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Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine arrives in Hong Kong

27 February 2021

The SUN 

The delicate cargo is unloaded from a Cathay Pacific plane that flew it from Frankfurt

The first batch of 1 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine co-produced by US and German drug companies Pfizer and BioNTech arrived in Hong Kong today, Feb 27.

The shipment containing 585,000 doses of the vaccine which is being distributed in China by Fosun Pharmacy, was met by officials led by Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip and Health Secretary Sophia Chan.


The remaining doses are expected to be transported in Hong Kong early next month.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is the second to be made available in Hong Kong. It has the highest efficacy rate of 95%, but requires delicate handling as it needs to be stored in freezers at -70 degrees Celsius.

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The first vaccine from mainland firm Sinovac arrived a week ahead, and was first made available to top officials led by Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Monday, Feb 22. 

Yesterday, Hong Kong launched its first mass inoculation with the Sinovac vaccine, with thousands of people from priority groups signing up to be among the first to get it.

HK govt officials applaud as the vaccine shipment is wheeled past them

In a press statement today, the government said the BioNTech vaccine will be made available for those who prefer getting it through the online appointment system at starting next week.

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Hong Kong has procured a total of 7.5 million doses each from three drug companies, Sinovac, Pfizer/BioNTech, and the Anglo-Swedish group, AstraZeneca/University of Oxford, which is expected to arrive by the middle of the year.


All residents can choose from any of the three kinds of vaccine. Inoculation will be on voluntary basis, and the government has set aside a $1 billion fund that will be used as compensation in case of any adverse result from the vaccines, which have all been approved for emergency use in Hong Kong.

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The Sinovac vaccine comes from inactivated virus, and is shown to have an efficacy rate of between 50.65% and 62.3%. Pfizer/BioNTech is a nucleic acid vaccine, while the one made by AstraZeneca/Oxford University is a viral vector vaccine, and has an efficacy rate of 76-81%.

All the vaccines need to be administered in two doses. For Sinovac, the recommended interval is 28 days, and for the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, it is 21 days.



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