A shelf empty of painkillers and cold and flu medicine in a Kowloon Bay shop on December 27. Some Hongkongers have been snapping up fever and pain-relief drugs for their relatives and friends over the border, which has caused shortages at some pharmacies. Photo: Edmond So
A shelf empty of painkillers and cold and flu medicine in a Kowloon Bay shop on December 27. Some Hongkongers have been snapping up fever and pain-relief drugs for their relatives and friends over the border, which has caused shortages at some pharmacies. Photo: Edmond So
Alice Wu
Opinion

Opinion

Alice Wu

Amid reopening, don’t let old mainland frictions haunt Hong Kong’s new normal

  • Unhappiness about painkillers being sent to the mainland amid a local shortage and mainlanders looking for vaccines in Hong Kong risk raising cross-border distrust
  • The government must defuse these tensions before they detract from the already difficult job of reopening and recovery

A shelf empty of painkillers and cold and flu medicine in a Kowloon Bay shop on December 27. Some Hongkongers have been snapping up fever and pain-relief drugs for their relatives and friends over the border, which has caused shortages at some pharmacies. Photo: Edmond So
A shelf empty of painkillers and cold and flu medicine in a Kowloon Bay shop on December 27. Some Hongkongers have been snapping up fever and pain-relief drugs for their relatives and friends over the border, which has caused shortages at some pharmacies. Photo: Edmond So
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