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Chinese vaccine plans spark hope for end of 'zero COVID'

A campaign to vaccinate the elderly has sparked hopes China might roll back severe anti-virus controls that prompted protesters to demand President Xi Jinping resign, but the country faces daunting hurdles and up to a year of hard work before 'zero COVID' can end.

Women wearing face masks react to the freezing temperatures as they walk through a deserted street in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Chinese universities are sending students home as the ruling Communist Party tightens anti-virus controls and tries to prevent more protests after crowds angered by its severe "zero COVID" restrictions called for President Xi Jinping to resign in the biggest show of public dissent in decades. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)