Social Democrats’ lead over Merkel bloc widens to record

German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democratic Party's (SPD) main candidate Olaf Scholz speaks during an election campaign event in Leipzig, on September 5, 2021. (JENS SCHLUETER / AFP) Finance Minister Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats widened their lead over Germany’s conservatives to a record 6 percentage points in a...

Govt targets jabs for all as 60pc get first shot

Secretary for the Civil Service, Patrick Nip said on Sunday that the government was now aiming to get everyone in the SAR vaccinated, after 60 percent of eligible people received at least one dose. Speaking on a television programme, Nip said more than four million people had had at least...

Jabs for elderly key to easing restrictions: expert

A top government adviser on Covid-19 vaccines said on Saturday that the SAR could begin easing border restrictions if vaccination rates goes up, especially among elderly people. Speaking after a radio programme, Ivan Hung said an inoculation rate of about 85 percent was needed to protect the community because of...

2021 economic growth forecast revised upwards

The local economy is tipped to enjoy stronger growth in 2021 than previously thought. The government on Friday revised upwards the city's full-year GDP growth forecast as the economy continued to improve amid an easing local Covid-19 outbreak. The economy is now expected to expand by 5.5 percent to 6.5...

Hong Kong reaches 50pc vaccination rate for first jab

The government on Thursday said Hong Kong had reached a 50 percent inoculation rate for the first Covid jab, while 38 percent had had both shots. Civil Service Secretary Patrick Nip, who's responsible for the vaccination drive, said more than 3.4 million people had now had their first dose. On...

IMF: Global recovery gap widens on unequal vaccine access

In this Oct 15, 2019 photo, Gita Gopinath, IMF Chief Economist and Director of the Research Department, speaks at a briefing during the IMF and World Bank Fall Meetings in Washington, DC, USA. (Olivier Douliery / AFP) The International Monetary Fund maintained its outlook for the biggest rebound in global...

How the Delta variant upends assumptions about the virus

An elderly man gets inoculated with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the COVID-19 at a drive-in vaccination facility in Mumbai on June 26, 2021. (PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP) The Delta variant is the fastest, fittest and most formidable version of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 the world has...

’70 percent vaccination rate may not be good enough’

Respiratory medicine specialist Leung Chi-chiu warned on Monday that even if Hong Kong reaches a 70 percent vaccination rate, this may no longer be good enough to provide herd immunity against Covid-19 in light of the emergence of more contagious variants. Leung said the jabs are less effective against some...