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Govt to enhance securities trading

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

8.74m COVID-19 jabs given

About 8,745,400 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 4,512,400 people receiving their first dose and around 4,233,000 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,637,000 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,875,400 people got the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,534,700 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 2,698,300 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 17,600 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Around 2,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 6,000 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 2,900 people received their first dose and around 6,200 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 midnight, four people were sent to hospital.

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