National Health Commission team to be invited to help advance with cross-border measures

A team of experts from the National Health Commission will be invited to the Macau SAR to verify the local pandemic situation and help push forward with more convenient cross-border measures, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Elsie Ao Ieong U revealed.

The team will evaluate the current pandemic situation and present their assessment so as to better plan border crossing measures between Macau and Hong Kong and support the most convenient measures with the mainland.

The Secretary noted yesterday (Wednesday) that the local vaccination rate is still at only 40 per cent and has not yet reached a sufficient level to create a community immunity barrier.

According to the most recent update, a total of 271,308 people in Macau have been vaccinated with at least a dose of either Sinopharm or BioNTech vaccines, about 40 per cent of the local population, of which only 192,284 received the required two doses.

Although during its highest peak the number of vaccine appointments per day had reached 10,000, the Secretary pointed out that in recent days there has been a reduction in appointments, reaching only 2,000 per day.

Ao indicated that authorities have acquired a total of 400,000 Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccine doses from Sinopharm, of which 200,000 had already arrived in Macau, and are negotiating with the supplier for the transport of the remaining 200,000 doses.