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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

7.96m jab doses given

About 7,967,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,284,900 people receiving their first dose and around 3,682,600 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,558,900 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,726,000 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,363,100 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,319,500 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 39,900 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 4,400 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 9,200 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 7,700 people received their first dose and around 18,700 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, while it is about 96% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 1,400 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 6,600 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, nine people were sent to hospitals.
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