>Top political advisory body briefs media
The National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference held a news conference via video link on Wednesday.
Spokesman of the fourth session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee, briefed journalists on the session and took questions.
The session will open at 3 pm Thursday and close on the afternoon of March 10.
As of the end of February, China had provided COVID -19 vaccine related assistance to 69 countries and two international organizations, as well as exported vaccines to 28 countries. "These numbers are also growing," he added.
He said the COVID-19 pandemic is still ravaging many countries. "China is willing to work with other nations to tackle and prevail over the pandemic as soon as possible, and contribute more to protecting the lives and health of people around the world," he said.
>Over 5M get COVID-19 vaccine
Over 5 million people in Beijing had received COVID-19 vaccines as of 2 pm Tuesday, local authorities said. Among them, 2.64 million people had been administered two doses of the vaccine.
Beijing has completed COVID-19 inoculation of key groups, such as frontline customs inspectors of imported cold-chain goods and personnel working in the overseas and domestic transportation sectors, since it was launched on Jan 1.
The capital will continue to promote the vaccination of people with high infection risk, including those responsible for maintaining social operations and ensuring the supply of necessities, as well as personnel in service and labor-intensive industries.
Beijing also will inoculate the elderly who need to be vaccinated for special reasons and those in good physical condition, and gradually complete the inoculation of other groups.
>GIs protection for EU products
China's National Intellectual Property Administration on Monday approved geographical indications protection for nearly 100 products from the European Union, increasing the total protected EU GIs in the country to 134. The agreement also increases the total number of Chinese GIs that are officially protected in the EU to 110.
Within four years after its entry into force, the scope of the agreement will expand to cover an additional 175 GIs from each side.
The administration vowed that China will strengthen the overseas protection of Chinese GIs, provide high-quality IPR services for foreign enterprises and severely crack down on infringement and GI counterfeiting.
>Students not getting enough sleep
Lack of sleep among children and teenagers in China has worsened in the past decade, with more than 80 percent getting insufficient sleep on school days, a rep ort released on Monday said. Chinese youngsters snoozed an average of 7.8 hours a night on school days last year, 20 minutes less than in 2009, according to the report from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Psychology.
Researchers surveyed more than 15,800 students from Henan, Hebei and Guangdong provinces from April to July, asking them what time they went to bed and woke up on days when they went to school.
Only 46.4 percent slept for at least 8 hours, compared with 47.4 percent in 2009, the report said.
According to an action plan laying out measures to be taken from 2019 to 2030 to promote the health of citizens, primary school students are recommended to get a minimum of 10 hours' sleep a night. Nine hours is recommended for junior high school students and 8 hours for senior high school students.
By those standards, more than 95 percent of students in primary schools, nearly 91 percent of those in junior high schools and 84 percent of students in senior high schools do not get enough sleep on school days, heightening the risk of them developing cognitive, mental and physical health problems.
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