Hong Kong leader gets China's Sinovac vaccine

Sinovac is the first COVID-19 vaccine to be introduced in Hong Kong, ahead of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine set to arrive in the Chinese special administrative region before the end of February.

Lam, dressed in a white t-shirt, was filmed receiving the first vaccine in a center set up at Hong Kong's central library. Her cabinet ministers including Health Secretary Sophia Chan and Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung lined up to get vaccinated after her.

One million doses of the Sinovac vaccine arrived from Beijing in the former British colony last Friday (February 19).

Hong Kong's 7.5 million residents can get vaccinated from Feb. 26 after applying online. Hong Kong has secured a total of 22.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Sinovac, and AstraZenca.

Residents will be allowed to choose the type of vaccine, the government said.