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Asia today. Hong Kong receives Pfizer vaccines as a second option

Hong Kong (AP) – More than 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday after a two-day delay due to export procedures, offering a second version of the city vaccine.

Pfizer-BioNTech staff will be offered from a priority group of approximately 2.4 million eligible residents, such as 60-year-old և older և healthcare workers.

The 585,000 doses of the vaccine, the first batch of the initial 1 million, arrived from Germany. The remaining doses will be provided in early March, the government said in a statement.

About 70,000 people registered for the Hong Kong Vaccination Program, which started on Friday, will receive staff developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac. Sinovac vaccines were the first to arrive last week.

About 6,000 people have already been vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine. Registration details for Pfizer-BioNTech personnel have not yet been announced.

Hong Kong has entered into a total of 22.5 million doses of 7.5 million doses from Sinovac, AstraZeneca և Fosun Pharma, which supplies Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. The government has so far approved the Sinovac և Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

In other developments around the Asia-Pacific region.

South Korea has reported 405 cases of the coronavirus when it began vaccinating tens of thousands of workers in frontline hospitals on the second day of its mass immunization program. On Saturday, the daily increase reported by the Korea Agency for Disease Control and Prevention increased the national burden to 89,321, including 1,595 deaths. Most of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area, which has been hit hardest by a devastating winter wave that wiped out months of gains and criticized vaccine distribution, which was slower than many Western nations.

– The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health has decided to vaccinate everyone over the age of 30 in high-risk areas of the suburbs of the capital, Colombo, where COVID-19 cases are on the rise. 466 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours. Sri Lanka launched its vaccination drive in January, starting with health care providers. More than 406,000 people have been shot so far.

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