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8.4m jab doses given

About 8,405,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,412,500 people receiving their first dose and around 3,992,500 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,600,300 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,812,300 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,455,600 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,536,900 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 24,900 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 3,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 6,900 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 4,300 people received their first dose and around 10,500 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96% while it is about 91% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, ab

Students triumph at int’l contests

Two teams of Hong Kong students have achieved excellent results at the 51st International Physics Olympiad and the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad.   The International Physics Olympiad, organised by Vilnius, Lithuania, was held from July 17 to 24 with around 370 students from 76 countries or regions taking part. The Hong Kong team won three gold and two silver medals.   The gold medallists were Chan Tsz-chun from International Christian Quality Music Secondary & Primary School, Cheng Yat-long from Raimondi College and Lau Sze-chun from Diocesan Boys' School. While Choi Wai-ching from La Salle College and Leung Chun-fung from GT (Ellen Yeung) College won silver.   The International Physics Olympiad, hosted by St Petersburg, Russia, was held from July 14 to 24 with the participation of around 619 students from 107 countries or regions. The Hong Kong team won one gold, three silver and one bronze medal.   Chui Tsz-fung from Diocesan Boys' School won the gold medal while Chu Cheuk-hei from St Paul's Co-educational College, Harris Leung from Diocesan Boys' School and Timothy Yau from Ying Wa College scored the silver medals. The bronze medal went to Lai Wai-lok from St Paul's Co-educational College.   Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung congratulated the Hong Kong teams on their outstanding performance in the competitions.   “The remarkable results attained by the Hong Kong teams in the international competitions not only fully showcase the talents of students in physics and mathematics, but also demonstrate their problem-solving skills and high level of creativity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).   “The Government has been striving to promote STEM education and to nurture diverse innovation and technology talents for Hong Kong. It is also important for students to seize the opportunities of Hong Kong's integration into national development and establish an international perspective, thereby maximising their potential.”   Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the contestants participated in the competitions under online monitoring and joined virtual activities.
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