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A medical worker holds a dose of the Sinovac vaccine at a district health facility as Indonesia begins mass vaccination for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), starting with its healthcare workers, in Jakarta, Indonesia Jan 14, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>WHO validates Sinovac vaccine

The World Health Organization validated on Tuesday the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac for emergency use.

According to the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, the Sinovac vaccine is recommended for use in adults 18 years and older, in a two-dose schedule with a spacing of two to four weeks.

The vaccine efficacy results showed the Sinovac vaccine prevented severe COVID-19 and hospitalization in 100 percent of the studied population.

In an official press release, WHO Assistant Director-General for Access to Health Products Mariangela Simao said: "The world desperately needs multiple COVID-19 vaccines to address the huge access inequity across the globe. We urge manufacturers to participate in the COVAX Facility, share their know-how and data and contribute to bringing the pandemic under control."

Liu Jingjun (center), who was abducted 11 years ago, is surrounded by his father Liu Liqin and his mother at their home in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, in 2020. [Photo by Yang Zhoufen/For China Daily]

>'Reunion' campaign finds missing children

Chinese police have located or rescued 1,680 missing or abducted children this year, the Ministry of Public Security said on Tuesday. Since the nationwide campaign for tuanyuan, meaning “reunion” in Chinese, was launched in January, police have resolved 85 cold cases involving child abduction or trafficking and organized more than 400 family reunions, the ministry told a press conference. One victim had been separated from their family for 54 years, it said. A total of 223 suspects were arrested in connection with abduction cases during the period.

The Ministry of Public Security established a national DNA database to fight child trafficking in 2009 and launched the online platform Tuanyuan in May 2016.

Over the past five years, the platform has helped find more than 4,700 missing children.

A real estate agent (left) fields queries from prospective homebuyers at a shopping mall in Shanghai on Aug 1. [Photo/For China Daily]

>Property loans increase at slowest pace

As of the end of April, loans to China's property sector expanded by 10.5 percent year-on-year, a growth rate at an eight-year low, said Liang Tao, vice chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, at a news conference on Tuesday.

The balance of trust loans and the amount of wealth management products in the sector also continued to decline, Liang said. In particular, the amount of wealth management products associated with non-standard property assets dropped by 36 percent year-on-year.

The excessive capital flow into the property market has been preliminarily curbed, Liang said, adding the country will maintain stringent crackdowns on irregularities to prevent and mitigate risks.

China's policymakers have vowed to ensure the stable and healthy development of the property market, repeatedly emphasizing "houses are for living in, not for speculation."

So far, Vietnam has recorded few cases by international standards. Photo/Reuters

>New hybrid COVID variant found in Vietnam

"Vietnam has uncovered a new COVID-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India and the UK," Nguyen Thanh Long, Vietnam's Health Minister said at a government meeting on Saturday.

Nguyen said the new hybrid variant was more transmissible than previously known versions, especially in the air.

He described the latest mutation as "very dangerous".

Nguyen said it was discovered after running tests on newly detected patients, and added the genetic code of the virus would be made available soon.

Vietnam has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

The country has registered more than 6,700 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic. Of those, more than half have been recorded since late April this year.

It has also recorded 47 COVID-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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