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Coronavirus vaccine FAQs including the latest timetable for vaccine rollout and vaccine efficacy data plus news and updates on research into a vaccine to combat coronavirus which has infected tens of millions of people and led to the deaths of more than three million around the globe.

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Divisions in the democratic West long considered sources of strength, except by the Chinese authorities, are now being seen in a new light.
SCMP ColumnistAlex Lo
With vaccinations now freely available, those from high-risk groups have no excuse to ignore warnings of city’s health professionals
Scientists’ work on mRNA technology paved the way for vaccines in the global fight against Covid-19 and raises Hong Kong hopes of becoming a biotech hub.
Eagerness to move on from the death and destruction of the pandemic is understandable but also risks keeping us from learning necessary lessons. Failure to make urgently needed reforms would be a tragedy for which the world would pay a terrible price for a second time.
Academics warn that inaction is corroding politics and trust, and weakening prosperity and multilateralism, as support grows for the idea that democracy delivers unfair outcomes.
The failure of negotiations over how to safeguard ocean health and achieve equitable sharing of mining profits has opened the door to new projects. The agency in charge of the world’s seabeds now must consider and provisionally approve any mining requests, making regulation all the more urgent.
Target groups are being encouraged to get another free dose of Covid vaccine with the disease now endemic in Hong Kong.
While Singapore has released a white paper reviewing its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Hong Kong authorities have been reluctant to follow suit.
Makers of masks, vaccines and the like will see the end of bonanza earnings and some may even have to close down – but governments will be happy to see the end of handouts.
Move comes as city’s hybrid immunity from Covid-19 jabs and previous infection grows, but there are still health measures to follow.
Accurate information and clear messaging from the authorities vital if city’s people are to soldier on.
Unlike in cities, it’s not too late for a phased reopening of rural China, where under-resourced healthcare means the elderly face greater risks from visitors. This Spring Festival, staying away from your loved ones until they are fully vaccinated may be the greatest act of love.
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