|Mrs Carrie Lam, dressed in a white t-shirt, was filmed receiving the first vaccine in a centre set up at Hong Kong's central library.(Photo by= AFP)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam received China's Sinovac vaccine on Monday (Feb 22) together with top officials at a live televised event to boost public confidence before the vaccine's rollout in the global financial hub this week.
Reuters said that Sinovac is the first COVID-19 vaccine introduced in Hong Kong before the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine set to arrive in the Chinese special administrative region before the end of February. The city's vaccine rollout was behind compared to other developed cities and more so with mainland China which started last July. Lam, dressed in a white t-shirt, was filmed receiving the first vaccine in a center set up at Hong Kong's central library. Her cabinet ministers including Health Secretary Sophia Chan and Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung lined up to get vaccinated after her.
Lam appealed to all residents to take the vaccine during a press briefing following her vaccination. Health Secretary Chan told Reuters the government tried to reassure residents worried about taking Sinovac, stating that standards hadn’t been lowered to accept the vaccine and that there’s no pressure from Beijing to get it approved. Residents are allowed to choose the type of vaccine. Hong Kong's 7.5 million residents can get vaccinated from Feb 26 after applying online. One million doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrived from Beijing last Friday.