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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

1st fintech initiatives meeting held

The Coordination Group on Implementation of Fintech Initiatives, chaired by Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Christopher Hui, convened its first meeting today.   During the meeting, representatives of the Government and financial regulators exchanged views on the latest fintech developments with those from the financial services sector, academia and research institutions.   Mr Hui said the group was established to holistically review and supervise the development of fintech in Hong Kong, covering various key areas including collaboration with the Mainland and overseas markets, financial infrastructures, regulatory regimes, cybersecurity, promotion, talent development and other cross-sectoral fintech co-ordination.   It aims to ensure the policy and regulations are proactive enough to promote further development of fintech in the city, he added.   The participants reviewed the overall landscape and development trend of fintech in Hong Kong and beyond. They also exchanged views on various initiatives in place to facilitate the incubation process of fintech products and enterprise financing through fintech, as well as to nurture fintech talent.   On the one-stop platform for fintech innovation supervisory co-operation being built by the Monetary Authority and the People's Bank of China in the form of a network link-up in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the participants noted that the two parties are working closely to finalise the implementation details as soon as possible.   They also learnt about the implementation status of the FinTech Virtual Lab launched by the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation.   In addition, the authority briefed the participants on the implementation progress of the Commercial Data Interchange. The platform has now entered the pilot launch stage and is expected to be officially launched by the end of next year.   As nurturing fintech talent is of particular importance to the development of the sector, representatives of the Financial Services & the Treasury Bureau and Cyberport informed the participants that a new round of the Financial Practitioners FinTech Training Programme would be rolled out soon.   The bureau's representative also reported on the progress of the development of professional qualification standards under the Qualifications Framework for the fintech sector which was put forward in the 2021 Policy Address.   Moreover, the Government and financial regulators reviewed in the meeting the progress in the implementation of various policies and initiatives on promoting fintech development, including the way forward for regulating virtual asset services providers.
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