Chinese health authorities announced late on Monday that they have decided to rename "novel coronavirus pneumonia" to "novel coronavirus infection" and downgrade the management of the disease from category A to category B starting Jan 8.
The city of Ordos in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region has launched a free testing program for the prevention of birth defects.
Ordos recently issued a notice to further strengthen COVID-19 prevention and controls during the Spring Festival holiday.
Nearly two years after the COVID-19 outbreak, China has granted emergency approval for its first antibody combination therapy for COVID-19 treatment, adding a tool to the world's arsenal against the disease.
Giving children COVID-19 vaccine shots is an important part of building up immunity barrier for the entire population, as well as an important measure to block the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Ordos has begun offering COVID-19 booster shots to people over 18 who have already been vaccinated for more than six months.