BioNTech’s Chinese partner allows Mainland Chinese to schedule COVID mRNA imaging in HK

BioNTech SE’s Chinese partner has begun allowing mainland Chinese to register their COVID-19 mRNA vaccine in Hong Kong before the border reopens early next month, which could cause a traffic jam. wave of visitors to the financial center.

Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co. is allowing people to apply for injections through its app and online, with the company asking users for their personal details and whether they’ve recently recovered from COVID. Fosun, which distributes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, did not respond to an emailed request by Bloomberg News for more details about the program.

Although the mRNA injection has formed the backbone of worldwide COVID vaccination campaigns, it remains in regulatory limbo in mainland China, which has not given it the green light and instead It relies on domestically produced vaccines for its 1.4 billion people. China is grappling with the world’s biggest outbreak—its health regulator estimates nearly 37 million people may have been infected in a single day last week—after the rapid lifting of COVID-0 restrictions spurred a surge in virus infections.

The massive outbreak caused a hit to vaccination elderly people are vulnerable, but can also spur interest in vaccinations while traveling. Some mainland Chinese residents were injected with mRNA in Macau, the only place they could go without being quarantined upon return. Visitors will need to pay out of pocket, with Financial Times Report a couple paid $170 each for a dose.

It is expected that Hong Kong can receive a wave of visitors from China from January 8, when the mainland lifts all quarantine measures for domestic tourists, restarting release Hong Kong travel permits and the resumption of express checkpoints at the border with the financial hub. However, it is still unclear how many people may be eligible for the vaccine due to the wave of cases on the mainland, with health authorities recommending that people wait six months after being infected to get their next shot. follow.

The Hong Kong government said last week that residents would be given priority to get the two-price vaccine, free of charge, while non-residents remained. up to standard for ancestral strains and free mRNA-free CoronaVac vaccines. Certain non-residents who meet certain requirements may also receive a free bivalent vaccine. Non-residents can also pay to get vaccinated at private doctors, clinics and hospitals.

Fosun Pharm shipped 11,500 doses of mRNA vaccine this month exclusive management for German expatriates in China, according to a deal broker during German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to China in early November. It is unclear when or if the footage will be allowed to be used more widely in China.

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