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Artificial island study set

The Government today awarded a consultancy agreement for the study on the artificial islands in the Central Waters to Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong with a contract value of about $220 million.   The Civil Engineering & Development Department said the agreement mainly comprises a detailed planning and engineering study for the 1,000-hectare artificial islands around Kau Yi Chau.   There will also be a feasibility study on the priority road link and the priority rail link connecting the artificial islands.   The study is scheduled to start tomorrow for completion within 42 months.   The artificial islands in the Central Waters is one of the initiatives to increase land supply under the Lantau Tomorrow Vision announced by the Chief Executive in her 2018 Policy Address.   The drive aims to alleviate the acute shortage of land in the medium-to-long run, and to meet Hong Kong’s long-term housing, social and economic development needs. http://dlvr.it/S1lyqs

1.92m COVID-19 jabs given

About 1,926,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,154,000 people receiving their first dose and about 772,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 502,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 652,000 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 364,000 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 408,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 4,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,800 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 1,300 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 4,300 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 2,700 vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,600 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 11,700 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 17,400 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs and that of the BioNTech vaccine are both about 96%.   As of 8pm, about 3,000 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,100 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 12 people were sent to hospitals.
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