COVID-19 vaccinations for young children now expected to start later this year
Possible changes were announced by officials with the Department of Health in Hong Kong on Friday, announcing that they will soon allow public schools to begin distributing free coronavirus testing kits as an experimental measure to reduce the spread of the virus.
However, the changes still appear to be on hold for now, with a spokesperson for the Public Health Department confirming to the Hong Kong Free Press that it would not consider the idea of distributing testing kits, saying that “[t]here were no details and it was too soon to issue such a directive.”
The spokesperson also said that the department will take into account the social and economic impact of the free tests and consult with experts.
The spokesperson also clarified that while the free coronavirus testing kits are not needed during the current period, schools will be permitted to distribute them to students as a temporary measure.
In other words, the free tests will not be distributed, but a small number of kits will be available if schools want to distribute them to young children as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19.
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February 19, 2020
We hope that a large amount of the population will become infected and infected people spread the virus widely if necessary. However, this is a good suggestion and the school is supposed to not distribute free coronavirus tests to children. We still hope the Hong Kong government will have a detailed report on the implementation of the recommendations by the experts’ panel about the prevention and the treatment of COVID-19. We are also concerned that there may be a shortage of personal protective equipment in some hospitals for the public health authorities and it is not clear if they have enough resources to treat all infected people and keep them in isolation and if they have enough resources to provide ventilators