Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Coventry. Photo: AP Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Coventry. Photo: AP
Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Coventry. Photo: AP
Josephine Ma
Opinion

Opinion

As I see it by Josephine Ma

Covid-19 vaccines are on the way. But making them compulsory will only backfire

  • Transparency is the best way to counter public mistrust and misinformation spread by anti-vaxxers
  • It may be too early to say whether the 95 per cent efficacy rates reported for some drugs will last

Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Coventry. Photo: AP Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Coventry. Photo: AP
Margaret Keenan, 90, became the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a hospital in Coventry. Photo: AP
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Josephine Ma

Josephine Ma

Josephine Ma is China news editor and has covered China news for the Post for more than 20 years. As a correspondent in Beijing, she reported on everything from the 2003 Sars outbreak to the riots in Lhasa and the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She has been based in Hong Kong since 2009. She has a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in English language from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.