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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a swab sample at a Covid-19 testing facility in Beijing, China, on Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. Photo: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At least 47 Chinese officials are facing disciplinary actions for failing to control a worsening outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant, CNN reports.

Why it matters: China's "zero tolerance" COVID strategy stands in stark contrast to the ongoing virus response in the U.S., where vaccine hesitancy persists and some states have passed measures to ban mask mandates.

The big picture: The current uptick in COVID-19 cases, which has largely been driven by the Delta variant, has spread to more than 31 provinces in China and was responsible for more than 1,000 symptomatic infections in three weeks, per CNN.

  • In an effort to curb the rising cases, Chinese authorities have imposed strict lockdowns, mass testing, and quarantine and travel restrictions — measures last seen during the initial coronavirus outbreak in early 2020.

Driving the news: At least 47 officials, including heads of local governments, health commissions, hospitals and airports, have been punished for not efficiently or thoroughly implementing COVID-19 preventative measures, per CNN.

  • In Nanjing, for instance, 15 officials were disciplined for allowing COVID infections to spread at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport, per CNN.
  • At least three officials at the airport in Nanjing are under investigation and two have been detained.
  • In Zhangjiajie, a tourism destination in southern Henan province, 18 officials were punished for a relaxed response in dealing with a case spike.

Go deeper: Chinese authorities plan stricter approach to COVID-19 for Beijing Games

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Oct 19, 2021 - Health

Virginia governor has had long COVID for more than a year

Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam still has long COVID-19 symptoms more than a year after his initial infection, he said in an interview with the Virginian-Pilot.

Why it matters: The Democratic governor is one of millions of Americans suffering from symptoms of long COVID, which could have serious implications for employers and social programs if enough people can no longer work because of it, per Axios' Caitlin Owens.

Oct 19, 2021 - Health

J&J expects $2.5 billion of vaccine sales this year

J&J's COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson registered $502 million of global revenue from its COVID-19 vaccine in the third quarter, bringing year-to-date vaccine sales to $766 million.

The big picture: J&J, which is selling the vaccine at a not-for-profit price of $7.50 per dose, still expects to generate $2.5 billion of COVID vaccine sales this year, executives said Tuesday. But that total will still dwarf the use and sales of the vaccines made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

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Puerto Rico leads U.S. COVID vaccination rates

A mass vaccination event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 31. Photo: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP via Getty Images

Puerto Rico has the highest percentage of people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus in the United States as of Oct. 19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: The island has managed to accomplish such feats amid frequent power outages, earthquakes and high dependence on imports of health technologies from outside the region.