HKUST PPOL Newsletter Spring 2023

HKUST PPOL | Newsletter Spring 2023 23 Research Showcase Matus, K., Sharif, N., Li, A., Cai, Z., Lee, W. H., & Song, M. (2023). From SARS to COVID-19: the Role of Experience and Experts in Hong Kong’s Initial Policy Response to an Emerging Pandemic. made under the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic outbreak in Hong Kong, at a time when trust in the Hong Kong government by Hong Kong people has hit an all-time low this research investigates the evolution of Hong Kong’s science advisory mechanisms for public health from before SARS, after SARS, and during COVID-19 in 2020, including the roles of key organizations and departments, the establishment of new centers his paper studies how scientific advice was offered and how public health decisions were T and committees, and the creation of workgroups and expert advisory panels. This paper compares and analyses the reasons behind these differences in science advisory mechanisms between SARS and COVID-19. The findings from this research reinforce the unquestionable need for robust science advisory structures and knowledgeable scientific experts to solve health-related crises, though more research is required to understand the ways in which science advice influences both policy decisions and public acceptance of these policies. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, 10(1), 1-16. Four formal workgroups along with an informal expert advisory group report to the steering committee and command centre, created and led by the Chief Executive.