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


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Two in intensive care following Sinovac shots  Listenfacebook
Two people are in intensive care after receiving the mainland-produced Sinovac coronavirus vaccination. One of them - an 80-year-old man - is said to be in a critical condition. Another two people were also hospitalised after getting Sinovac shots at Kwun Chung Sports Centre on Sunday morning. Experts advising the government on its vaccination programme will be meeting on Monday to discuss the cases. Wong Yin-ting reports:
‘No need’ to pause vaccinations  Listenfacebook
The head of a local patients group has called on the government to do more to educate the public about its inoculation programme, following the deaths of two people after receiving the Sinovac jabs and multiple reports of people falling ill. Speaking at RTHK's City Forum, the chairman of Hong Kong Patients’ Voices, Alex Lam, said even though the cases were still under investigation, many people were now reluctant to get the shots. Wong Yin-ting asked Lam if there was a need to pause the vaccination scheme pending the outcome of the investigation:
Wang Yi lashes out at foreign criticism  Listenfacebook
Over the weekend, there was intense discussion over Beijing's planned electoral reforms for Hong Kong, aimed at ensuring only patriots ruled the SAR. At his annual press conference in the capital on Sunday, the Foreign minister, Wang Yi, lashed out at foreign criticism over Beijing's handling of Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang matters, saying only Chinese people could have a say in these internal affairs. He also said it was legal and reasonable for the national legislature to overhaul Hong Kong's electoral system, saying it advanced the One Country, Two Systems principle. Damon Pang reports:
Electoral reforms will prevent subversion  Listenfacebook
Vice Premier Han Zheng has been quoted as saying that Beijing's electoral reforms for Hong Kong are no longer about democracy, but about preventing subversion. Frances Sit reports:
Touted reforms called 'a backward step'  Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Democratic Party, Lo Kin-hei, says the political vetting proposed by Beijing hinders his interest to join future elections. He said with every measure Beijing wanted to put in place, he was becoming less and less interested in campaigning in future polls. Lo told Janice Wong that the room for pro-democracy candidates to participate in upcoming elections was becoming much smaller.
Reforms mark ‘end of organised opposition’  Listenfacebook
China specialist, Mark O'Neill, says Beijing's planned electoral reforms for Hong Kong mean the end of organised opposition. He told RTHK he expected there would be protests from abroad this week against the planned reforms, but the path was set and Foreign Minister Wang Yi had already dismissed any international criticism. O'Neill told Janice Wong there would be no universal suffrage in Hong Kong in the foreseeable future, if at all.
Biggest spending package in US history approved  Listenfacebook
President Biden's US$1.9 trillion relief bill aimed at helping Americans deal with the impact of the pandemic has been approved in the Senate. The House of Representatives controlled by Biden's Democrats is expected to approve it on Tuesday. All Republicans voted against it. The Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said of the aid package that "the Senate has never spent two trillion dollars in a more haphazard way or through a less rigorous process". Samantha Butler asked RTHK’s US economics correspondent, Barry Wood, in Washington what was in the bill: