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Balanced approach to curbing virus

(To watch the full media session with sign language interpretation, click here.)   Chief Executive John Lee today said he has asked the Secretary for Health to review the current anti-epidemic measures, aiming to strike a balance between containing the virus spread and reducing the inconvenience to travellers.   Meeting the media this morning before chairing the first meeting of the new-term Executive Council, Mr Lee said the Secretary for Health is considering how the duration of quarantine should be handled.   “I am giving him time to look at the statistics so that he will formulate some options for me to consider.”   At the same time, the Government will strive to keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control and protect those who are more vulnerable to the virus, he noted.   “One of the important measures is to make good use of the polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test so that we can be certain that we will be able to identify those who are infected early, separate

5.85m vaccine jabs administered

About 5,856,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the public, with about 3,330,800 people receiving their first dose and around 2,526,000 getting their second dose.   Among those given the first dose of vaccines, about 1,302,500 people have received the Sinovac jab and about 2,028,300 people have received the BioNTech one.   For the second dose, about 1,013,400 people have received the Sinovac vaccine, while about 1,512,600 people have been administered the BioNTech jab.   About 68,700 people received jabs under the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme today.   About 13,600 people received their first dose of the Sinovac vaccine and around 10,900 people received their second dose.   For the BioNTech vaccine, about 24,700 people received their first dose and around 19,500 people got their second dose.   The overall percentage of people who received the Sinovac vaccine at community vaccination centres is about 97%, while it is about 98% for the BioNTech one.   As of 8pm, about 7,200 people booked their first and second doses of the Sinovac vaccine online, while about 44,600 reserved their first and second doses of the BioNTech jab.   As of midnight, 15 people were sent to hospitals.
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