Hong Kong officials warned Monday that it may soon ban individuals who choose not to receive a Chinese coronavirus vaccine from nearly all major public venues, including restaurants, schools, movie theaters, and performance venues.
Hong Kong received international praise for promptly securing enough doses of two different kinds of Chinese coronavirus vaccines – the Chinese-made “Coronavac” by Sinovac Biotech and the vaccine produced by the American company Pfizer – for its entire population. Hong Kong residents have largely avoided vaccination, however, in large part due to concerns that Coronavac is unsafe or ineffective.
A series of deaths locally tied to “Coronavac” exacerbated the problem, as Hong Kong approved the use of “Coronavac” in senior citizens when the Communist Party of China had not done so. Hong Kong officials assured the public that no evidence suggested a “direct causal association” between vaccination and death in the documented cases, many