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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

577k vaccine doses given

About 577,200 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 487,000 people receiving their first dose and about 90,200 people getting their second dose.   Among those receiving the first dose of vaccines, about 330,400 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 156,600 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 83,100 people have received the Sinovac vaccine while about 7,100 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 2,900 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,600 people received the jab at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 300 were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 6,600 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 5,200 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,400 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 5,200 people received their first dose at 21 CVCs and about 6,500 received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs is about 96%, while that of the BioNTech vaccine is about 95%.   As of 8pm, about 2,500 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 12,800 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech vaccine.   As of midnight, one person was sent to hospital.
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