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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

CHP responds to media enquiries

People taking the Sinovac vaccine may not be effectively protected from COVID-19 until two weeks after their second dose, the Centre for Health Protection said today.   It made the statement in response to media enquiries on a patient of a case who received two doses of the Sinovac jab.   The 63-year-old male patient received the first and second doses of the vaccine on March 10 and April 7.   His specimen collected on April 14 tested positive for COVID-19.   The centre said it is carrying out relevant epidemiological investigations.   Based on the information from the drug company, it takes time after Sinovac vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and offer protection against the virus, the centre said.   People who took the Sinovac vaccine may not be protected effectively until 14 days after their second dose.   It also said that there is a need for members of the public to continue practising social distancing, good hand hygiene and wearing a mask in public after vaccination to reduce the risk of virus transmission.   At this time, combining the above measures with vaccination will provide the most protection against the virus, it added.
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