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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

2.63m COVID-19 jabs given

About 2,637,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,528,100 people receiving their first dose and about 1,109,400 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 663,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 864,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 467,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 642,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 9,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,100 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 15,300 people received their first dose and about 10,600 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while that of people who received the BioNTech one is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 10,200 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 18,600 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 14 people were sent to hospitals.
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