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Suspected adverse case explained

An expert committee today said a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination did not have a direct link with the jab.   The Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation made the statement after it convened an urgent meeting to assess the case.   The 63-year-old man, who received a dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on February 26, suffered from acute shortness of breath with cough and attended Queen Elizabeth Hospital by himself in the early morning of February 28. His condition worsened rapidly and he succumbed that morning.   According to the Hospital Authority, the patient was a heavy smoker, had a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity and suspected ischemic heart disease.   The preliminary autopsy information revealed that he had serious coronary heart disease which led to acute myocardial infarction and pulmonary oedema, resulting in respiratory failure before passing away.   Having cons

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CS visits CHP, HK airport

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung today visited the Centre for Health (CHP) and the Hong Kong International Airport to understand the latest prevention and control measures undertaken to curb the spread of COVID-19.   He was briefed by the staff of the CHP’s Home Confinement Support Team, the Operation Command Office, the Emergency Hotline Centre, the Health Promotion Branch, the Quarantine Centre Taskforce and the Emergency Response Centre on their work.   Mr Cheung then visited a dedicated testing centre at the airport to understand the one-off compulsory COVID-19 testing arrangement for airport staff.   The testing arrangement is for the protection of the health of the staff and users of the airport. Nearly 70,000 people are expected to participate in the arrangement from February 4 to 25. As at February 11, some 50,000 people had been tested.   The Chief Secretary also met frontline police, customs and immigration officers on duty at the airport and took the opportunity to express heartfelt appreciation to the staff on duty during the Chinese New Year holiday.
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