Proposed ten recommendations of "promoting COVID-19 vaccines for children and the elderly" to the Government
In recent months, there have been a series of cases in Hong Kong of young children infected with the new coronavirus with serious complications, and the number of confirmed cases among the elderly has also continued to rise. Data shows that this is related to the unsatisfactory vaccination status of the elderly and young children. Together with some other LegCo members, I put forward ten suggestions on “promoting COVID-19 vaccines for children and the elderly” on 19 August, including setting up designated hospitals and a 24-hour consultation hotline, specializing in follow-up services for children’s vaccination, and searching around the world for suitable vaccines for young children and other people. We hope to increase the vaccination ratio of the elderly and children as soon as possible, so that Hong Kong can achieve herd immunity and expedite Hong Kong’s resumption of customs clearance.
Participated in the Seventh Belt and Road Summit
I participated in the Seventh Belt and Road Summit on 31 August which is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. The Summit is a premier Belt and Road business and investment platform for Mainland, overseas and Hong Kong enterprises. Vice Premier Han Zheng gave a video keynote speech at the opening session and pointed out the central government will adhere to the “one country, two systems” policy, fully support Hong Kong’s long-term maintenance of its unique status and advantages, and fully support Hong Kong’s active participation and contribution to the “Belt and Road” construction.
Visited Hong Kong Palace Museum
Together with some other LegCo members, I visited the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM) at the West Kowloon Cultural District on 2 August to understand the latest situation of HKPM since its opening. We received briefings on the operation of HKPM, ticketing arrangements, etc. I toured five of the galleries of HKPM and visited about 900 priceless treasures from the Palace Museum in Beijing, some of which are being exhibited in Hong Kong for the first time.
Visited Hong Kong International Airport
Together with some other LegCo members, I visited the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) on 8 August to understand the latest development of smart airport initiatives implemented by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), such as the 5G mobile network infrastructure, autonomous driving technology and electric vehicle-sharing programme, for improving the operation efficiency of HKIA and providing more convenient services to the passengers. I visited the “Flight Token” facilities at Terminal 1 including Smart Check-in Kiosks, Self-Bag Drop Counters, e-Security Gates and e-Boarding Gates. I also learnt about AAHK’s initiatives in applying technological innovations, such as touchless devices and biometric token to speed up the passengers’ boarding procedures. We also visited the Sky Bridge, which connects Terminal 1 and the North Satellite Concourse, to understand the green design of HKIA and latest measures taken by AAHK to promote sustainable development. Meanwhile, we observed the autonomous baggage tractor and restricted area patrol car that have already been in operation.
LegCo Subcommittee visited families at sub-divided units and transitional housing projects
As a member of the LegCo Subcommittee on Issues Relating to the Improvement of Living Conditions of the Grass-roots Tenants, I visited families at sub-divided units and transitional housing projects in a hotel and a guesthouse on 9 August to learn about the living environment of grass-roots families. We visited families living in sub-divided units in To Kwa Wan to have more understanding on their living conditions and the hardship that they are facing. Members toured the communal facilities and learnt more about the implementation of the projects. The government has earlier launched a pilot scheme to subsidise Non-governmental Organizations to rent suitable rooms in hotels and guesthouses with relatively low occupancy rates as transitional housing, providing about 800 housing units for households in need.