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Hong Kong quarantine relief for vaccinated bankers draws backlash

Businesses welcome easier travel, but public sees special treatment for rich

Hong Kong's vaccination rate has been slower than rival financial centers such as Singapore and New York.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's move to ease border curbs only for vaccinated executives of large companies is irking the city's wider populace just as the local inoculation rate shows signs of picking up.

The local government earlier this week announced that senior executives from about 500 companies across the banking, insurance, trading and payment sectors, as well as directors of large listed companies, can seek exemptions from strict quarantine measures -- provided they have had their shots.

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