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Restoring WTO dispute system urged

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau called on World Trade Organization (WTO) members to support the restoration of a fully functioning dispute settlement system during the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.   At a meeting on dispute settlement reform, Mr Yau said the dispute settlement system has functioned as a cornerstone of global trade, creating stability and predictability. He added that to have a well-functioning system restored this year, as was mandated at MC12, would serve the interests of all WTO members and of the global business community.   He stressed that Hong Kong, China has been involved in every stage of the reform process in relation to dispute settlement and will continue its active participation.   Speaking at another meeting, on development, Mr Yau said that the Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement is a very much a pro-development agreement.   He highligh

2.02m vaccine doses given

About 2,026,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,202,400 people receiving their first dose and about 824,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 517,900 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 684,500 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 378,800 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 445,300 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 2,800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 1,900 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.    For the BioNTech vaccine, about 6,000 people received their first dose at community vaccination centres (CVCs) and about 5,500 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is about 95%, the same as for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 3,300 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 7,100 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 15 people were sent to hospitals.
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