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47 democrats charged with subversion: discussion with Grenville Cross & Lau Chak-sing on govt. vacci

2021-03-05

47 democrats charged with subversion: discussion with Grenville Cross & Lau Chak-sing on govt. vacci

2021-03-05
When Hong Kong’s new National Security Law was implemented last year, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the purpose of the legislation was not just to punish, but also to “deter people from committing the serious offences” jeopardising national security. She said that the law provided for safeguarding human rights and freedoms, but stressed that these are not absolute rights and were subject to restraint under the law. So how is that working out in practice? On Monday, 47 democrats and activists appeared in court, charged with subversion for organising and participation in, a primary election to select candidates for the now-postponed Legislative Council elections.

After the Covid-19 virus appeared more than a year ago, scientists worked round the clock to develop vaccines to combat the ensuing pandemic. Governments around the world entered a race to sign advance purchase agreements with pharmaceutical companies to secure doses for their people. Here in Hong Kong, the government has introduced vaccination programmes. Last week, many individuals received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine, the first to arrive. We talk to Lau Chak-sing, Convenor of the
Government Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines on the government's vaccination programme.

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