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Xia Baolong begins HK visit

CPC Central Committee Hong Kong & Macao Work Office Director and State Council Hong Kong & Macao Affairs Office Director Xia Baolong today arrived in Hong Kong for a seven-day inspection visit.   Upon his arrival at Hong Kong International Airport this morning, Mr Xia toured the Integrated Airport Centre in the company of Chief Executive John Lee, Chief Secretary Chan Kwok-ki and Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) Chairman Jack So.   Mr Xia was updated by Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung and AAHK Chief Executive Officer Fred Lam, on the developments of the aviation industry and the latest situation of Hong Kong's development as an international aviation and cargo hub. Mr Xia also inspected the operation of autonomous vehicles at the airport.   In the afternoon, he had an engagement session with Principal Officials and Permanent Secretaries of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government led by Mr Lee.   At another engagement ses

Jabs necessary for airport staff

The latest vaccination requirements for airport staff are for their protection against the health hazard they are exposed to in light of the epidemic situation overseas, Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan said today.   The Airport Authority has announced that targeted groups of workers will be required to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with negative test results no longer a substitute for vaccination.   Speaking to reporters, Prof Chan said: “If we look at the airport, it is a high-risk place, especially when we are having inbound travellers, be it transit or coming to Hong Kong from places where there may be very high risk in terms of the epidemic situation.”   The groups subject to the new requirements include those with close-range contact with arrivals or transfer and transit passengers.   “For those people who are working in the areas whereby they would have close contact with inbound travellers or transit passengers, it is important to protect them and also to ensure that they are vaccinated.”   The vaccination requirements will be effective from September 1.
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