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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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Huge police operation set to prevent June 4 gatherings   Listenfacebook
Sources have told RTHK that the police are planning to deploy up to 7,000 officers - more than a fifth of the force's strength - across Hong Kong on Friday to stop people gathering. The police have warned people not to take part in any unauthorised assemblies, saying manpower will be deployed to "enforce the law swiftly" and make arrests. Damon Pang reports:
Vigil goers ‘closely identify with the Chinese nation’  Listenfacebook
Political scientist and democracy activist Joseph Cheng says the June 4 memorial gatherings have always been peaceful in the past and that those who attended the vigils in Victoria Park were mostly nationalists. He told Mike Weeks this is something Beijing should reflect on:
Paediatrician welcomes move to cut BioNTech age to 12   Listenfacebook
The government gave the go-ahead on Thursday for children as young as 12 to receive the BioNTech vaccine, though details of when they can start getting inoculated will only be announced next week. Health Secretary Sophia Chan announced the decision after taking into account the views of an expert panel on Covid vaccines. She concluded that the benefits of further lowering the minimum age for the jabs outweigh the risks. Paediatrician Alvin Chan says all the available evidence indicates the BioNTech is not only safe but very effective for 12-year-olds, but many will suffer mild side effects:
Incentives ‘not enough’ to boost vaccination rate  Listenfacebook
The move to lower the minimum age for BioNTech jabs looks like having a limited impact on Hong Kong's vaccination rate. Researchers from the Chinese University have found that only one in four people plan to get inoculated in the next six months, and the figure's even lower among young adults, aged 18 to 39. They interviewed about 1,200 people and say the key to overcoming vaccine hesitancy is for medical experts to clear up common misconceptions about the vaccines. The microbiology professor who led the research, Paul Chan, told Natale Ching about these:
Any boost in inoculation rate ‘a step’ towards immunity goal   Listenfacebook
The Chair Professor of Virology at City University says the only way to encourage people to have Covid jabs is by offering incentives and that it should be the job of everybody who has already had theirs to promote the idea to those who are reluctant. Nikolaus Osterrieder spoke to Janice Wong about Hong Kong’s low vaccination rate:
Details of vaccine lucky draw announced   Listenfacebook
People who are fully vaccinated can sign up from June 15 for a lucky draw to win a flat offered by property developers. Violet Wong reports:
Israeli coalition united in its dislike of Benjamin Netanyahu  Listenfacebook
Opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are pushing for a quick vote in the Knesset to endorse a new coalition government and end his 12-year grip on power. Opposition leader Yair Lapid and his far-right coalition partner, Naftali Bennett, have reached a deal to form a new government consisting of parties from across the political spectrum. Priscilla Ng asked RTHK's Jerusalem correspondent, Robert Berger, if Netanyahu could cling on to power by derailing the coalition: