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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

422k BioNTech jabs arrive

The latest shipment of about 422,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine, filled and finished at a plant in Baxter, Germany, arrived in Hong Kong today as arranged by Fosun Pharma.   In this shipment, 134,550 doses are packaged in six-dose vials while the rest are in five-dose vials.   The Secretary for Food & Health has approved the revised information on product labels, the package insert and patient information. The Department of Health will arrange a briefing on the updates for all community vaccination centre operators.   Staff carried out stringent checks and inspections to ensure the vaccine complies with the product specifications and that the transportation process followed the relevant cold-chain requirements.   The Government will put the vaccine in validated ultra-low temperature freezers to ensure its proper storage in accordance with the temperature specified by the drug manufacturer.
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