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China’s vice-premier signals shift in Covid stance as some lockdowns eased

Sun Chunlan says Omicron less pathogenic as Beijing appears to respond to protests

One of China’s most senior pandemic response officials has said the country is entering a “new stage and mission”, in the latest indication of the government’s changing approach after mass protests against its zero-Covid policy.

Sun Chunlan, China’s vice-premier, made the comments to national health officials on Wednesday, according to the Xinhau state media outlet. It came as several regions, including Shanghai, began to lift lockdowns despite continuing high case numbers.

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