The former British colony is one of the few places in the world that was able to guarantee more than enough doses to vaccinate its 7.5 million people, but mistrust of the government, combined with misinformation on social networks and few infections, has caused the vaccination level to drop.
On Tuesday, a member of the government’s Vaccine Committee warned that Hong Kong residents “only have a three-month window” before the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines expires.
“These vaccines have an expiration date,” Thomas Tsang, a former comptroller for the Health Protection Center, told RTHK Radio.
“It cannot be used after the expiration date, and BioNTech’s community vaccination centers will stop in September as planned,” he added.
To date, only 19% of the city’s population has received one dose of either vaccine, while 14% have received both doses.
Even among health workers, there are doubts about receiving vaccinations. This month, the City Hospital Authority revealed that only a third of its employees had been vaccinated.
Hong Kong received 3.26 million doses of vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech, but only 1.23 million were injected.
“What we have is probably all we have this year,” Tsang warned.
Hong Kong received about 2 million doses of Sinovac, but this vaccine could be kept for a little longer (one year).
Warning from the authorities Hong Kong It is happening at a time when other regions of the world, especially low-income countries, are racing to obtain vaccines to combat outbreaks aggressively. Covid-19.
Six Latin American and Caribbean leaders on Monday asked the international community to get vaccines fairly and for rich countries to share their surpluses.
The request was signed by Alberto Fernandez, President of Argentina. Carlos Varado, President of Costa Rica. Andres Manuel Lopez ObradorPresident of Mexico; Andrew Michael Holnes, Prime Minister of Jamaica; Luis Alberto Ars Katakura, President of Bolivia; Guillermo Laso Mendoza, President of Ecuador, and Luis Alberto Lacal Bou, President of Uruguay.
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