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Why China Is Sticking With Its ‘Covid Zero’ Strategy

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Two years ago, China was being lauded by the World Health Organization for its success in beating the coronavirus. But its insistence on adhering to a so-called Covid Zero policy is leaving it increasingly isolated as other countries that suffered far-worse outbreaks return to a semblance of pre-pandemic life. Their populations have built up a large degree of protection through waves of infections and more-effective vaccines. Chinese officials have said shots alone can’t prevent infections and stringent curbs aimed at wiping out the virus are needed to avoid a health care calamity. President Xi Jinping has pledged to try to reduce the economic and social impact resulting from enforcing the strategy, which Hong Kong also follows. But he has vowed to stick with it despite continued flareups — including one that locked down the financial capital Shanghai for two months this year. 

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