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Hong Kong Today
Hong Kong Today
RTHK's morning news programme. Weekdays 6:30 - 8:00
Janice Wong and Mike Weeks


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Advisers leave Sinovac out of Hong Kong’s vaccine plan  Listenfacebook
Health Secretary Sophia Chan says the government hasn't given up on the Sinovac vaccine even though it hasn’t been approved yet for emergency use due to insufficient clinical data. She was speaking after the government’s advisers on its vaccination programme released a report that left Sinovac jabs out of their proposals for how the scheme should be rolled out. Damon Pang reports:
Wuhan respiratory specialist says China-made vaccines reliable   Listenfacebook
A Wuhan doctor who was among the first to be infected with Covid-19 a year ago has called on Hong Kong people to put politics aside and take China-made vaccines. As Frances Sit reports, his call came even as he accused mainland authorities of trying to cover up the pandemic at its onset:
Tam Yiu-chung receives Sinopharm jab in Beijing   Listenfacebook
Hong Kong's sole delegate to China's top legislative body has been inoculated in the capital against the coronavirus. Tam Yiu-chung says he has received a dose of the vaccine developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products from inactivated samples of Covid-19. Todd Harding reports:
Jordan care home case probed   Listenfacebook
Health officials are investigating how an elderly resident of a small care home in Jordan became infected with Covid-19, even though he hadn’t left the facility at all recently. This came as authorities reported 70 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. Wendy Wong reports:
Conflicting coronavirus test results under investigation   Listenfacebook
The government is looking into the case of a man who twice tested negative for Covid at a community testing centre and a mobile testing unit, before he was confirmed with the virus at a hospital. Dilip Rai accused testing staff of not collecting samples properly, adding that three of his relatives also had false negative results. A government spokesman said prominent microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung had been asked to investigate. Rai explained to RTHK's Jimmy Choi how he thought the tests were bungled:
Official’s remarks on Jordan outbreak ‘exacerbate’ racism  Listenfacebook
There have been calls for officials to be more culturally sensitive after a health official earlier this week attributed a coronavirus outbreak in the Jordan-Yau Ma Tei area partly to the cultural and social habits of its ethnic minority residents. Advocacy groups say the comment has left some feeling targeted. Shalini Mahtani is the founder and CEO of Zubin Foundation, a think tank and charity that works to improve the lives of Hong Kong's marginalised ethnic minorities. She spoke to Mike Weeks about the official’s comments:
Air pollution ‘still dangerous’ despite Covid-driven cut in traffic  Listenfacebook
A green group says air pollution in Hong Kong remained at alarming levels at times last year, despite reduced road traffic because of Covid-19. Clean Air Network’s analysis of data collected across government monitoring stations found the average level of nitrogen dioxide for the year almost doubled the limit set out under the government's Air Quality Objectives. The annual average for Ozone concentration was also at the highest level on record. The group's CEO, Patrick Fung told Janice Wong emission levels are very concerning and the government needs to do more:
National security law high on agenda for new Bar chair   Listenfacebook
The new chairman of the Bar Association, Paul Harris, says he will campaign for changes to the national security law to try to convince foreign countries to reinstate extradition agreements with Hong Kong, suspended over concerns about the legislation. Timmy Sung reports:
Pro-Beijing group calls for major redevelopment of public housing   Listenfacebook
The Business and Professionals Alliance has proposed a major public housing redevelopment plan which it says will generate a quarter of a million flats and create 190,000 jobs in the process. The party says this can all be done by redeveloping existing, ageing public housing, saying not only can the authorities maximise the number of flats at each site, living conditions would also greatly improve. Alliance lawmaker Priscilla Leung told Wong Yin-ting the party's plan is more effective than the Lantau Tomorrow project the government is pushing:
CUHK develops light therapy for depression   Listenfacebook
Researchers at Chinese University say they've developed a new therapy that helps treat some patients with depression. It involves shining bright lights at "night owl" patients who go to bed and wake up late. Wendy Wong has more: