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Policy Address measures highlighted

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Edward Yau today briefed members of the Trade & Industry Advisory Board on initiatives related to commerce and trade in the 2021 Policy Address.   Mr Yau said the Policy Address focuses on integration into national development and states that the developments of Hong Kong and the nation are closely related.   While the nation is the major growth engine and driving force for the global economy, the 14th Five-Year Plan, the Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the Qianhai plan, the economic development pattern of not only greater domestic circulation but also domestic and international dual circulation, as well as the Belt & Road Initiative have brought unlimited opportunities for enterprises and professional services providers in Hong Kong.   The city must seize these opportunities and leverage its advantages, Mr Yau noted.   During the meeting, the commerce chief stressed that Hong

400k people inoculated

Around 403,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19, with about 252,800 receiving their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and about 150,200 their first dose of the BioNTech jab, the Government announced.   About 23,400 people received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today. Among them, around 9,000 received the Sinovac vaccine and about 14,400 the BioNTech one.   The overall percentage of people who have received the Sinovac vaccine at eight community vaccination centres is about 80%, while around 96% have received the BioNTech jab at 19 centres.   As of 8pm today, about 5,600 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online in the past 24 hours, while about 11,100 had reserved the BioNTech vaccine.   As of midnight, 20 people were sent to the hospital for treatment.
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