Government to procure further 20m antivirals The government will buy 20 million tablets of antiviral drugs, including Tamiflu, in preparation for a possible bird flu pandemic, health minister York Chow Yat-ngok confirmed yesterday. The amount is enough to treat more than 1 million people. Hong Kong has already stocked 3.7 million Tamiflu tablets, Dr Chow added. He said a channel of communication had been set up with the mainland to allow Hong Kong to receive immediate notification in the event of an outbreak there. Immigration officials may provide help in Guangdong Immigration officials may be stationed in Guangdong to assist Hong Kong residents, Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung disclosed. Mr Lam said more than 3,600 local residents last year sought assistance with issues ranging from detention on the mainland to being victims of accidents or crime. He said authorities on both sides of the border were discussing the plan. Shenzhen road link to carry 31,000 vehicles a day About 31,000 vehicles a day will travel on the new Western Corridor linking Shenzhen and Hong Kong when it opens next year, according to an Environment, Transport and Works Bureau estimate. The bureau noted that 20 per cent of the vehicles using the road would be trucks. More manpower needed to realise Tsang initiatives Initiatives announced by Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen in last week's policy address require an additional 12 officials of directorate rank and 1,000 support staff, Secretary for the Civil Service Joseph Wong Wing-ping said. Mr Wong said the government would move staff to help cope with the added demand.