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Restoring WTO dispute system urged

Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development Algernon Yau called on World Trade Organization (WTO) members to support the restoration of a fully functioning dispute settlement system during the 13th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC13) in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, yesterday.   At a meeting on dispute settlement reform, Mr Yau said the dispute settlement system has functioned as a cornerstone of global trade, creating stability and predictability. He added that to have a well-functioning system restored this year, as was mandated at MC12, would serve the interests of all WTO members and of the global business community.   He stressed that Hong Kong, China has been involved in every stage of the reform process in relation to dispute settlement and will continue its active participation.   Speaking at another meeting, on development, Mr Yau said that the Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement is a very much a pro-development agreement.   He highligh

2.63m COVID-19 jabs given

About 2,637,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,528,100 people receiving their first dose and about 1,109,400 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 663,800 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 864,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 467,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 642,200 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 9,200 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 4,100 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 15,300 people received their first dose and about 10,600 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while that of people who received the BioNTech one is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 10,200 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 18,600 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 14 people were sent to hospitals.
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