Chinese workers wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a mass vaccination center in Beijing on Jan. 5. Even with at least 5 homegrown vaccines nearing approval, China is setting a modest initial goal: 50 million people vaccinated by mid-February — about 3.5% of the total population.

BEIJING, CHINA – JANUARY 15: Chinese workers wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on January 15, 2021 in Beijing, China. With at least 5 homegrown vaccines nearing approval, China says it will vaccinate 50 million people by early February. The wider rollout is being coordinated mainly through employers and industry groups, with delivery drivers, food handlers, and construction workers among the first to receive doses. While China has largely controlled the spread of the virus, it is imposing quarantines and restrictions on much of the country to contain fresh outbreaks ahead of the Lunar New Year period when millions are expected to travel. Chinese companies are also producing over a billion doses of vaccines for export to mainly developing countries, a form of vaccine diplomacy as China tries to deflect criticism over their handling of the pandemic. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)