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8.92m vaccine doses administered

About 8,923,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,570,000 people receiving their first dose and around 4,353,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,660,600 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,909,500 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,587,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,766,000 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 9,300 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 1,800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 2,600 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 2,300 people received their first dose and around 2,800 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 90% for the BioNTech one. http://dlvr.it/S9t

CS supports Budget measures

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung today said he strongly supports this year's Budget which provides much-needed relief to the public as well as businesses, and prepares for the post-COVID-19 economic revival.   Mr Cheung made the remarks after the Financial Secretary delivered the 2021-22 Budget, adding that the measures also continue to enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness and invest for the future.   He said: "The economy of Hong Kong has been severely hit and battered in the past year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest, as well as external factors such as tensions between China and the United States.   "This Budget has been drawn up against this very difficult and challenging background.   "The most noteworthy measure in this year's Budget is perhaps the issuance of electronic consumption vouchers worth $5,000 to each eligible Hong Kong permanent resident and new arrival aged 18 or above. This is certainly a stimulant for local consumption and will help energise the local market."   Mr Cheung added that the Budget has also proposed short-term relief measures for the unemployed and placed emphasis on improving people's livelihood.   He firmly believes that the Legislative Council will pass the Appropriation Bill as soon as practicable to pave the way for the city's economic recovery.
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