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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

Outreach jab service in place

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive Carrie Lam today said the Government is enhancing its COVID-19 vaccination service by reaching out to companies to offer on-site vaccination for their employees.   “From today onwards, we are even reaching out to major companies which have a suitable venue for them to assemble their staff, say up to 150 or 200.   “We will send a medical team to provide vaccination to the staff on-site.”   She added that Hong Kong has an ample supply of COVID-19 vaccines, along with a robust network of vaccination centres to serve citizens.   Mrs Lam also noted that recent editorials mentioned that vaccination is a key way of helping society combat COVID-19.   “I am very pleased to read at least two editorials this morning, one in Chinese saying that since we are approaching zero infections, let us do more on vaccination. I think that is an appeal to the people. And then in an English newspaper, it said in light of the Taiwan experience, vaccination is the only way out.”
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