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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

835k vaccine doses given

About 834,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 578,900 people receiving their first dose and about 255,900 people getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 348,600 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 230,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 146,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 109,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 2,500 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,300 people received the jab at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 200 were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 8,800 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 8,300 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 500 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 16,500 people received their first dose at 21 CVCs and about 15,400 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at eight CVCs is 97%, while that of the BioNTech vaccine at 21 CVCs is about 96%.   As of 8pm, about 1,800 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,500 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech one.   As of midnight, 13 people were sent to hospital.
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