China reports shortages of flu vaccine after rush to avoid ‘twindemic’

Fears that response to public health drive could complicate efforts to contain Covid-19

A surge in demand for flu shots in Chinese cities has caused shortages, long lines and triple markups on vaccines by scalpers selling them online.

Residents, afraid of the possibility of catching both the flu and Covid-19 – what some have called a “twindemic”, have rushed to clinics since China began its flu vaccine campaign in September.

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