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Civil Aid Service holds parade

The Civil Aid Service (CAS) held the Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and CAS 70th Anniversary Parade today at the Police College.   Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki officiated at the ceremony and acted as the reviewing officer for the parade.   To demonstrate national identity and patriotic sentiment for the motherland, the CAS has fully adopted from today, the Chinese-style foot drill that requires exacting standards, and demonstrated the drill's protocols for the first time in the parade.   As an auxiliary force under the Security Bureau, the CAS has been honouring the pledge of "provide emergency relief, serve the community" and has been rendering immediate assistance during emergencies to protect Hong Kong citizens.   During the COVID-19 epidemic, the CAS has remained steadfast on the front line of the anti-epidemic operations by rapidly assisting in setting up a number of community isolation faci

2 vaccination cases reported

The Department of Health said as of 4pm today, in the past 24 hours, it received two reports from the Hospital Authority of deaths with suspected serious adverse events with history of COVID-19 vaccination within 14 days.   One of the cases involved a 58-year-old woman who complained of chest pain and shortness of breath on May 7 and attended a hospital for treatment. Hospital examination revealed she had aortic dissection and she passed away this morning.   The woman received a dose of the BioNTech vaccine at a community vaccination centre on May 1 and there was no record that she complained of feeling unwell during observation there.   The other case involved a 61-year-old man who was found collapsed at his workplace on the night of May 7 and was admitted to a hospital. Hospital examination revealed he had ventricular fibrillation and he passed away that night.   The man received a dose of the BioNTech vaccine at a community vaccination centre on May 5 and there was no record that he complained of feeling unwell during observation there.   The department said that it has contacted the authority to obtain further information on the two cases to facilitate a causality assessment.   So far, there is no clinical evidence indicating that the events were caused by the vaccine. The department will pass the cases to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation to conduct a causality assessment.   As of May 2, a total of 2,402 reports of adverse events following immunisation were received, which is 0.16% of the doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Hong Kong.   A total of 16 death reports with vaccination history within 14 days were received in the same period. The expert committee concluded that four cases had no causal relationship with COVID-19 vaccination, and the rest were preliminarily considered not to be associated with vaccination.

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