Coronavirus: special BioNTech vaccine for children may be too pricey for Hong Kong to buy, panel chairman says


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Health authorities in Hong Kong might not buy the special version of the BioNTech coronavirus shot for younger children because of its price, the chairman of an advisory panel on vaccines said on Friday. Government pandemic adviser Professor Lau Yu-lung also predicted the more transmissible Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the virus could account for 90 per cent of the city’s caseload, with daily infections reaching 14,000 to 15,000. Lau, chairman of the Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases, said the number of toddlers being vaccinated should be raised from about 400 a day currently to 800 to 1,000...