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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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Third person dies after Sinovac jab  Listenfacebook
Officials are looking into the death of a third person who passed away on Monday morning, days after receiving a Covid-19 vaccine from Sinovac. But an expert panel that has been reviewing other fatal, or near-fatal cases, says there is still no evidence to suggest any link to the vaccine. Maggie Ho reports:
Priority list for inoculations broadened  Listenfacebook
The government is expanding its vaccination programme, adding another 1.3 million people who work in relatively high-risk sectors to its priority list for inoculations. They can start making appointments for vaccinations from Tuesday. Frances Sit reports.
Government urged to reconsider Sinovac for elderly  Listenfacebook
The president of the Medical Association, Choi Kin, has accused the government of passing the burden of deciding who should have a Covid-19 jab on to private doctors. The Secretary for Health, Sophia Chan, urged people who were unsure about the injections to seek advice from their family doctors, not staff at the vaccination centres. At the same time, she stressed that generally speaking, the benefits of getting the jab outweighed the risks. Choi told RTHK's Jim Gould that the Sinovac vaccine was not recommended for people over the age of 60 on the mainland. He said the focus here would probably shift towards the BioNTech vaccine:
Medical expert concerned over Sinovac vaccine  Listenfacebook
A leading epidemiologist has expressed concern over recent deaths of people who'd received the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine. Although an expert panel has so far ruled out any link to the vaccines, Professor Benjamin Cowling from the University of Hong Kong says there is not enough overseas experience on the effects of Sinovac on the elderly. He told Janice Wong that transparency from the government was vital:
CE: once loopholes closed, people will have a voice  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says Hong Kong people will one day have a say in the city's democratic development. She held a press conference on Monday after attending annual meetings of the National People's Congress in Beijing, where discussion is underway over reforming Hong Kong's electoral system so that only patriots rule the SAR. Lam said Beijing's radical overhaul was not designed to exclude opposition voices, and Hong Kong people would have a voice once "deficiencies and loopholes" were eradicated. Richard Pyne reports:
Bauhinia Party leader dismisses concerns over his Cantonese  Listenfacebook
The newly-formed pro-Beijing Bauhinia Party says it is hoping to win seats in the legislature and on the Chief Executive election committee, as well as joining the ranks of senior government officials. Chairman Li Shan says he is planning to learn Cantonese so he can serve the Hong Kong people. Jimmy Choi reports:
Curtains close at UA Cinemas  Listenfacebook
The show is over at one of Hong Kong's largest cinema chains. UA Cinemas closed down on Monday after 36 years in operation, citing the negative impact of Covid-19 on its business. Timmy Sung reports.
Film critic cites govt inaction over cinema closure  Listenfacebook
Film critic, Daniel Chan, says UA Cinemas is a casualty of both the pandemic and government inaction. The government shut down cinemas, as well as other leisure venues in Hong Kong, for long periods since the start of the pandemic - most recently between early December and mid-February. It has twice provided a one-off subsidy to cinemas, capped at HK$3 million each. He spoke to Joanne Wong: