HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam received a dose of Chinese Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, along with other senior officials, at a live televised event to boost confidence public before the vaccine’s distribution at the global financial pole this week.
Sinovac’s CoronaVac is the first Covid-19 vaccine adopted in Hong Kong – Pfizer / BioNTech is due to arrive in the special administrative region of China before the end of February.
The vaccine is distributed after that of other developed cities and is far behind the campaign in mainland China, which started in July.
Lam was filmed receiving the first vaccine at a center set up in Hong Kong’s central library. Her cabinet ministers, including Health Secretary Sophia Chan and Chief Administration Secretary Matthew Cheung, lined up to be vaccinated after her.
During an interview after his vaccination, Lam called on all residents to get the vaccine.
“This requires the full collaboration of the people of Hong Kong to help Hong Kong society to recover as soon as possible.”
Chan told Reuters that the government is trying to reassure residents who fear receiving Sinovac, saying that standards have not been lowered to accept the vaccine and that there has been no pressure from Beijing for it to pass.
On the other hand, the government said that residents will be able to choose the type of vaccine.