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HK marathon gets 'M' Mark

The Major Sports Events Committee today announced that it has awarded the "M" Mark status to the 25th Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon to be held on February 12.   The committee's Chairman Wilfred Ng said the event will add colour and vibrancy to Hong Kong, like all other "M" Mark events.   “The 'M' Mark events showcase Hong Kong's capability to host world-class events and enhance Hong Kong's position as a centre for major international sports activities.   “These events also allow the general public to enjoy and participate in high-level competitions and nurture a sustainable sporting culture in the community,” he added.   Launched in 2004, the "M" Mark system aims to help local national sports associations organise more major international sports events and nurture them into sustainable undertakings. http://dlvr.it/Sj0HBF

Public urged to get vaccinated

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Under Secretary for Food & Health Dr Chui Tak-yi today called on the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, as the pandemic situation in various places continues to fluctuate and mutant strains are still rampant.    At a press briefing this afternoon, Dr Chui said the Government has followed science-based recommendations in launching the vaccination programme and the use of the two types of vaccines.   “Since the launch of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, I think the Government has emphasised time and again that we are launching the programme based on scientific information.   “So we rely on the recommendation of the Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines and also the joint scientific committee on screening all the information available in the literature, on research and also information provided by the manufacturers.   “We have to have confidence and we would like to convince the public to have confidence in the scientific data.   “And the Government is also using the scientific data to convince the public to get the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.”   He added that the Government will issue an update on the monitoring of COVID-19 vaccinations in the form of a press release every Wednesday so the public will have the latest information.
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