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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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BioNTech jabs suspended until investigation complete  Listenfacebook
Health officials say BioNTech vaccinations will remain suspended while the drug manufacturer investigates packaging defects among a batch of jabs used in Hong Kong, even though there is no suggestion that the shots themselves pose any safety risk. Richard Pyne has the details:
Extending wait for 2nd BioNTech dose to six weeks ‘not a problem’   Listenfacebook
The president of the Society of Hospital Pharmacists, William Chui, says that the types of packaging defects found in the batch of BioNTech vaccines used in Hong Kong won’t have affected the safety of jabs already given to people. He told Janice Wong that pharmacists have been very careful in spotting and discarding the affected vials, but the government is right to pause inoculations while the problem is investigated:
Many upset by abrupt halt of BioNTech inoculations   Listenfacebook
People turned away from vaccination centres on Wednesday spoke of their frustration and disappointment, complaining that officials wouldn't tell them why their bookings were cancelled. The government's point man on vaccinations, Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip, has apologised for the confusion caused. Here's Wendy Wong:
Death of 60-year-old unlikely to be related to Sinovac shot  Listenfacebook
A panel of experts says the death on Wednesday of a man who'd recently received a Sinovac jab was probably not linked to the vaccine. They say the most likely cause was the cardiovascular disease he was suffering from. The panel has so far found no direct links between vaccines and any of the 10 deaths of people who'd recently taken them. Frances Sit reports:
Infected furniture assembler sends customers to quarantine   Listenfacebook
A delivery man was one of just four local Covid-19 cases confirmed on Wednesday. He began showing symptoms last Wednesday, but continued to work. Customers he visited during that period have now been quarantined, as Frances Sit reports:
Government urged to end ‘year of torture’ for care home residents  Listenfacebook
The Elderly Services Association has urged the government to ease visiting restrictions at care homes as soon as possible. As Joanne Wong reports, it's calling for urgent talks on the issue:
Mahjong parlours can’t sustain continuing losses  Listenfacebook
A mahjong parlour representative says most of his staff are willing to get inoculated to help keep their premises open. Chris Cheung also warned of imminent job losses if they remain shut. He spoke to RTHK's Ben Tse:
Former Shenzhen detainee charged under national security law  Listenfacebook
One of the 12 Hong Kong activists caught by mainland authorities during an alleged bid to flee by speedboat to Taiwan last summer has been charged under the national security law. As Frances Sit reports, Andy Li is accused of colluding with foreign forces:
Yuen Long defendant denies hitting anyone with a stick   Listenfacebook
A man charged with rioting over the gang attack on people in Yuen Long Station in July 2019 has told the District Court that he never hit anyone on the night in question. But his evidence over where he got a stick that he was seen wielding was disputed by the prosecution. Maggie Ho reports:
Judgment on RTHK producer set for April   Listenfacebook
A verdict in the case of RTHK producer Bao Choy will be handed down next month. She was tried on Wednesday for allegedly making false statements to obtain vehicle registration information as part of research for a documentary on who was behind the vicious mob attacks in Yuen Long Station and elsewhere in the town on July 21, 2019:
All packaging materials ‘need’ to be included in charging scheme  Listenfacebook
The move to make beverage manufacturers, retailers and consumers in Hong Kong accountable for the waste they produce has so far chiefly focused on glass and plastic bottles. But in 2019, Hong Kong also threw over 27,000 tonnes of liquid cartons into landfills, a 12 percent increase from the year before. Mike Weeks asked Paul Zimmerman, chair of the Drink Without Waste initiative, why such cartons haven’t attracted as much attention as bottles: