A man walks in Wan Chai. Neither the economy nor life can get back to normal without a successful vaccination campaign. Photo: Robert Ng A man walks in Wan Chai. Neither the economy nor life can get back to normal without a successful vaccination campaign. Photo: Robert Ng
A man walks in Wan Chai. Neither the economy nor life can get back to normal without a successful vaccination campaign. Photo: Robert Ng
Mike Rowse
Opinion

Opinion

Mike Rowse

Government hesitancy about pushing vaccination is costing Hong Kong

  • From the point of view of the individual, vaccine hesitancy is perfectly logical, yet at the societal level it represents disaster
  • But the government hesitates to provide leadership, fearing a backlash from those who must face short-term hardship or the risk of side effects

A man walks in Wan Chai. Neither the economy nor life can get back to normal without a successful vaccination campaign. Photo: Robert Ng A man walks in Wan Chai. Neither the economy nor life can get back to normal without a successful vaccination campaign. Photo: Robert Ng
A man walks in Wan Chai. Neither the economy nor life can get back to normal without a successful vaccination campaign. Photo: Robert Ng
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Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse

Mike Rowse has lived in Hong Kong since 1972, and is a naturalised Chinese citizen. He spent six years in the ICAC from 1974 to 1980, then 28 years in the government as an administrative officer until retirement in December 2008. He is now the search director for Stanton Chase International, and also hosts a radio talk show and writes regularly for both English and Chinese media.