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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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HK experts say only BioNTech effective against covid variants   Listenfacebook
Infectious diseases experts say that only one of the three vaccines Hong Kong has so far procured is effective against Covid-19 variants that have emerged around the world. One of the experts said the government should reconsider which inoculations to purchase. Joanne Wong has more:
Quarantine ‘should’ stay in place until high vaccine coverage achieved   Listenfacebook
Professor Ben Cowling from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health expects more cases of Covid-19 variants to arrive in Hong Kong in the coming months. Given that, he said the government’s priority should be to procure as much of the BioNTech vaccine as it can, while other options should also be considered. He spoke to Janice Wong:
Medical expert warns second jab needed for immunity  Listenfacebook
An infectious disease expert has urged people not to let their guard down after receiving their first dose of a vaccine. He says one shot won't provide enough protection. The warning follows the case of a policeman who took the jab, and then tested positive for the virus two days later. Wendy Wong reports:
Gyms unite to promote inoculation   Listenfacebook
The number of new coronavirus cases remained about the same on Thursday as Wednesday, with ten infections confirmed. Officials say they hope the decline in cases linked to a Sai Ying Pun gym means the outbreak there has been brought under control. Major players in the local fitness industry are uniting to encourage both clients and staff to get inoculated against Covid-19. Local gyms, along with dance, yoga and pilates studios, plan to enlist the help of doctors to explain why vaccinations are necessary and to assuage concerns about their safety. The chief executive and founder of the Pure Group, Colin Grant, told Natale Ching why they're launching the campaign:
Government urged to open vaccine passport talks   Listenfacebook
As the pandemic stabilises in Hong Kong, the government has been urged to reach out to places such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to introduce so-called vaccine passports to make travel easier by exempting inoculated people from quarantine. Damon Pang has that story:
Taxi trade expecting fare hike approval   Listenfacebook
The chairman of the Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus Association says he expects the government to approve fare increases for the trade now that it's given the green light for bus companies to raise their fares by nearly 10 percent next month. Timmy Sung reports:
Challenging authority a core value for art: Ai Weiwei  Listenfacebook
Dissident artist Ai Weiwei has denied that one of his artworks to be displayed at the M+ museum is subversive. But he says challenging authority is one of the main purposes of art. Jimmy Choi reports:
‘Do Not Split’ director welcomes Global Times publicity   Listenfacebook
China’s Global Times newspaper says the Oscar-nominated documentary about the 2019 Hong Kong protests - “Do Not Split” - should not win an award because it "lacks artistry and is full of biased political stances." The state-run tabloid warned that the Academy Awards now risk hurting the feelings of the Chinese people. Vicky Wong has the details:
Third Side still hoping to maximise democracy   Listenfacebook
One of the biggest questions raised by Beijing's sweeping plans for electoral reform in Hong Kong is will it leave any space for pro-democracy politicians in public life? Beijing and pro-establishment figures say of course they're welcome - as long as they are patriots who respect the constitutional order. But with a number of former legislators facing national security or protest related charges, and others having fled Hong Kong, who does that leave to take up the mantle of the opposition? One moderate party, Third Side, says it's just the kind of organisation that may be able to do this. Its head, Tik Chi-yuen spoke to Mike Weeks:
San Uk Ling ‘rescue mission’ man jailed  Listenfacebook
The High Court has re-sentenced a construction worker to 13 months in jail for inciting others to besiege a police detention centre in 2019. The Department of Justice had appealed his original sentence that kept him out of prison, as Violet Wong reports:
Big tech players summoned for ‘deep fake’ talks  Listenfacebook
Mainland authorities have summoned 11 tech companies including Tencent, Alibaba and TikTok owner ByteDance for talks on "deep fakes" and internet security, as regulators try to reel in China's digital sector. Priscilla Ng has the details: