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New harbourfront space opens

The Development Bureau announced that the Pierside Precinct near Wan Chai Ferry Pier further opened today, providing a nostalgic harbourfront leisure space with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour for the public.   Being the 12th harbourfront leisure space that opened since October last year, the newly opened area is located to the east of the ferry pier on a harbour site reclaimed for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.   The bureau said under the incremental approach, a 180-metre-long promenade of the precinct opened earlier in March, followed by the opening of a further 80m in October.   With an area of about 4,600 sq m, the newly opened part has almost doubled the precinct's original space.   In contrast to the colourful cartoon style adopted at other harbourfront sites opened earlier in Western District and Wan Chai, the precinct mainly comprises simple fair-faced concrete and wooden structures.   It features a stylish touch with its clear and rectiline

Anti-epidemic adviser to leave

The Government said today that Prof Keiji Fukuda will resign from the expert advisory panel under the Steering Committee & Command Centre in relation to the Novel Coronavirus and the Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines with effect from December 1.   Prof Fukuda notified the Government that he will return to the US for retirement upon his departure from the University of Hong Kong's School of Public Health by the end of this year.   Chief Executive Carrie Lam expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Prof Fukuda for his significant contribution in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic in Hong Kong and wished him a happy retirement.   She said: "With his rich experience and expertise in public health, Prof Fukuda offered a wealth of invaluable professional advice which is constructive to the Government's effort in combatting the epidemic during the past two years.   "He also shared his experience gained during his days in the World Health Organization and effectively supported the Government to deal with the epidemic situation based on science and theories."   The membership list of the Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines has been updated and will take effect from December 1.
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