Vaccination a must for reopening mainland border

Local | 12 Jul 2021 1:10 pm

Mainland has set no definite criteria for reopening border with Hong Kong, but vaccination of travelers will be a must, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said.

Lam said this morning the SAR government has submitted a report on the reopening of borders to Beijing.

Due to the limited service capacity of the borders, the government hopes to open the borders gradually by implementing a quota system, so as to prioritize people with urgent needs such as businessmen, said Lam in an interview on a radio program.

Lam said the testing, tracing and quarantine policies in Hong Kong have been improved since the fourth wave.

But there is still a long way to go before herd immunity as she said only 40 percent of people in Hong Kong have received the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Lam urged the citizens to get vaccinated so she can have more bargaining power when seeking for the reopening of Hong Kong and Mainland borders.

She also said Hong Kong will not adopt the “coexistence” attitude in fighting Covid-19, as it takes a lot of effort to get the epidemic under control.

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