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It is a pleasure to be here with you today, especially after an accident that has reminded me of the importance of staying vigilant even in relatively peaceful times. Continuously enhancing competitiveness despite good business is also a theme I wish to harp on in today's speech.   Some of you may recall that I last spoke to you in November 2018. That was into the second year of my tenure, witnessing the celebration of the 40th anniversary of our nation's reform and opening up, and the consecutive opening of two major pieces of cross-boundary transport infrastructure - the Hong Kong section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. All seemed bright and well. And then we all have some frightening memories of what Hong Kong had gone through in the following two years. Few would disagree that it has been a very challenging period for Hong Kong, particularly with the riots in the latter half of 2019 during which some banks were

3.18m vaccine jabs administered

About 3,182,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,916,300 people receiving their first dose and around 1,266,200 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 836,600 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 1,079,800 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 522,000 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 744,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 12,100 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 5,700 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 21,200 people received their first dose and about 12,500 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, while it is 98% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 6,200 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 17,200 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 16 people were sent to hospitals.
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