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(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The roadmap on the popularisation of electric vehicles to be announced next month will be a clear signal for car manufacturers and suppliers to prepare for the transition by increasing supply, Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said today.   At a press conference on the 2021-22 Budget initiatives this morning, Mr Wong pointed out that Hong Kong's target of phasing out conventional petrol private cars in 2035 or earlier was progressive.   “Regarding the phasing out of conventional private vehicles, our target is actually the most progressive in Asia, you have to understand that. And our target is that we would like to set the target of 2035 as the deadline.”   He noted that a good supply of electric vehicles in the private car industry will be a key factor during the transition.   "The meaning of that 2035 is to set a clear signal to car manufacturers and suppliers to Hong Kong th

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Chinese medicine services inspected

Secretary for Food & Health Prof Sophia Chan visited the Community Treatment Facility (CTF) at AsiaWorld-Expo today to learn more about the operation of the special Chinese medicine (CM) services provided by the Hospital Authority for COVID-19 patients staying in the CTF.   Prof Chan visited the working area dedicated for CM services in the CTF, met the resident Chinese Medicine Practitioners (CMPs) and Western medicine (WM) team, and was briefed on the service’s arrangement and workflow.   She also spoke with patients receiving CM services through video calls to gauge their views.   Prof Chan said the Government is committed to promoting the development of CM, which has been incorporated into the healthcare system of Hong Kong.   With the Food & Health Bureau’s facilitation and support, the authority provides CM services to patients in the CTF. It provides patients with another treatment option and allows CM to give full play to its strength in the Government’s anti-epidemic control efforts.   Since January 26, the authority has provided the Special Chinese Medicine Programme for COVID-19 in-patients at the CTF through the tripartite Chinese Medicine Clinic & Training & Research Centres. Fifty patients have joined so far, with more than 230 consultations conducted.   Patients' participation in the in-patient programme is voluntary. They are clinically assessed by the WM and CM teams to confirm the suitability of receiving treatment under the in-patient programme.   The authority also set up an Expert Panel comprising CM experts in clinical practice and drugs from the schools of Chinese medicine of three local universities, together with medicine, infectious diseases and toxicology experts from the authority, to formulate the clinical protocol for the in-patient programme.    Discharged patients may join the Special Chinese Medicine Out-patient Programme for Discharged COVID-19 Patients to receive follow-up rehabilitation treatment.   Over 850 discharged patients have joined the out-patient programme since its launch last April.
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