Spending on Covid 19 Related Protocols

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Dear Department of Health,

Could you please advise the amount spent by the HK Govt since January 2020 on the following:

-Covid 19 vaccinations
-Covid 19 masks
-Covid 19 PCR Tests, lab testing and associated manpower
-Government Quarantine Facilities and manpower for Covid 19
-Manpower and testing at HK Airport for Covid 19 preventative measures.

Thanks very much.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Our department has received your application for access to information on
15.9.2021.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before
5.10.2021.  In the meantime, please contact me at 2961 8818 if you have
any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your email dated 15 September 2021.  

We would like to advise you that the overall expenditures on combating
COVID-19 including the items mentioned in your email are not available as
the fight against the epidemic is still going on.   The manpower
requirements arising from the COVID-19 pandemic will be absorbed by the
existing manpower in the relevant Government bureaux / departments and
supported by time-limited non-civil service contract/ post-retirement
service contract staff as necessary.  The manpower and expenditure
concerned are subsumed under the overall estimated establishment and
expenditure of relevant Government bureaux/ departments and cannot be
separately quantified.  

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

I appreciate that manpower costs may be absorbed into different depts, however, costs that are unrelated to manpower ie vaccines, masks, PCR tests, construction of quarantine centres etc have an absolute cost. Can you please provide this information on the amount of money spent on these items from the beginning of 2020 until now.

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Our department has received your application for access to information on
5.10.2021.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before
25.10.2021.  In the meantime, please contact me at 2961 8818 if you have
any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health's handling of my FOI request 'Spending on Covid 19 Related Protocols'.

I have not yet received a reply (now 10 days overdue)- please reply ASAP.

Many thanks

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/spendin...

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

I refer to your email dated 15.10.2021 as attached below.

Our reply dated 12.10.2021 in response to your email of of 5.10.2021 is
resent for your information.  According to paragraph 1.16 of the Code on
Access to Information, our department will inform you of the latest
progress of the case separately on or before 25.10.2021.  In the meantime,
please contact me at 2961 8818 if you have any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Allyson van de Pol,

        I refer to your request for a review of our reply dated 5.10.2021,
which we acknowledged receipt on 12.10.2021.

2.        Please be informed that your request for review is still under
processing.  According to paragraph 1.18 and 1.25 of the Code on Access to
Information, our department will inform you of the review result
separately.  In the meantime, please contact me at 2961 8818 if you have
any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health's handling of my FOI request 'Spending on Covid 19 Related Protocols'.

I am asking for the spending of taxpayers' money to date. I presume that you keep such information?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://accessinfo.hk/en/request/spendin...

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

        I refer to your email of 5 October 2021 requesting an internal
review of our earlier decision in respect of your request made on 15
September 2021 pursuant to the Code on Access to Information (“the Code”).
  We have, in accordance with the established procedures and guidelines,
conducted an internal review and critically examined and considered your
request under the Code.  I am authorised to give a reply below.

2.        After review, we conclude that the information requested for
masks would be provided.  The total expenditures incurred by the
Department of Health on the procurement of masks, including N95
respirators, from January 2020 to end of September 2021 is around $8
million.  As regards Government quarantine facilities for COVID-19, please
note that according to the information provided by the Development Bureau,
the expenditure for construction of quarantine camps, excluding the
furniture and equipment cost, since the beginning of 2020 is around $2,700
million.

3.        As regards information relating to COVID-19 vaccinations, we are
unable to provide the requested information pursuant to paragraph 2.16 of
the Code since the disclosure of such information would harm the
competitive or financial position of any person.  

4.         We are also unable to provide the requested information on
COVID-19 PCR tests (including the testing at the Hong Kong International
Airport) according to paragraph 2.9(a) of the Code.  Since the fight
against the epidemic is still going on and PCR tests continue to be
conducted, disclosure of the amount spent on PCR tests would harm or
prejudice negotiations, commercial or contractual activities in the
procurement of service in conducting PCR tests.

5.        We hope you will appreciate that we have endeavoured to provide
all the information which are readily available and can be released.  If
you are not satisfied with the decision, you may lodge a complaint to The
Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s address is –
        30/F, China Merchants Tower,
        Shun Tak Centre
        168-200 Connaught Road Central
        Hong Kong
        Telephone: 2629 0555
        Fax: 2882 8149

6.        Please contact me at 2961 8593 if you have any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,
Ms Sonia TAM
Senior Treasury Accountant(2)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Thanks very much for your replies.

May I ask two further questions?

Is the spending on these anti-covid measures paid for by the Hong Kong treasury or is it subsidised from elsewhere? If from elsewhere please advise who is funding?

Could you please explain to me why the disclosure of the spending on vaccines 'would harm the
competitive or financial position of any person'?

Thanks again for your help

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Our department has received your application for access to information on
22.11.2021.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before
10.12.2021.  In the meantime, please contact me at 2961 8818 if you have
any enquiry.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you!

Yours faithfully,

Allyson van de Pol

Dear Allyson van de Pol,

Thank you for your further questions on 22 November 2021. Please find our
reply as below:

(1) The spending on these anti-epidemic measures are paid by the
Government.    

(2) The disclosure of commercially sensitive information such as the
spending on vaccines would harm the commercial confidences of tenderers or
of the Government.  
Yours sincerely,
Miss Jenny YEUNG
EO(PB)
Finance and Supplies Office
Department of Health

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