The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been threatening the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities, and nations. During the pandemic, medical experts bear a critical responsibility to 1) create knowledge about the communicable disease and its spread, and 2) suggest policies to safeguard public health.

To facilitate knowledge sharing on COVID-19, Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (HKSH) leveraged its well-established Li Shu Pui Symposium to gather public health scholars and medical doctors for exploring various themes on COVID-19 in early September 2021.

Topics ranging from science-based research such as molecular diagnosis of COVID-19, Genomic Sequencing Applications in COVID-19 and HKSH’s study on Antibody Response to Vaccines, to clinical observations like medical advice from family or respiratory physicians and screening for vaccine allergy. Top specialists in Family Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Immunology & Allergy, Pathology and Infectious Disease were invited to speak at the Symposium.

Furthermore, HKSH was most honored to have Prof. YUEN Kwok Yung, Chair of Infectious Diseases, The University of Hong Kong (HKU)’s Department of Microbiology and Prof. Ivan HUNG, Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean (Admissions), HKU’s Department of Medicine deliver keynote speeches.

Prof. YUEN shared his research on SARS and COVID-19 which have been published in The Lancet. He also highlighted that with the impact of new variants, mass vaccination is no longer able to achieve herd immunity but to prevent death and severe illness. Prof. HUNG focused on the vaccination efforts both locally and globally and discussed extensively the reasons for vaccination, types of vaccines and when to get vaccinated.

The two Deputy Medical Superintendents of the Hospital, Dr. Joseph CHAN and Dr. Raymond YUNG contributed presentations in the Symposium as well. They talked about the infection control strategies in HKSH, which included high level of vigilance and preparedness of the entire hospital, the emergency response protocol, precautionary measures for patients during their visits, and enhancement of in-hospital facilities to cope with the pandemic. They also showcased the proven capabilities of the Hospital in safeguarding public health against the COVID-19 pandemic, e.g. offering COVID-19 PCR Test, COVID-19 Serology Antibody Test as well as serving as the Government’s designated Community Vaccination Centres.

Going forward, HKSH will continue to create opportunities for knowledge exchange on COVID-19 with local and international medical experts and practitioners with a view to generating scientifically-grounded insights and solutions for fighting the pandemic.