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'Silver economy' panel set up

The Commerce & Economic Development Bureau today established the Advisory Panel on Silver Economy and convened its first meeting with the aim of initiating research on the development of Hong Kong’s growing elderly population as a consumer segment.    Chairing the panel, Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau said the elderly demographic was emerging as an important part of the city’s economy.    He highlighted that many products and services designed to enhance the quality of life enjoyed by elderly residents are spurring growth and business opportunities.    Mr Yau added that promoting such products and services can help to foster the development of the so-called silver economy and unleash business potential in the elderly market, whilst also catering to the aspirations and needs of elderly people. He said this would be the advisory panel’s focus.     At today’s meeting, the panel endorsed its terms of reference, reviewed statistics relating to

Suspected adverse case probed

The Department of Health said it received a report from the Hospital Authority tonight regarding a suspected serious adverse event following COVID-19 vaccination.   The case involved a 63-year-old man with chronic and respiratory diseases. He received the COVID-19 jab at Kwun Chung Sports Centre Community Vaccination Centre in Jordan on February 26.   He sought treatment from Queen Elizabeth Hospital due shortness of breath at around 1.30am on February 28 and was preliminarily diagnosed with bronchitis. He was hospitalised at around 3am but his condition deterioriated and passed away at around 6am.   The department said it immediately contacted the authority to obtain more information for investigation and evaluation, adding the causal relationship with the vaccination could not be ascertained at the moment.   The department will pass the case to the Expert Committee on Clinical Events Assessment Following COVID-19 Immunisation for causality assessment, and the assessment result will be released.
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