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John Lee to add fresh faces to expert Covid advisory group

John Lee to add fresh faces to expert Covid advisory group

Hong Kong leader John Lee Ka-chiu is set to add fresh faces to its anti-epidemic expert advisory group, according to sources.
Former chief executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in January 2020, appointed four experts with rich experience in public health, epidemiology, and clinical aspects to join an expert advisory group to provide professional advice to the SAR government.

Health expert Keiji Fukuda’s return to the United States for retirement in November last year has left only three remaining in the advisory group, including Gabriel Leung Cheuk-wai, Yuen Kwok-yung, and David Hui Shu-cheong.

It is understood that Lee is set to make an announcement in the coming days, which will see Ivan Hung Fan-ngai, head of the University of Hong Kong’s infectious diseases division, and Professor Wallace Lau Chak-sing, convenor of the government’s advisory panel on Covid-19 vaccines, appointed as the fourth and fifth member of the advisory group.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday morning, the chief executive told reporters that he would soon appoint a new expert advisory group to deal with the city’s Covid epidemic.

He said he had met with advisory group members when still chief executive-elect, adding he would reference the experts’ opinions when formulating anti-epidemic policies.

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