Different Covid-19 rates between Hong Kong and Singapore: It’s not the vaccine, stupid! It’s the policy.

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9 October 2021

Singapore: Vaccines are working well
Cases are at record highs due to Delta, however, OVER 98% of Singapore’s vaccinated cases are MILD or have NO symptoms. In addition, the nation has had VERY FEW deaths despite a surge in cases.

https://weehingthong.org/2021/10/02/singapore-covid-19-and-vaccines/

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Received via WhatsApp:

Forwarding as recieved (sic.) from GP friend in SG …

Hong Kong
Population: 7.5 million.
No of Covid cases: 7
(24 Sep 2021)
Average over last 7 days:
3 cases
Vaccination: 57%

Singapore
Population: 5.7 million.
No of Cases: 1650
(24 Sep 2021)
Average over last 7 days: 1247 cases.
Vaccination: 82%

Source: CSSE John Hopkins University

Do you know the big difference between HK and Singapore – besides people being much more densely packed in small homes compared to Singapore? In HK, the main vaccine is Sinovac, whilst in Singapore, it’s Pfizer!

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*The last paragraph is not from CSS Johns Hopkins University. It’s wumao’s work:

Do you know the big difference between HK and Singapore – besides people being much more densely packed in small homes compared to Singapore? In HK, the main vaccine is Sinovac, whilst in Singapore, it’s Pfizer!

By the way, this wumao is too dumb to know that it is not John but Johns: Johns Hopkins University.

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My thoughts:

(1) It is correct to say that Hong Kong is doing better than Singapore. At this time. All things are temporary with Covid-19, and victory is, so far, elusive, so don’t crow about Hong Kong being better than Singapore.

(2) Both Pfizer and Sinovac are used in Hong Kong. Sinovac is not preferred, and not trusted by the elderly, which is why they are resisting vaccination. Pfizer is preferred.

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*Look at who are opting for Pfizer in Hong Kong? Several Exco members!

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(3) It’s not the vaccine, whether Sinovac or Pfizer.

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(4) The different rates between Hong Kong and Singapore are probably due to this most important fact: Different policies are being adopted.

(a) Hong Kong has adopted a zero Covid-19 policy. It has shut Hong Kong down to the outside world except for certain people/sectors. It has no choice but to follow Mainland China.

That will create problems. Why vaccinate when there are so few cases? Such low rates of vaccination drive the authorities to keep pushing the zero Covid-19 policy.

And what do you think will happen when the very old in Hong Kong, UNVACCINATED, get Covid-19?

*The old people in Hong Kong don’t want to be vaccinated.

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(b) Singapore has adopted the policy of living with Covid-19. It is opening up.

It has to open up or its economy will die, slowly and surely.

Opening up might be a good thing.

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And vaccines are working, both Pfizer and Sinovac.

Singapore’s 80% vaccination rate has kept severe cases and deaths down, potentially proving that living with the virus—versus trying to eradicate it—is the surest path out of the pandemic

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*Which policy is better, Hong Kong’s or Singapore?

No one knows.

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