Video of Chinese Citizens Kneeling as Vaccine Passports Scanned Goes Viral

A video appearing to show Chinese citizens kneeling in the street while their vaccine passports are scanned has gone viral.

The footage was allegedly recorded in Jinan City in Shandong Province on April 1, and it has so far been viewed over 450,000 times.

Twitter user Songpinganq posted the video with the caption: "Generations of indoctrination comes to this: People lining up, on their knees, waiting for Chinese stormtroopers [to] scan their movement licenses-QR code vaccine passports. 2022/04/01 Jinan city Shandong province."

In the video, a long line of people can be seen either crouching or kneeling in the street. At the start, it appears to show two individuals in full COVID protective clothing scanning people's phones while they kneel.

The person recording the video then steps into the road and shows a line of people extending down the street with all of them either kneeling or crouching down.

Newsweek has contacted the People's Republic of China for comment.

China has begun its latest battle with COVID across the country. Shanghai, one of China's most populated cities, has gone into a lockdown in order to uphold China's "zero-COVID" policy.

The country added more than 13,000 local COVID cases on Sunday, marking the highest daily increase in the latest virus outbreak, according to the Global Times. Shanghai has been one of the worst-hit cities, reporting a total of more than 8,000 cases, including 7,788 asymptomatic infections.

Footage of empty streets and packed isolation centers has also sparked concern online. Videos posted on Twitter last week by Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist, showed the contrast.

"Ghost town, Shanghai in an eerie quiet lockdown," he wrote as the caption.

"With 26 million official residents (undocumented locals=millions more), Shanghai is one of the most populated cities on Earth.

"It looks like a movie but it's real, you can also spot the isolation centers at the 40-second mark."

The footage shows the main roads completely empty except for the odd police or emergency vehicle.

The U.K. Government's chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance warned that countries had not seen the last of COVID despite the rollout of vaccines across the globe.

Speaking at a meeting titled 'The Science of Covid', hosted by the Royal Society on March 30 and March 31, he insisted it was important for the world to be able to produce new vaccines quickly.

"It's very obvious to everyone in this meeting that there will be a future pandemic. That, I think, is clear. What it is going to be, we have no idea.," he said.

"It's also clear this one is not over, and we've got very high infection rates at the moment, and the room for this virus to evolve remains very large, so we could be taken by surprise again with a variant that escapes immunity."

The Director of Yale University's health equity office, Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith issued a similar message last week.

"The pandemic isn't over, it isn't over for anyone," she told the New York Times on Tuesday.

On the same day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that a more contagious version of the Omicron variant, BA.2, is now the dominant virus strain in the U.S.

Also on Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of a fourth dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for adults aged 50 and older.

Workers and volunteers look on in a compound where residents are tested for COVID during the second stage of a pandemic lockdown in Jing' an district in Shanghai on April 4, 2022. A video has begun circulating on social media showing Chinese citizens having what appears to be their vaccine passports scanned while they kneel. Hector Retamal/Getty Images

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