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WTO to conduct 8th trade policy review of China******
BEIJING, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The World Trade Organization (WTO) will start the eighth trade policy review of China on Wednesday, the Ministry of Commerce said Tuesday.
The review would last three days until Friday and will be attended by Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao and Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen in Beijing via video link, and China's Ambassador to the WTO Li Chenggang in Geneva, the ministry said.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of China's accession to the WTO. Over the past 20 years, China has fully fulfilled its accession commitments, actively participated in the work of the WTO, and made great contributions to upholding the multilateral trading system, the ministry said.
The country had undergone seven trade policy reviews by the WTO previously. The last review was conducted in 2018.
The ministry will elaborate on China's new development philosophy during the eighth review, expound on the country's new reform and opening-up measures, and respond to the concerns raised by the WTO members.
"China welcomes all countries to share development opportunities with it and is willing to work with all parties to jointly safeguard the multilateral trading system with WTO as the core," the ministry said. Enditem
S.Korea registers 119,098 breakthrough COVID******
South Korea registered a total of 119,098 breakthrough COVID-19 infections, which refer to the fully vaccinated people who were infected with the virus, the health authorities said Monday.。
The number of those who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks after the full vaccination stood at 119,098 as of December 12, up from 92,075 a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).。
It accounted for 0.292 percent of the fully inoculated people that reached 40,788,694 on December 12.。
It is known that people can be protected from the virus two weeks after the full vaccination.。
Among the total breakthrough cases, the number of critically ill patients was 1,679. The death toll stood at 764.。
The number of those who were infected with COVID-19 after receiving booster shots reached 1,232 on December 12, taking up 0.043 percent of the total 2,838,643 who got the booster jabs.。
In the latest tally, the country reported 5,318 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, lifting the total number of infections to 570,414. The daily caseload was down from 6,313 in the prior day due to fewer virus tests over the weekend.。
Germany to offer 4th COVID******
Germany on Thursday recommended a fourth coronavirus vaccine for at-risk groups, following in the footsteps of Israel and several European countries.
Germany's STIKO vaccine commission said a top-up shot for the most vulnerable was necessary after recent data showed that "protection against the currently circulating Omicron variant wanes within a few months of the first booster vaccination.
The fourth jab should be given to people over 70 and anyone over the age of five with a weakened immune system, STIKO said, as well as to those working in medical and care facilities to limit the impact of quarantine and illness on staffing.
Israel became the first country worldwide last month to start rolling out fourth COVID-19 shots, initially to the elderly and health-care workers. It has since made the additional jab available to all vulnerable people over the age of 18.
Denmark, Hungary and Spain are also offering fourth jabs to high-risk groups, as are other countries including Chile and Brazil.
The move has not been universally welcomed, with the World Health Organization repeatedly warning wealthier nations that they cannot boost their way out of the pandemic.
"Blanket booster programs are likely to prolong the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than ending it, by diverting supply to countries that already have high levels of vaccination coverage, giving the virus more opportunity to spread and mutate," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in December.
Germany's decision comes as the European Union's most populous nation is grappling with record infection numbers fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant.
Germany recorded more than 236,000 new cases over the past 24 hours on Thursday, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
Just under 75 percent of the German population are double jabbed, a slightly lower rate than in other Western European countries such as France and Spain.
More than 53 percent of Germans are triple jabbed.
Germany only uses the mRNA vaccines made by BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna as top-up jabs.
STIKO recommended at least a three-month gap between the two booster doses for high-risk groups, and six months for health care workers and carers.
The expert body does not recommend a fourth dose for those who caught the virus after their third shot.