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In December, China announced that it planned to inoculate 50 million people against COVID-19 by Feb. 11. Although it was an ambitious goal, it wasn’t outlandish for a country that seemed to have done better than most in bringing the pandemic under control.

Yet vaccination turns out to be the one virus benchmark where China has fared badly: As of Feb. 22, it had managed just 2.89 doses per 100 people (or 40.5 million shots), according to Bloomberg’s vaccine tracker. By contrast, the United States has administered 19.33 doses for every 100 people (a world-beating 64.18 million).

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