Sophia needed her time out

Central Station | 4 May 2021

It could be health chief Sophia Chan Siu-chee is feeling the effects of being a leader in battles against Covid-19 for over 16 months. Or perhaps her May Day celebrations were just too much.

Whatever, she was snoozing yesterday at the annual Hospital Authority gathering at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Chan was on stage for the opening ceremony alongside Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, authority chairman Henry Fan Hung-ling and chief executive Tony Ko Pat-sing.

Then came the first plenary session on Covid-19 control and policies.

But she needed a time out as medical luminaries including Zhong Nanshan, director of the National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease, Yuen Kwok-yung, head of the Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong, and David Hui Shu-cheong, an infectious diseases and respiratory chair at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, shared experiences in combating the coronavirus.

She dozed off for almost 30 minutes, leaning back in her chair and folding her arms then snapping awake as the worthies finished talking.

It's not the first time she's grabbed 40 winks in public. She did so during the budget delivery by financial chief Paul Chan Mo-po in February. But so did several others.

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