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BioNTech jabs delayed, 13 new Covid-19 cases recorded

25 February 2021

By The SUN 

The BioNTech vaccine has an efficacy rate of up to 95%

The government has announced that the expected arrival of the BioNTech vaccine (co-produced for China with Fosun Pharma) today, Feb 25, has been held up by export documentation.

A government spokesman said one million doses of the vaccine developed by the German pharmaceutical company  have been procured by Hong Kong but are still going through export formalities. There is no indication of when they might arrive.

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 “The government will continue to follow up on the matter proactively, and start giving citizens the BioNTech jabs as soon as they arrive,” a government statement said.

The BioNTech jab has an efficacy rating of up to 95%, one of the highest among the  vaccines currently available, and was the first to be approved for use by the World Health Organization.


However, it is hardest to store, as it could only be kept for up to six months, in ultra-cold freezer at temperatures of -80 degrees to  -60 degrees. It also needs to be shipped in a special thermal container.

In comparison, the vaccine from mainland firm Sinovac which is the first to be administered in Hong Kong, has an efficacy rate of up to 62% after the second shot, and could be stored in normal pharmaceutical freezers.

3 of the 12 new local cases had unknown sources

Meanwhile, the Centre for Health Protection issued a press release today, saying 13 new coronavirus cases were detected in the past 24 hours, with all but one locally acquired.


The only imported case is a 45-year-old woman who arrived from Indonesia.

Of the 12 local cases, three were untraceable.


They include a 34-year-old woman working as a sales person, who developed a fever on Friday, Feb 19, and tested positive after taking a test on Feb 23. She lives in Trackside Villas in Tai Po and last went to work on Feb.

Another unlinked case is a 62-year-old man who had a fever on Feb 22 and tested positive the next day. For unknown reason, the patient, who is a quality control worker, still went to work after he was found infected. He lives in Wah Kwai Estate in Aberdeen.

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The third untraceable case is a 16-year-old student who sought treatment on Feb 23 after feeling dizzy. He last went to class on the same day. The student lives in Ho Man Tin.

Included in the preliminary positive cases are five new additions to the cluster at Mr Ming’s Chinese Dining restaurant on the 1st floor of K11 Musea in Tsim Sha Tsui, where six confirmed cases patients were reported yesterday.

Eight of the 11 cases had lunch at the restaurant on Feb 18 and 19, while the remaining three are staff members.

The CHP is currently investigating whether the infections are related, so as to stop the risk of a further spread of the virus.

There are now a total of 10,926 Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong, with 198 related deaths.

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