Despite being rich in culture and natural beauty, poverty in Xinjiang has been an enormous challenge for this harmonious multiethnic society. In recent years, Chinese government has tried to overcome this problem with various poverty alleviation programs.
On a hot morning in July 2020, Liang Hongyang, deputy director of the No. 6 Vaccine Office of the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BJIBP) under China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), rushed into the lab working on the COVID-19 vaccine. When he left the BJIBP building, Liang saw tents were pitched and people were waiting in a long queue to get vaccinated. He overheard someone say, “I finally feel safe after getting vaccinated.”