WB, COVAX to speed jab supplies to developing nations

In this March 9, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at the Coast General Teaching & Referral Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya. (GIDEON MAUNDU / AP) JOHANNESBURG / BERLIN /...

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...

Single public housing applicants ‘face unfair system’

Some non-elderly single people queuing for public housing have accused the authorities of discriminating against them when it comes to allocating flats. Currently, these single people are in a queue separate from family or elderly applicants, with the latter having to wait nearly six years for public housing on average....

Microbiologist says HK needs 90% vaccination rate

Top microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung has warned that Hong Kong was not out of the woods yet despite going another day without any local infection, as he urged the public achieve a vaccination rate of more than 90 percent for social distancing measures to be further relaxed. Officials had earlier said...

FS vows to tackle HK’s housing problems

Financial Secretary Paul Chan said on Sunday there must be "substantial" progress in tackling Hong Kong's housing problems if the SAR is to get rid of subdivided flats by 2049. He made the comments on his weekly blog, responding to remarks by a senior Beijing official, Xia Baolong, who had...

EOC drafting bill to cover sexual minorities’ rights

The head of Hong Kong's equalities office said on Sunday it is drafting a bill to cover sexual minorities' rights, which are currently unprotected. Ricky Chu, chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission said they are looking into ways to fill the legal “vacuum”, and will publish a preliminary report within...

Punishment for US figures ‘deserved’: HKMAO

The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said on Saturday seven American citizens and entities that are being sanctioned by Beijing are getting the punishment they deserve. In the first sanctions imposed under China's new anti-foreign sanction law, unspecified counter-sanctions have been laid on the current or former heads of...

Police arrest four over self-storage drugs operation

Police said on Friday that they had smashed a drug trafficking syndicate that relied on self-storage facilities and couriers to store and transport drugs, seizing illegal drugs worth more than HK$78 million. The force said four men who were arrested on Wednesday are suspected of being members of the gang,...

Media wrong to reveal my ‘unforgivable havoc’: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that the media should not have reported her comments at a private meeting in 2019 when she admitted that pushing ahead with her extradition bill caused havoc in society. Lam said new legislation could be needed to outlaw such leaks in future. In...

11 cleared of illegal assembly at Tai Po

Eleven people have been acquitted of illegal assembly at the Tai Po Market MTR station two years ago, after a magistrate said surveillance footage submitted by prosecutors as evidence wasn’t clear enough to identify the defendants. The West Kowloon Court heard on Friday that on the night of September 7,...

Seditious sheep books don’t show reality: police

National security police confirmed on Thursday that they had arrested five members of the General Union of Hong Kong Speech Therapists over three children's books featuring sheep that are suspected of inciting hatred towards the SAR government. At a press conference, senior superintendent Steve Li from the force’s national security...

Govt urged to set up list of language interpreters

The Ombudsman on Thursday urged the administration to set up a central database of foreign-language interpreters that all government departments can use, to ensure people who cannot speak in either Chinese or English enjoy equal access to public services. The watchdog said that departments have been relying on a non-governmental...

Five arrested for ‘inciting young children’s hatred’

Police say their national security officers have arrested five people on suspicion of conspiring to publish seditious publications which “incite young children’s hatred towards the SAR government”. The force said the suspects are two men and three women aged 25 to 28, who were arrested on Thursday in different districts....

Two students jailed over CUHK bridge clashes

The District Court on Wednesday jailed one student for four-and-a-half years and another for three years and nine months for rioting at Chinese University in 2019. The court ruled that Cheung Chun-ho, 20, and Tang Hei-man, 25, had been among around a hundred people who had thrown bricks, petrol bombs...