Explainers & FAQs

Explainer | The Covid-19 vaccines for Hong Kong, and what suits you

The city has agreed to buy 22.5 million doses of vaccine, with three companies supplying 7.5 million shots each. But of the jabs coming from Sinovac Biotech, Pfizer-BioNTech, and AstraZeneca, only the first two have official approval.

24 Feb 2021 - 12:23AM
Explainer | Why more contagious Covid-19 variants are emerging

Coronavirus mutations emerged as the number of cases soared globally and as the virus responded to immunity that started to build up in the population.

17 Feb 2021 - 2:06PM
Explainer | How the Covid-19 vaccines compare and who can get them

The race to carry out the biggest coronavirus inoculation programme in history has begun, with six products approved and more to follow.

27 Jan 2021 - 5:59PM
Explainer | Could area around Hong Kong’s famed fruit market be next to face lockdown?

Government considering move at Yau Ma Tei Fruit Market on cusp of Lunar New Year. Area around market, which has operated on the corner of Waterloo Road and Reclamation Street since 1913, has had 60 infections recently.

26 Jan 2021 - 5:28PM
What’s the difference between the Covid-19 vaccines?

Covid-19 plagued the world for most of 2020, but at the end of the year, vaccines developed and approved at record speed started to become available for use. With the largest vaccination drive in history under way, what are the differences between the Covid-19 vaccines? How effective are they? What are the potential side effects of some of the vaccines, what are the dosage requirements and how will they get to you? Here’s what you need to know about the Covid-19 vaccine front-runners. 

22 Jan 2021 - 6:09PM
Explainer | When will Hong Kong, mainland China get Covid-19 shots?

A timetable for vaccination is yet to be fixed, but delivery of the first batch of 1 million jabs from Sinovac – originally expected in January – could be delayed.

3 Jan 2021 - 2:36PM
Explainer | What are the coronavirus mRNA vaccines and how do they work?

Two of the currently available vaccinations against Covid-19 use a relatively new technology which has not been approved before.

31 Dec 2020 - 1:01PM
Explainer | How Hongkongers can safeguard their living environment against Covid-19

Experts say ensuring proper ventilation and natural lighting in rooms, and routine maintenance of drainage systems can keep living spaces healthy.

29 Dec 2020 - 11:18AM
Explainer | How many people need a Covid-19 vaccination to halt its spread?

Herd immunity is the goal of Covid-19 vaccinations – meaning enough people have antibodies to the virus to stop it spreading. But how many is enough?

28 Dec 2020 - 1:06PM
What we know so far about the new coronavirus strain

So far there is no evidence to suggest it is more deadly and scientists are hopeful that vaccines will still work.

24 Dec 2020 - 11:47AM
Explainer | Are new coronavirus strains cause for concern?

Reports from Britain and South Africa of new coronavirus strains that seem to spread more easily are causing alarm.

21 Dec 2020 - 10:51AM
Vaccines will save 2021? Not so fast, here’s what the experts think

While vaccines offer hope, this isn’t over – not by a long shot. This Week in Asia speaks to five top public-health experts on their predictions for the year ahead.

20 Dec 2020 - 2:20PM
Explainer | Hong Kong has eased social-distancing rules. Here’s all you need to know

Dine-in services at restaurants will now be available until 10pm, with a maximum of four people per table, but you still won't be able to get a drink at your favourite bar.

18 Feb 2021 - 4:04AM
From Australia to Malaysia, here’s where Asia stands on Pfizer vaccine

Britain’s emergency approval of Pfizer’s vaccine isn’t likely to accelerate the availability of the shot in Asia, as countries work to complete local safety tests.

8 Dec 2020 - 8:42PM
How Unicef is preparing for challenge of distributing Covid-19 vaccines

Richer nations have already acted to secure supplies, but less developed countries are relying on the Covax Facility to ensure fair access.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:05PM
More heat than light in quest for origin of the new coronavirus

The WHO, an Italian study and a team from a medical journal are on trail of the source of the pathogen but there’s still no answer as to where it made the leap to humans.

25 Nov 2020 - 6:46AM
Explainer | Drinking alcohol kills coronavirus? Another one for WHO’s myth-busters list

Misinformation has spread around the world about effective protection from the virus that causes Covid-19.

22 Nov 2020 - 5:00PM