Guo Weimin, spokesman of the fourth session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, speaks during a news conference via video link in Beijing, on March 3, 2021. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]
>Top political advisory body briefs media
The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held a news conference via video link on Wednesday.
Spokesman of the fourth session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, briefed journalists on the session and took questions.
The session will open at 3 pm Thursday and close on the afternoon of March 10.
As of the end of February, China had provided COVID -19 vaccine related assistance to 69 countries and two international organizations, as well as exported vaccines to 28 countries. "These numbers are also growing," he added.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging many countries. "China is willing to work with other nations to tackle and prevail over the pandemic as soon as possible, and contribute more to protecting the lives and health of people around the world," he said.
>Over 5M get COVID-19 vaccine
Over 5 million people in Beijing had received COVID-19 vaccines as of 2 pm Tuesday, local authorities said. Among them, 2.64 million people had been administered two doses of the vaccine.
Beijing has completed COVID-19 inoculation of key groups, such as frontline customs inspectors of imported cold-chain goods and personnel working in the overseas and domestic transportation sectors, since it was launched on Jan 1.
The capital will continue to promote the vaccination of people with high infection risk, including those responsible for maintaining social operations and ensuring the supply of necessities, as well as personnel in service and labor-intensive industries.
Beijing also will inoculate the elderly who need to be vaccinated for special reasons and those in good physical condition, and gradually complete the inoculation of other groups.
>GIs protection for EU products
China's National Intellectual Property Administration on Monday approved geographical indications protection for nearly 100 products from the European Union, increasing the total protected EU GIs in the country to 134. The agreement also increases the total number of Chinese GIs that are officially protected in the EU to 110.
Within four years after its entry into force, the scope of the agreement will expand to cover an additional 175 GIs from each side.
The administration vowed that China will strengthen the overseas protection of Chinese GIs, provide high-quality IPR services for foreign enterprises and severely crack down on infringement and GI counterfeiting.