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FS paves way to green, digital future

A number of initiatives and measures aimed at accelerating high-quality development were announced in today’s 2024-25 Budget, with the Government emphasising a move towards a green future and digitalisation.   Explaining that high-quality development spurs ongoing economic innovation and growth whilst conserving the natural environment, Financial Secretary Paul Chan said Hong Kong must pursue opportunities through leveraging its advantages under “one country, two systems”, namely those of enjoying strong support at a national level and being closely connected to other parts of the world.   He stressed that green development involves huge business opportunities and financing needs, as governments and businesses around the world pursue carbon neutrality and green transformation. In addition, he said digitalisation has become a new driving force for economic development, empowering enterprises to enhance efficiency, boost their competitiveness and achieve new growth.   Introdu

8.31m vaccine doses administered

About 8,316,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,387,300 people receiving their first dose and around 3,928,700 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,593,200 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,794,100 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,437,500 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,491,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 37,500 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 3,800 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 8,200 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 7,300 people received their first dose and around 18,100 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 95% while it is about 90% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 900 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 4,000 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, five people were sent to hospitals.

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