Hong Kong kicks off COVID-19 vaccinations with Sinovac jab

HONG KONG: Hong Kong began administering its first COVID-19 vaccines to the public Friday, kicking off its program that will eventually offer free vaccinations to all 7.5 million residents.People age 60 and older and health care workers are among the some 2.4 million people currently prioritized t

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, top officials receive COVID-19 vaccine

HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and other government officials received a COVID-19 vaccine Monday as the city begins its inoculation program.Lam and the city’s health minister Sophia Chan were among the first people to receive their vaccines in Hong Kong, after about a million doses o

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

BEIJING: China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in five days to fight a surge in infections in a city south of Beijing, state media reported.The hospital is one of six with a total of 6,500 rooms being built in Nangong in Hebei province, the Xinhua News Age

China to continue suspending flights to and from Britain

BEIJING: China will continue to suspend flights to and from Britain, the country’s airline regulator said on Sunday.The Civil Aviation Administration said in a notice that the new suspension will take effect on Monday.

China tightens virus restrictions on new cluster ahead of Lunar New Year

BEIJING: Two Chinese cities south of Beijing further tightened virus restrictions Saturday and issued week-long stay at home orders to residents as authorities race to stamp out a resurgence in infections.China has largely brought its domestic outbreak under control after the coronavirus first eme

Hong Kong arrests 53 activists under national security law

Hong Kong police arrested 53 former lawmakers and activists on Wednesday. Authorities accused them of breaching a new national security law by participating in unofficial election primaries for the territory’s legislature last year. The mass arrests were the largest since the

China gives its first COVID-19 vaccine approval to Sinopharm

BEIJING: China approved its first COVID-19 vaccine for general public use on Thursday, a shot developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical giant Sinopharm, as it braces for greater transmission risks over the winter.No detailed efficacy data of the vaccine has been publicly released bu

Wuhan virus cases may be 10 times higher than reported: China health study

Beijing: The number of coronavirus cases in the Chinese city where the pathogen was first detected may have been 10 times higher than official figures suggest, according to a study by health authorities in Wuhan.About 4.4 percent of the city’s 11 million residents had developed antibodies ag

Beijing tightens COVID-19 curbs as cases detected across capital

Beijing has tightened COVID-19 curbs over concerns that China’s mass travel during the holiday period could cause cases to spike in the capital, as it reported locally transmitted cases for a fourth straight day on Sunday. A meeting led by the capital’s Communist party boss, Cai Qi, u

China's Covid-19 vaccination programme reaches one million doses

China said it has already administered more than a million coronavirus vaccines since July and plans to distribute more, initially targeting workers in industries where they are at higher risk of infection as the country seeks to be at the vanguard of the global Covid-19 immunisation effort. Vacc

China to begin COVID-19 inoculations for front-line workers

 China will soon begin coronavirus inoculations for workers in health care, transport and border control, a senior official said Saturday.Vice Minister of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin gave few specifics but said the government was prioritizing those most at risk of catching the v

China will take measures to uphold rights of Chinese companies

China said on Wednesday that it will take measures to uphold the rights of Chinese companies, in response to the United States blacklisting companies and ships accused of breaking sanctions on North Korea. China has been fulfilling United Nations Security Council resolutions and opposes unilatera

Hong Kong to limit dining, close gyms and beauty salons to curb coronavirus

HONG KONG: Hong Kong said on Tuesday the city would once again ban dining in restaurants after 6p.m. (1000 GMT) and close all gyms and beauty salons, to curb a rise in coronavirus cases in the densely packed financial hub.Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the government would also study additional r

Hong Kong police make national security arrests over campus protest

Hong Kong police arrested three people on Monday for chanting banned slogans at a university campus last month, accusing them of violating a draconian national security law imposed by China.The arrests illustrate how Beijing’s new law has created a host of new speech crimes as it moves to cr

China prepares large-scale rollout of coronavirus vaccines

Provincial governments across China are placing orders for experimental, domestically made coronavirus vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work or how they may reach the country’s 1.4 billion people.Developers are speeding up final testing, the Chinese foreign min

China's Xi congratulates Biden on US election win

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday congratulated Joe Biden on winning the Nov. 3 US presidential election, voicing hope the two countries could promote a healthy and stable development of bilateral ties, the official Xinhua news agency reported.Sino-US relations have deteriorated

China Tests Millions Amid New Virus Flare-Ups

Chinese authorities are testing millions of people, imposing lockdowns and shutting down schools after multiple locally transmitted coronavirus cases were discovered in three cities across the country last week. As temperatures drop, large-scale measures are being enacted in the cities of Tianjin

XI Says China Ready to Boost Global COVID-19 Vaccine Cooperation

President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China is ready to step up global COVID-19 vaccine cooperation, and called for better international coordination on policies to facilitate movement of people. Pharmaceutical companies and research centres around the world are working on potential COVID-19