is one giant incubator of SARS-CoV-2. There is the potential to have so many infections and, with that, new variants.”3
We dedicate this week’s McCullough Report to the current Chinese crisis with Dr. Li-Meng Yan, host of “The Voice of Dr. Yan.”4 Dr. Yan, a Chinese virologist, is keeping in close contact with informants inside mainland China.
Some important issues came out during the interview: 1) the proportion of Chinese citizens immunized with the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine, whereas none of the US population, so the immune systems have been primed differently, 2) a large unknown fraction of the Chinese infections may be recurrent infections, 3) an unknown fraction of the hospitalizations and deaths may be due to recurrent infection as opposed to index cases; this would be distinctly unusual since second and third infections in the US have been mild and inconsequential, 4) it is unclear how the Chinese are deploying early treatments; however, Dr. Yan indicated that unfortunately that the Chinese had missed the boat on simple, affordable, and available viricidal nasal washes (povidone-iodine, peroxide, colloidal silver, xylitol, etc.).
The interview and the insights of Dr. Yan on the world’s largest population are invaluable at this time of crisis.
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