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CE starts Chengdu visit

Chief Executive Carrie Lam today held bilateral meetings in Chengdu with the leaders of a number of provinces and a region.   The leaders were in the Sichuan capital to prepare for attending the 2021 Pan-Pearl River Delta (PPRD) Regional Co-operation Chief Executive Joint Conference.   The meetings followed Mrs Lam’s hosting of the High-level Meeting & the Second Plenary Session of the Hong Kong/Sichuan Co-operation Conference with the Sichuan leaders this morning.   The Chief Executive first met Hainan Governor Feng Fei who she was pleased to meet again after the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in April.   Noting that Hainan is developing into a free trade port under the support of the central authorities, Mrs Lam said Hong Kong is willing to share its experience with the province in opening up and she wishes to seize the opportunities brought by the establishment of a free trade port in Hainan.   She thanked the province for agreeing to provide internship opportun

1m people get 1st COVID-19 jab

The number of people who have received their first vaccine dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme has exceeded one million, the Government announced today.   The figure accounts for around 15% of the population aged 16 or above and eligible to get vaccinated through the programme.   About 1,593,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,005,400 people receiving their first dose and about 588,100 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 457,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 547,700 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 327,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 260,500 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 5,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,600 people received the jab at community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 3,000 people were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 2,900 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 1,800 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,100 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 10,000 people received their first dose at CVCs and about 12,200 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is 96%, while it is 97% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 3,800 people had booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 12,500 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, nine people were sent to hospitals.
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