Beijing today condemned the imposition of Covid tests from a dozen countries to travelers from China warning of this could take “countermeasures” in retaliation. “Some countries have introduced entry restrictions aimed exclusively at Chinese travelers. This has no scientific basis and some practices are unacceptable,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning, adding that China could “take countermeasures based on the principle of reciprocity”.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said COVID-19 testing for travelers from China would continue despite Beijing’s protests. “I think we are doing our duty to ask for testing,” Borne told Radio France Info when asked about China’s response, before adding: “We will continue to do so.”
Meanwhile, after the financial timesThe EU has offered China free vaccines against Covid-19 to help Beijing contain the spread of the epidemic in the country after restrictions are lifted. The Financial Times reported that Beijing has not yet responded to the offer. A European-level meeting of the EU Health Security Committee, a technical advisory group on health security in the EU, is scheduled for this afternoon.
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