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José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso
José Manuel Barroso, a former president of the European Commission (2004-14) and prime minister of Portugal (2002-04), is chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The world has produced enough Covid-19 vaccines for every adult, yet some 3 billion people in low-income countries are still waiting for their first dose. Such disparity could lead to an endless cycle of boosters for rich countries and new variants emerging among the unvaccinated in poorer nations.

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This year is precisely 500 years after the first European contact with Hong Kong, when a compatriot of mine, Jorge Álvares, arrived in 1513. I know how important Hong Kong is in the relationship between Asia and Europe.