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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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Debate continues over AstraZeneca for HK  Listenfacebook
Medical experts in Hong Kong are divided over whether the government should go ahead with its order for seven-and-a-half million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, following the latest findings linking the jab to rare blood clots. Frances Sit reports:
Patients’ group says AstraZeneca purchase ‘wasteful’  Listenfacebook
The chairman of Hong Kong Patients’ Voices, Alex Lam, has suggested it would be wasteful of the government to go ahead with its purchase of seven-and-a-half million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. He said despite a survey by the group showing the vaccine was the most popular choice here, compared to jabs offered by Sinovac and BioNTech, recent news may have dented public confidence in AstraZeneca. He told Janice Wong that people may not be willing to take it:
Returnee flights sell out  Listenfacebook
Returnee flights sell out
Customs insist raid not an act of repression  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Customs has strenuously denied speculation that it engages in political repression, after a raid on a business owned by a pro-democracy businessman who has been charged under the national security law. The department says it will release more details of the case on Friday. Steve Dunthorne reports:
Amnesty says human rights deteriorating in HK  Listenfacebook
A report by Amnesty International says human rights and freedoms have been greatly stifled in Hong Kong since the enactment of the national security law, with authorities increasingly using safeguarding national security to try to legitimise what the group describes as politically-motivated repression. Frances Sit reports:
Foreign ministry lashes out over Nathan Law  Listenfacebook
The foreign ministry has criticised London for granting asylum to former Hong Kong lawmaker Nathan Law. The activist fled Hong Kong last June just ahead of Beijing's imposition of the national security law here. Vicky Wong reports:
Student charged with inciting secession  Listenfacebook
A university student accused of possessing a pepper ball gun has now become one of Hong Kong's latest national security suspects. Damon Pang reports:
Driver shot in epic car chase  Listenfacebook
Police shot and wounded a driver on a busy Sha Tin street, following a lengthy car chase on Thursday morning that left several injured and half a dozen cars damaged. The driver is in a critical condition. The force says the traffic officer was fully justified in firing the lone shot because the suspect had posed a severe danger to the public, after he allegedly ignored repeated police requests to stop, and tried to escape by crashing into other vehicles on the road. Violet Wong reports:
Electoral overhaul to be tabled in Legco next week  Listenfacebook
The Chief Executive Carrie Lam says the government will table a host of bills to the Legislative Council next Wednesday, in relation to Beijing's electoral overhaul in the territory. Damon Pang reports:
CE says funeral facility plans to go ahead  Listenfacebook
Carrie Lam also says she will not reverse plans to build funeral facilities in North District, although they will be located at a key site designated for Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area development. Maggie Ho reports:
Number of multi-millionaires at record high  Listenfacebook
The number of self-reported multi-millionaires in Hong Kong reached a record high of 515,000 in 2020 - up nearly a quarter from the year before, despite the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Citibank, which conducted the survey, defines a multi-millionaire as an individual with net assets of HK$10 million and liquid assets of at least a million. Josephine Lee, head of retail banking for Citibank Hong Kong, told Richard Pyne more about the multi-millionaires and how they increased their wealth during a global pandemic.