Hong Kong’s Covid-19 vaccine passport program is still “necessary,” the city’s health minister said in response to a call from medical experts to relax requirements for under-60s.

In an opinion piece published in Ming Pao on Friday, Minister of Food and Health Sophia Chan said it would be unfair to residents who have already been vaccinated to make exceptions for any group.

Sophia Chan. File Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

Chan was responding to an opinion piece by epidemiologist Ben Cowling of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Theo Chan of HKU’s Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy, published in Ming Pao on Monday.

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