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‘Irresponsible’: China hits back at WHO criticism of zero-Covid strategy

By Samuel Lovett
AFP via Getty Images

China has dismissed critical remarks made by the World Health Organisation against its pursuit of ‘zero-Covid’ and said it will continue to enforce the controversial strategy.

The Chinese foreign ministry urged the WHO to “refrain from making irresponsible remarks” after director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the country’s current approach to Covid, in attempting to eradicate transmission, was not sustainable.

“When we talk about the ‘zero-Covid,’ we don't think that it's sustainable, considering the behavior of the virus now and what we anticipate in the future,” Dr Ghebreyesus said.

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