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CE meets Singaporean Deputy PM

Chief Executive John Lee today met visiting Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies of Singapore Heng Swee Keat.   Mr Lee said he was pleased to see Mr Heng in Hong Kong after they previously met in July last year, when Mr Lee visited Singapore.   He said Singapore has consistently been Hong Kong’s largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, with bilateral trade in goods between the two places in 2023 amounting to $394.7 billion.   He added that Hong Kong will continue to make every effort to strengthen multifaceted co-operation with Singapore, in particular in relation to the green and digital sectors, as well as in other emerging industries.       Mr Lee also thanked Singapore for its ongoing support for Hong Kong’s early accession to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which he said will pave the way for greater contributions to regional co-operation and create added impetus for growth in Hong Kong.  

2.68m vaccine jabs administered

About 2,679,600 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 1,557,500 people receiving their first dose and about 1,122,100 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 677,900 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 879,500 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 472,200 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 649,900 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 14,100 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 5,000 people received their second dose under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 15,200 people received their first dose and about 7,700 people received their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 96%, while for the BioNTech one it is 97%.   As of 8pm, about 12,500 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 23,400 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, nine people were sent to hospitals.

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