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Flu jab booking set

Community vaccination centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6.   The Government announced today that eligible people can make reservations for receiving both COVID-19 vaccination and SIV through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme booking system starting from 9am tomorrow.   They may also choose to receive the free SIV on site when they are receiving the COVID-19 jab starting from October 6.   Given that local seasonal influenza activity has been staying at low levels since February 2020, the overall immunity against influenza in the community is at present relatively low, the Government noted.   As the winter flu season is approaching, citizens are strongly urged to complete the recommended dosage of COVID-19 vaccines and the latest seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to obtain better protection in the event of

Shaw Prize expo to be held

The Science Museum will launch the Shaw Prize 2021 Exhibition tomorrow to introduce this year's Shaw Laureates and their outstanding contributions.   Established in 2002, the Shaw Prize consists of three annual awards, namely the Prize in Astronomy, the Prize in Life Science & Medicine and the Prize in Mathematical Sciences.   It is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields, have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, or have achieved excellence in other domains.   The Shaw Prize in Life Science & Medicine is awarded to the Frank HT Rhodes Class of 1956 Professor of Molecular Biology & Genetics and Director of the Weill Institute for Cell & Molecular Biology at the Cornell University, the US, Prof Scott D Emr.   His remarkable discovery of the pathway and mechanism of the Endosomal Sorting Complex Required for Transport has contributed to further study of diseases including viral dissemination and those which are neurodegenerative.   The Shaw Prize in Astronomy is awarded in equal shares to two female scholars - the Professor of Physics and Director of McGill Space Institute at the McGill University, Canada, Prof Victoria M Kaspi and the Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at George Washington University, the US, Prof Chryssa Kouveliotou.   They developed new and precise observational techniques which enabled them to confirm the existence of neutron stars with ultra-strong magnetic fields. Their work has established magnetars as a new and important class of astrophysical objects.   The two Shaw Laureates in Mathematical Sciences are the Emeritus Professor of the Mathematics Department of the Universit√© Paris-Saclay of France, Prof Jean-Michel Bismut and the Silver Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, the US, Prof Jeff Cheeger.   They solved long-standing open problems in geometry. They also introduced important new ideas and built tools which have greatly extended possibilities in modern geometry, and as a result have transformed the subject.   Jointly presented by the Leisure & Cultural Services Department and the Shaw Prize Foundation, the exhibition will run until January 5 next year.   Click here for details.
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