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Express workers process packages at a delivery station in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, on June 18, 2021. [Photo/IC]

>China handles over 6.59b packages

China's postal and courier companies handled more packages during this year's mid-year shopping spree compared with the same period in 2020 and 2019, official data showed.

More than 6.59 billion packages were handled from June 1 to June 20, during the so-called "618" online shopping festival, up 24.24 percent from a year earlier, the State Post Bureau said. The figure represented an 84.16 percent increase compared with the same period in 2019.

The highest daily handling volume exceeded 400 million during the period, up 25.86 percent compared with normal daily volume, the data showed.

E-commerce giants set new sales records during the largest promotion event so far this year, demonstrating the huge potential of China's consumer market, according to the bureau.

An employee of Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd checks COVID-19 vaccines. [Photo/Xinhua]

>Four vaccines included in export list

China has included four COVID-19 vaccines that have been granted conditional market approval domestically in a list of vaccine products available for export. The four vaccines are manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd, CanSino Biologics Inc. and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd, according to an announcement posted on the official website of the Ministry of Commerce.

Among the vaccines, two manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd and Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd have already been listed by the World Health Organization for emergency use.

They have been administered on a large scale in China and have been approved for use in about 100 countries, said Li Xingqian, a ministry official.

The ministry will work with relevant parties to assist foreign countries in purchasing vaccines from China, take concrete action to help make the vaccines a global public good, and promote the building of a global community of health for all, he said.

File photo of Cui Tiankai. [Photo/Agencies]

>China's top envoy to US says farewell

Cui Tiankai, the longest-serving Chinese ambassador to the United States, will leave his post for Beijing soon.

Since beginning to serve "as China's ambassador to the United States in April 2013, I have been working in the US for more than eight years", Cui, 68, said in a farewell letter on Monday night. "I will leave for China soon. This was the longest term in my diplomatic career abroad, which allowed me to experience many historic events, meet many friends, and left me with memories for life," he said in the letter addressed to the Chinese community in the US.

Cui said the China-US relationship is at a "critical crossroads", and that as US policy toward China undergoes a new round of restructuring, it faces a choice between dialogue and cooperation, or confrontation and conflict.

Cui said he hoped overseas Chinese would "continue to be a firm promoter and active contributor to the healthy and stable development of Sino-US relations".


A nursing home resident receives a shot of the coronavirus disease vaccine at King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, in Brooklyn's Bath Beach neighborhood in New York City, on Jan 6, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

>Nursing home deaths in US up 32%

Deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes in the US soared by 32 percent last year, a government watchdog reported Tuesday in the most comprehensive look yet at the ravages of COVID-19 among its most vulnerable victims.

The report from the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services found that about 4 in 10 Medicare recipients in nursing homes had or likely had COVID-19 in 2020, and that deaths overall jumped by 169,291 from the previous year, before the coronavirus appeared.


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