On Monday, the National Health Commission said China had administered 139.97 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines as of Sunday.
That is up to about 3.29 million from Saturday’s total of around 136.68 million doses.
On Friday, China’s Sinovac Biotech said its third production plant for its Covid-19 vaccine was ready and had started manufacturing procedures for bulk vaccine ingredients, doubling its annual capacity to 2 billion doses.
A Sinovac spokesperson said the third facility, in Beijing, had started cultivating cells where the coronavirus would be grown, a procedure that could take a relatively long time.
Sinovac did not say when it will actually produce 2 billion doses of the vaccine.
More than 200 million doses of Sinovac’s vaccine named CoronaVac have been delivered globally, up from 160 million doses announced on March 22.