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CE begins visit to Xi'an

Chief Executive Carrie Lam left Chongqing for Xi'an today and began her visit programme in Shaanxi Province.   After arriving in Xi'an, she met Shaanxi Governor Zhao Yide and attended a lunch he hosted.   Mrs Lam said she was pleased to visit Shaanxi for the first time as Chief Executive and congratulated Shaanxi on the successful hosting of the 14th National Games.   She expressed hope that Shaanxi would share its valuable experience, enabling the governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Guangdong Province and the Macau SAR to do a good job in hosting the 15th National Games in 2025.   Noting that Shaanxi is a key link for the nation's Belt & Road Initiative with its rich cultural history, the Chief Executive said the two places can build on the close trade and economic ties to enhance collaboration to contribute to the initiative and promote arts and cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world.   She added that the Hong Kong

COVID-19 vaccination update issued

The Department of Health said as at 8pm on May 30, it received 3,289 reports of adverse events, 21 of which were death cases with vaccination within 14 days before they passed away.   The figures represented 0.14% and 0.0009% of the total vaccine doses administered.       As at May 30, the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation concluded that six death cases had no causal relationship with vaccination, and preliminarily considered that 15 cases were not associated with vaccination.   The expert committee considered that there is no unusual pattern identified so far, and will continue to closely monitor the situation and collect data for assessment. ​ In the preceding week ending May 30, the department received 183 reports of adverse events following COVID-19 immunisation. No death case was reported by the Hospital Authority involving individuals who had received vaccines within 14 days.   According to information from the authority, during the period from May 3 to 30, the ratio of death cases out of those without a vaccination record was 54.8 cases for every 100,000 people, whereas the ratio of death cases for those with a vaccination record was 2.9 cases for every 100,000 people. The overall death rate is similar to that recorded in the past three years.   Out of those without a vaccination record, the ratio of death cases with acute stroke or acute myocardial infarction was 2.6 cases for every 100,000 people, whereas the ratio of death cases under the same category for those with a vaccination record was 0.4 cases for every 10, 000 people.   Furthermore, the ratio of miscarriage cases out of those without a vaccination record was 25 cases for every 100,000 people, whereas the ratio of miscarriage cases for those who had a vaccination record was 4.2 cases for every 100,000 people.   Based on the statistical analysis of the above figures, there is no evidence that vaccination increases the risk of death or miscarriage for recipients.   The relevant reference statistics will be uploaded to the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme thematic website.       The majority of non-death cases of adverse events received so far are relatively minor ones, details of which can be found here.
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