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Chinese mainlanders rush to Macao for mRNA vaccinations

Tracking shows effectiveness of Beijing-approved vaccines declines rapidly

A COVID vaccination site in Macao on Feb. 23, 2021: The only Macao hospital offering mRNA shots to mainlanders is jabbing more than 100 such patients a day.

Chinese mainland residents are rushing to Macao to get BioNTech's messenger RNA-based COVID-19 vaccines as infections surge amid the government's easing of pandemic controls.

Mainland tourist Ni Lin (an alias) went to the hospital of Macao University of Science and Technology Saturday, the last day of his visit to Macao, to receive the mRNA vaccine, also known as Comirnaty. He said more than 100 mainland tourists got the shot the same day, and many of them flew to Macao for that purpose alone.

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