An elderly woman receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot at a community in Beijing's Haidian district on March 14, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
>Mass vaccinations for older adults
China will start mass COVID-19 vaccinations for people over age 60 after it receives sufficient data from clinical trials on the effectiveness and safety of the vaccines, a senior health official said on Sunday.
Research and development of vaccines for older adults is speeding up, and some regions have started vaccinating people over 60 who are in good health, He Qinghua, an official at the National Health Commission, said at a news conference.
A total of 74.96 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered by midnight Saturday.
The country will gradually increase the scale of its mass COVID-19 vaccinations in a safe, orderly manner, he said.
Some people might think it is not urgent for them to get vaccinated as China has successfully controlled the virus, but it is still raging globally and no one can stay detached from the world, he said. "Vaccination is the most effective way to control the epidemic. I hope the public can get vaccinated quickly," he said.
>New discoveries at Sanxingdui Ruins
Chinese archaeologists announced the discovery of over 500 cultural relics, during an ongoing excavation at the Sanxingdui Ruins site in Guanghan, Southwest China’s Sichuan province. The relics were uncovered in six sacrificial pits that date back over 3,200 years.
Among the important cultural finds are gold and bronze masks, bronze ware, more than 100 ivory tusks, textiles and jade among other artifacts.
In No 3 pit, a rich reservoir for bronze ware, archaeologists found two square zun jars, a typical ancient Chinese bronze ritual vessel.
Such artifacts were not found in 1986. Some of the bronze ware items were decorated with dragon and ox patterns.
The Sanxingdui Ruins is dubbed as one of the world's greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century.
The site was originally discovered in the 1920s by a farmer.
A huge surprise came in 1986 when two sacrificial pits filled with more than 1,000 relics, including gold masks, bronze sacred trees, bronze ware, jade ware and ivory, were discovered by local workers excavating clay for bricks.