Hong Kong health authorities expelled a private clinic from the city’s coronavirus vaccination program after it was reported to have recommended a German-made Pfizer / BioNTech injection for patients on those from Chinese Sinovac.
The move demonstrates the Hong Kong government’s sensitivity to any criticism of the Sinovac vaccine, which has a relatively lower efficacy rate and has been quickly tracked by regulators despite a lack of published data.
The city’s health department said on Tuesday that the clinic was no longer administering Covid-19 vaccines because the doctor had violated an agreement with the vaccination program.
Authorities said they also recovered unused Sinovac doses from the clinic.
The announcement came after a photo of a notice appeared in the clinic comparing the effectiveness rates of the two vaccines over the Internet over the weekend.