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Asian countries cede land, gold, cattle, houses – .

An elderly man receives the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at the Central Vaccination Center at Bang Sue Grand Station on July 13, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Businesses and local governments in Asia are coming up with creative ways to encourage vaccines among people still hesitant to get one – by handing out everything from gold to farm animals.
The Asia-Pacific region is grappling with a resurgence of Covid as major cities in China, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia report an increase in daily cases, especially of the highly contagious delta variant of the disease.

But much of Asia struggles with low inoculation rates as reluctance to vaccinate persists and vaccine misinformation spreads.

On top of that, many countries cannot get enough doses for their people.

The region’s vaccine progress is lagging in Europe and North America, according to Our World in Data. As of August 8, 41.6% of Europeans and 38.8% of North Americans were fully immunized, compared to only about 11.6% of Asians.

Hong Kong: apartment, gold and private flight

Hong Kong companies are handing out prizes in an attempt to boost vaccination rates amid public mistrust of the government.
Several sponsors including real estate developer Sino Group organized a draw for those who have been vaccinated. The top prize is a new one-bedroom apartment valued at approximately HK $ 10.8 million ($ 1.39 million).
To support a government vaccination campaign, Cathay Pacific Airways has 20 million air miles in Asia up for grabs. A winner will be able to organize a private party aboard the airline’s new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

An organization of gold trading companies – the China Gold and Silver Exchange – is offering gold worth HK $ 1.1 million to those who have received two Covid injections.

The amount of incentives provided by companies totaled more than HK $ 73 million ($ 9.4 million), the South China Morning Post reported in June. About 35% of Hong Kong’s population was fully vaccinated as of August 8, according to Our World in Data.

Philippines: land, livestock and sacks of rice

Local governments and private sector companies are doing their part to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

The Municipality of San Luis Pampanga has launched a campaign giving vaccinated people a chance to win a cow.

MP Camille Villar has offered the inhabitants of her town a multitude of incentives if they are vaccinated. Residents of Las Pinas City have a chance to win homes, motorcycles and even races if they receive at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, the Manila Times reported.

On the outskirts of Manila, in Sucat, 20 people have a chance to take home a 25-kilogram (55-pound) bag of rice each week if they get vaccinated, according to Reuters. The initiative aims to attract the poorest residents who need an extra boost to get vaccinated, the news agency said.

While some offer rewards, others threaten those who refuse to be vaccinated.

After low attendance at several vaccination sites in the capital Manila in June, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reportedly warned locals: “If you don’t want to get vaccinated, I’ll have you arrested.

As the city prepared to enter a two-week closure on Friday, Reuters reported that thousands of people showed up at vaccination centers in Manila.

Only 9.8% of the country’s population was fully vaccinated as of August 5, according to figures from Our World in Data.

Indonesia: live chickens

Indonesia has the second highest number of cases in Asia, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Government officials are distributing 500 live chickens to vaccinated elderly people in Cipanas, West Java province, according to multiple media reports.

About 85% of the Indonesian population are Muslims. Despite religious approval from the country’s highest Islamic body, many wonder whether vaccines are halal or permitted by Islam.

“I was afraid that if I was vaccinated I would die immediately… Then there was more worrying news that this vaccine contained pork,” Asep Saepudin, a 67-year-old resident of Cipanas, told Reuters.

8.7% of Indonesia’s total population was fully vaccinated as of August 8, according to Our World in Data.

India: gold, mixers and discounts

In India, the fast food chain McDonald’s is offering vaccinated customers a 20% discount.

Goldsmiths from Rajkot, Gujurat, have reportedly gathered to encourage people over 45 to get vaccinated. The women were given gold nosepins for vaccination, while the men were given hand mixers, the Hindustan Times said.

India said on Friday that the country had administered more than 500 million doses of the vaccine.

However, only 8.2% of its population has been fully vaccinated so far, figures from Our World in Data showed.

The country could face a third wave of infections in the coming months, according to local media.

China: eggs

China has started its vaccination program slowly, as the government was relatively successful in controlling the virus outbreak at the start of the global pandemic. As a result, many citizens first saw the urgency to get vaccinated until pockets of resurgence appeared in the country.
In March this year, a Beijing health center distributed 5.5 pounds (2.5 kilograms) of eggs to residents aged 60 and over when they received their first vaccine, the Associated reported. Press.

Some regions, however, have taken a more severe approach.

Officials have reportedly traveled to villages to convince them to get vaccinated, and were told it was their national duty, the Washington Post said.

The country has administered nearly 1.7 billion doses of vaccines as of Aug. 3, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing the National Health Commission.

– CNBC’s Joanna Tan contributed to this report.


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