China administers over 200m COVID-19 vaccine doses

China has administered more than 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide, a health official told a news conference on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the pandemic kept spreading across the world, with the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases rising for eight weeks in a row, said Mi Feng, spokesperson for the National Health Commission.

There were 5.26 million new cases reported globally earlier, the highest weekly rise since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Mi said.

As new variants of the virus continue to emerge, China still faces challenges in preventing imported cases and domestic resurgence, he added. (Xinhua/NAN)