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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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The Chinese capital’s attempt to compel its residents to get vaccinated was met with such a backlash that the authorities are unlikely to try it again soon. But that would be a great shame.
SCMP ColumnistWang Xiangwei
A well-thought-out plan to ease some restrictions can win the confidence of mainland authorities and the Hong Kong public to partially reopen borders for essential travel.
Britain’s prime minister may have been a ‘fervent Sinophile’, but he bows out with ties between the two countries at a low.
With breakthrough agreements including against fisheries subsidies, but watered-down deals such as the vaccine IP waiver, the world trade body at least avoided failure. Now it needs to steel itself for new and acute challenges, including ensuring health security and setting rules to slow global warming.
With Covid-19 cases creeping up, those in the city who use pubs, bars and clubs will need to show a negative rapid antigen test result.
With infections still in triple-digits, Hongkongers have to remain vigilant, get a third vaccine jab and be realistic.
Until vaccines that provide long-term protection are developed, recommendations have to be constantly reviewed and updated, with the best and timeliest community protection in mind.
Next phase of the city’s vaccine passport scheme will shut out those who do not meet requirements from facilities such as shopping malls and restaurants to fitness centres and theme parks.
Authorities in China want to ensure every citizen has access to a nucleic acid test booth within a 15-minute walk, while vaccination of elderly people lags.
A respite from wearing masks in summer makes sense, although we should still wear them on crowded public transport. Such a move does not mean dropping our guard. It is more a statement of confidence.
SCMP ColumnistPeter Kammerer
China is the one country with the dynamism and heft to revitalise the global economy – but doing so would require a major U-turn on its virus suppression policy.
As the fifth wave recedes, both government and corporate sector must continue to help individuals and struggling businesses, but also prepare for the recovery. Hong Kong also needs to shift from survival to investing in future growth, while still being prepared for the sixth wave.
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