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July goods exports up 20.1%

The volume of Hong Kong's total goods exports increased 20.1% year-on-year in July, the Census & Statistics Department announced today.   The volume of goods imports for the month rose 19.5% over July 2020.   Prices of goods exports and imports increased 5.6% and 5.5% year-on-year for the month.   On a seasonally adjusted basis, the volume of goods exports fell 5.3% in the three-month period ending July compared with the preceding three months, while the volume of goods imports decreased 0.8%.   Comparing the first seven months of the year with the same period in 2020, the volume of goods exports rose 25.3%, while that of goods imports increased 22.7%.   Prices of goods exports for the period increased 3.4%, while that of goods imports rose 3.3%. http://dlvr.it/S7hMTp

Public urged to get vaccinated

(To watch the full press briefing with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Under Secretary for Food & Health Dr Chui Tak-yi today called on the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, as the pandemic situation in various places continues to fluctuate and mutant strains are still rampant.    At a press briefing this afternoon, Dr Chui said the Government has followed science-based recommendations in launching the vaccination programme and the use of the two types of vaccines.   “Since the launch of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, I think the Government has emphasised time and again that we are launching the programme based on scientific information.   “So we rely on the recommendation of the Advisory Panel on COVID-19 Vaccines and also the joint scientific committee on screening all the information available in the literature, on research and also information provided by the manufacturers.   “We have to have confidence and we would like to convince the public to have confidence in the scientific data.   “And the Government is also using the scientific data to convince the public to get the COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.”   He added that the Government will issue an update on the monitoring of COVID-19 vaccinations in the form of a press release every Wednesday so the public will have the latest information.
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