Hong Kong and Macau suspended the usage of Pfizer/BioNTech´s coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday after being knowledgeable of a packaging downside affecting one batch of vials, whereas stressing they didn’t imagine there was a security danger.
The stoppage is the newest blow in efforts to function out mass vaccination programmes in opposition to a lethal virus that has killed greater than 2.7 million folks world wide and hammered the worldwide economic system.
“For the sake of precaution, the present vaccination should be suspended through the interval of investigation,” Hong Kong´s authorities mentioned in a press release.
Each Chinese language cities mentioned their resolution got here after they have been contacted in regards to the difficulty by Fosun, the Chinese language pharmaceutical firm that’s distributing the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in China.
Vials with the lot quantity 210102 have been discovered to have faulty packaging, authorities mentioned.
The statements from Hong Kong and Macau didn’t give any particulars on how the packaging was faulty however each mentioned they didn’t imagine there have been any questions of safety.
Authorities mentioned they determined to behave out of an abundance of warning till their investigation is concluded.
Some Hong Kongers took to social media to say their appointments that day had been cancelled and that some vaccination centres have been closed.