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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

615k vaccine doses administered

About 615,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 502,500 people receiving their first dose and about 113,000 people getting their second dose.   Among those receiving the first dose of vaccines, about 333,100 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 169,400 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 89,300 people have received the Sinovac vaccine while about 23,700 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 2,700 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   Among them, about 2,300 people received the jab at eight community vaccination centres (CVCs), while about 400 were inoculated at private doctors and clinics participating in the programme.   Around 6,200 people received their second dose of the Sinovac vaccine today, including about 4,900 people vaccinated at CVCs and about 1,300 people through private doctors and clinics.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 12,800 people received their first dose at 21 CVCs and about 16,500 received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at CVCs and that of the BioNTech vaccine are both about 96%.   As of 8pm, about 2,500 people had reserved their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 11,600 had reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech vaccine.   As of midnight, five people were sent to hospital.
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