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The fourth wave of the COVID-19 epidemic has lasted for some time. To our great relief, the number of local confirmed cases has remained at low levels in recent days. The Government's multi-pronged strategy of continuously enhancing our anti-epidemic measures and preventing the importation of cases has proven effective.   Apart from keeping social distancing measures in place and mounting an extensive promotion of testing, we have specifically strengthened the manpower in contact tracing as this is a particularly crucial measure in cutting the chains of viral transmission.   The Department of Health's Contact Tracing Office has redoubled its efforts in speeding up the process of identifying close contacts. Their sterling efforts in contact tracing in the gym cluster last month have significantly helped in suppressing rebounds within a number of days. This was a remarkable success.   For this, I must thank all those who have helped, including some 200 colleagues seconded f

Comirnaty vaccine yet to arrive

The Government today said the Comirnaty vaccine jointly developed by Fosun Pharma and BioNTech cannot be shipped from Germany for arrival in Hong Kong tomorrow.   It was notified by Fosun Pharma that the export procedures for the vaccine have yet to be completed, however, the delay does not involve any issues related to the export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines by the European Union.       The Government added that it has all along been maintaining close liaison with Fosun Pharma to strive for the vaccine’s early supply and has been actively making preparations for its arrival with a target to having the vaccine delivered to Hong Kong in late February.   Fosun Pharma confirmed that the first batch of one million doses of the Comirnaty vaccine to be supplied to Hong Kong has completed production and successfully passed the relevant safety and quality testing.   The first batch of one million doses will be delivered to Hong Kong from Germany via two flights as soon as possible.      The Government added that it will continue to actively follow up with the vaccine supplier to start the administration of the Comirnaty vaccine as soon as possible after it is delivered from BioNTech's production factory in Germany to Hong Kong.
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