Sput Mid March, all Hong Kong residents over the age of 30 are eligible to book a vaccination. They also have a luxurious choice: between vaccines. Pfizer-BioNTech Made in Germany or made by Chinese company Sinovac, despite abundant supply, only 8% of the population would choose to fire. One of the reasons is trust in the government, which has resulted from two years of political turmoil. It’s just the way Hong Kong’s demolition of liberty has put more pressure on controlling the virus.
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Vaccination in Hong Kong has been delayed further in similar locations, such as Singapore, where about 20% of people have been vaccinated.A January survey before vaccination began, found that only 37% of Hong Kong residents needed it. jab Since then, local media have continued to count the number of deaths in the days and weeks following vaccination, although there is ample evidence that vaccination leads to a lower chance of death, not much.The infection rate is so low. Those concerned about the side-effects felt they could hold off on taking the transfusion.On April 15, the government said it was beginning to allow people aged 16-29.
The introduction of the vaccine has become very political. The key role it plays in Sinovac’s vaccine is controversial. (Pictured) Sinovac does not publish data from the “third phase” clinical trial in a peer-reviewed journal, which is an important international standard. It appears to be less effective than the vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, which reduce the risk of COVID-19 addiction by more than 90%. Sinovac’s prod trial found efficacy rates that ranged from 83% to slightly more than 50%, a criterion considered by the World Health Organization. That it is a suitable vaccine for general use At a meeting on April 10, Chinese health official Gao Fu appeared to agree that China’s vaccine efficacy is not very high and it might be better to combine it with other products’ doses. (Later he said The words are misinterpreted)
It did not ask the Hong Kong Vaccine Approval Committee to consider the effectiveness of China’s prodts compared to that of Pfizer-BioNTech “All politicians have Sinovac and medical professionals have BioNTech,” said Fukuda, a member of the committee. “All politicians have Sinovac, and medical professionals have BioNTech. : What does that tell you? ”Said a medical scientist in Hong Kong. China has made tougher vaccination decisions, saying it will speed up the process of obtaining visas for people who prove to be vaccinated from China. As a result, some people with families or mainland businesses feel compelled to admit. “About a third of those who took Sinovac were coerced, and the third did it for personal gain or favor with someone and the third. The last one wants to be vaccinated, ”said another public health expert.
Tense politics complicate Hong Kong’s response since the virus was first detected. In January 2020, territory leader Carrie Lam contested the closure of the border with the mainland, saying doing so would be In response to 9,000 medical workers in pro-democratic trade unions, more than 60% of the people surveyed by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute supported them.
In September, the government offered free tests of COVID-19 to the entire population. The policy was borrowed from a citywide test campaign that took place in parts of mainland China. But fewer than 1.8 million Hong Kongers accepted the screening of 7.5 million. Refusing the test was a way of expressing displeasure towards the government. And some questionable residents were upset at them. DNA May end up in mainland China The surveillance concerns have also made people wary of cell phone apps, which they are supposed to use for contact tracking purposes, recording details when they check-in at places like restaurants.
The perception that Hong Kong’s health workers are taking orders from mainland authorities continues. In December, some people traveled to Shenzhen to discuss ideas for detecting and packing the virus with staff there. Since then, officials have run what they call an “ambush outing” where the apartments are briefly blocked and everyone inside will be tested.
A report published in February by researchers from three Hong Kong universities said an informal network formed during the 2019 protests for democracy could help the city weather the early stages of the epidemic. Democratic advocacy groups purchase a large number of masks and disinfectants. When did family, friends and neighbors warn each other to wear masks and be socially detached, based on lessons from 2003? SARSAnother coronavirus disease, which kills nearly 300 people in the city.
But the big security law passed in June 2020 has devastated civil society. The most prominent pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are now imprisoned or deported, few others in Hong Kong are credible enough to make local people overcome vaccination anxiety. Pro-Pekingese politicians have not gained much trust. Many celebrities who made a mark in Hong Kong’s entertainment industry realized that mainland China was their biggest market, backed by the Communist Party during the protests in 2019 that humiliated many.
Most public health experts are concerned about how to promote China’s push in Hong Kong. But feared talking about it in public, the three said. They worry that talks of the effectiveness of the Chinese vaccine will hurt their careers, or even consider it violating the city’s new security law, which forbids any act that “seriously undermines” the work of local or central governments. When the Communist Party enacted the law last summer, Ms Lam said it was aimed at helping Hong Kong “get back to normalcy.” It was far from that. ■
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This article appears in the China section of the print edition under the heading ” “Patriots jab, or do they work better?”