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124 COVID-19 cases reported

The Centre for Health Protection today said it is investigating 124 additional COVID-19 cases. More cases were detected in Kwai Chung Estate. There are also more than 70 preliminary positive cases.   Among the newly reported cases, 33 are related to Kwai Chung Estate, bringing the total number of positive and preliminary positive cases in the estate to 276.   One more positive case was found after an earlier confirmed case occurred at Glory Court, Tsuen Wan Garden, both of them live in units 5 but on two different floors. The centre has co-ordinated with related government departments and conducted an inspection today.    It was preliminarily considered that vertical transmission of virus via pipes is involved.   The centre will issue quarantine orders to residents of unit 5 on all floors of the building who resided there during the incubation period of the relevant cases and transfer them to a quarantine facility.   As it is possible that virus might be ejected from the open

Vaccine data followed up

The Department of Health has been actively following up with Sinovac Biotech (Hong Kong) with a view to obtaining as soon as possible the Phase 3 clinical data of its COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, the Government said today.   According to the latest reply from Sinovac, the company is preparing the relevant information and will submit it to the department as soon as possible.   According to the Prevention & Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation, the Secretary for Food & Health may, under the state of public health emergency, authorise the use of COVID-19 vaccines which fulfil the criteria of safety, efficacy and quality for the purpose of vaccination programmes conducted by the Government.   The regulation also specifies the conditions and procedures which the vaccine manufacturer or its representative, importer, or wholesale dealer must follow when submitting an application for seeking authorisation for emergency use.   To complete the authorisation process in a timely and smooth manner, the department has been processing part of the information provided by Sinovac and has also requested the company to provide as soon as possible the Phase 3 clinical data it has submitted to the World Health Organization.   After receiving the necessary information and relevant clinical data, the Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines appointed by the Chief Executive will review them and make a recommendation in accordance with the regulation to ensure the relevant vaccine fulfils the criteria of safety, efficacy and quality.   The Government said it will ensure the authorised vaccines satisfy the aforesaid criteria before providing vaccination for members of the public, adding that it will adhere to the principles of openness and transparency so that the public can obtain the latest information on vaccines.
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