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HK joins global alliance in race to develop & get Covid-19 vaccine

04 September 2020

By The SUN
HK promises to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available for all its residents

Hong Kong has announced that it has formalized its intention to take part in the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (Covax Facility), which is aimed at coordinating strategies to develop a vaccine, and ensure its equitable distribution around the world.

The Covax Facility, which is co-led by the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) , the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (Cepi) and the World Health Organization (WHO), aim to have the vaccines delivered to participating countries or economies by the end of next year.

In a statement, the Food and Health Bureau said that although the WHO has said that no vaccine has yet been approved for use with humans, Hong Kong has decided to take action this early because it expects a keen global competition when a vaccine does emerge.

Hong Kong needs to take early action to reserve potential vaccines for our population in a timely manner. Taking part in the COVAX Facility can serve as a safety net for Hong Kong to a certain extent," said the statement.

But it said Hong Kong is doing more than take part in the global alliance, which assures that only a proportion of the city’s population will get the vaccine, and its target delivery date of end of next year might be a bit late.

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In previous statements, Hong Kong officials said only 20% of the total population of each participating country or economy is assured of getting the vaccine through Covax, so they have started pursuing talks with private groups to ensure the city’s residents all get it on time.

 The Department of Health is now said to be already pursuing additional supplies through advance purchase agreements with individual vaccine developers, while trying to learn more about the production of vaccines in other places, including the Mainland.

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 "The Government will continue to adopt the two-pronged strategy to procure vaccines meeting the criteria of safety, efficacy and quality for our population to protect public health," the statement said.

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