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Flu jab booking set

Community vaccination centres (CVCs) in various districts will offer free seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) to Hong Kong residents aged 50 or above when they are there for COVID-19 vaccination starting from October 6.   The Government announced today that eligible people can make reservations for receiving both COVID-19 vaccination and SIV through the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme booking system starting from 9am tomorrow.   They may also choose to receive the free SIV on site when they are receiving the COVID-19 jab starting from October 6.   Given that local seasonal influenza activity has been staying at low levels since February 2020, the overall immunity against influenza in the community is at present relatively low, the Government noted.   As the winter flu season is approaching, citizens are strongly urged to complete the recommended dosage of COVID-19 vaccines and the latest seasonal influenza vaccine as early as possible to obtain better protection in the event of

RMB bond issuance welcomed

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government today welcomed the issuance of offshore renminbi municipal government bonds by the Shenzhen Municipal Government in the city in October.   The bonds to be issued will not exceed RMB5 billion which will be listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.   Noting that this is the first time a municipal government has issued bonds outside the Mainland, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the move further enriches the range of RMB financial products available in Hong Kong’s market, promotes the internationalisation of RMB and strengthens the city's status as the global offshore RMB business hub, as supported by the National 14th Five-Year Plan.   “The issuance showcases Hong Kong as the premier platform facilitating the Mainland to go global, and marks another milestone in the development of financial services in Hong Kong through increasing the breadth and depth of our RMB debt market and enhancing financial co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong."   The bonds will be issued in two-year tenor, three-year tenor and five-year tenor. The three-year and five-year bonds are green bonds.   Financial Secretary Paul Chan said the Shenzhen Municipal Government will make use of Hong Kong’s financing platform and professional services in issuing RMB bonds in the city, thereby promoting bond market development and green and sustainable finance in Hong Kong.   “Hong Kong is a major platform for the allocation of assets by international investors and plays the unique role as the gateway for international capital to access the Mainland. In respect of interest paid or profit received arising from the debt instruments issued in Hong Kong by the Shenzhen Municipal People's Government, we plan to exempt the payment of profits tax."
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