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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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Over-12s to get BioNTech shots from Monday   Listenfacebook
Children as young as 12 will be able to book an appointment for the BioNTech coronavirus vaccine from Friday, with the first shots to be administered three days later. As Wendy Wong reports, officials say schools with around 70 percent of pupils and teachers fully vaccinated could be rewarded with a relaxation of social distancing restrictions:
Parents urge government to set up dedicated vaccine hotline  Listenfacebook
The head of the Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations in Wanchai has called on the government to set up a dedicated hotline to answer questions parents may have about coronavirus vaccines. Khoo Law Soo-kwan told Annemarie Evans parents generally support the plan, but want more information about the jabs:
Inequalities ‘driving’ low vaccination rate   Listenfacebook
A sociology academic says anti-elitist sentiment could be one reason why so many people have failed to heed expert advice on getting vaccinated against Covid-19. Lee Chun-wing from the Polytechnic University believes that's a global phenomenon. He told Janice Wong that many people see society as unfair and they are not keen to return to pre-pandemic life:
Antibody tests ‘a waste of money’  Listenfacebook
Medical experts have told RTHK that people who have been vaccinated shouldn't bother splashing out for an antibody test in order to establish their level of protection. They called it a waste of money and warned that the results could be misleading. Wendy Wong has the story:
Beijing enacts sanction retaliation law   Listenfacebook
China’s top legislative body has passed a new law to counter foreign sanctions. As Priscilla Ng reports, the move by the National People's Congress Standing Committee is Beijing's first major legal step to retaliate to sanctions imposed by Western nations over Hong Kong and Xinjiang:
Next Digital fails in attempt to get seized documents back  Listenfacebook
Next Digital has lost its bid for a court order to get back documents seized by the police during their national security investigation into the media company and its founder, Jimmy Lai. Timmy Sung reports:
EU accused of unfounded accusations on Hong Kong  Listenfacebook
The Hong Kong government has accused the European Union of making "unfounded accusations" against Beijing's overhaul of the SAR's electoral system. Timmy Sung reports:
More big declarations on vaccines, climate change tipped at G7 talks  Listenfacebook
The US and Britain have announced an updated partnership agreement ahead of Friday's G7 summit in southwest England. President Joe Biden said the revitalised Atalantic Charter will speak to the key challenges of today: global health, climate change, cyber security and emerging technologies. UK-based correspondent Alec Wilkinson told Mike Weeks more about the talks between the US leader and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson:
Hong Kong Airlines grounds most of passenger fleet  Listenfacebook
Hong Kong Airlines says it will operate just eight cargo jets for at least the next year, confirming a major restructure that will see an undisclosed number of redundancies. Its A320 passenger planes will be grounded from next month and some staff will be offered six months of leave for which they'll receive a month's pay, or nine months off for two months of salary. The company says it's in critical survival mode.
Analyst Brendan Sobie, of Sobie Aviation, told Joanne Wong that Hong Kong Airlines is in a more difficult position than other carriers struggling in the pandemic:
Gay Games ‘an opportunity for all’   Listenfacebook
The Equal Opportunities Commission has appealed for support for the 2022 Gay Games to be staged in Hong Kong, calling for respect and an inclusive attitude towards the event. The EOC spoke out after some lawmakers expressed reservations about the event, with Junius Ho claiming the games would “bring dirty money” to the city. The co-chair of the Gay Games 11, Dennis Philipse told Mike Weeks says the focus of the games is participation and inclusion for all:
Role of underground reservoirs in HK history recognised   Listenfacebook
The Antiquities Advisory Board has proposed classifying three century-old reservoirs around the Mid-Levels and the Peak as Grade 1 historic structures. As Violet Wong reports, the board says "creative ways" are needed to publicise the operating cisterns as it's not easy for the public to visit them:
Smugglers deploy drones as lookouts  Listenfacebook
Customs officers say smugglers are using drones to try to outwit their operations. They made the revelation as they announced their biggest ever bust of a speedboat smuggling operation, in which goods worth HK$120 million were seized. Wong Yin-ting reports: