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Early vaccination for toddlers urged

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Secretary for the Civil Service Ingrid Yeung urged parents to arrange COVID-19 vaccination for their children as soon as possible given that those aged from six months to three years may receive the Sinovac vaccine from today.   Mrs Yeung visited a kindergarten and child care centre in To Kwa Wan this morning to view the outreach vaccination service for pupils.   It is the first premises having children vaccinated through the outreach service after the minimum age for receiving the vaccine was lowered to six months old.   She then inspected a community vaccination centre (CVC) in Kwun Tong, where about 15 toddlers aged under three received their jab.   Meeting the media after her To Kwa Wan visit, Mrs Yeung said that 150 parents made appointments for their children aged from six months to three years to get the Sinovac jab in the first half hour after the online booking system started to accept vaccination bookings for this age group.   Parents or guardians must accompany the

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Mainland study scheme opens

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The Mainland University Study Subsidy Scheme 2022/23 is open for applications from Hong Kong students until September 30, the Education Bureau announced today.   Covering 191 designated Mainland institutions, including 129 institutions participating in the 2022/23 Scheme for Admission of Hong Kong Students to Mainland Higher Education Institutions, the scheme benefits most local students with different financial needs who pursue undergraduate studies in the Mainland.   While the scheme is not subject to a quota, applicants may only receive either a means-tested subsidy or a non-means-tested subsidy in the same academic year.   The subsidy is granted on a yearly basis and the subsidised period covers the normal duration of the undergraduate programme pursued by the student concerned in the designated Mainland institution.   Eligible students may enrol online or by post. The application result is expected to be released by the first quarter of 2023. http://dlvr.it/SVrSc8

Growth forecast cut unavoidable: FS

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan today said Hong Kong’s economic growth forecast for this year will likely be adjusted downwards, citing the worsening external economic situation arising from the recent interest rate rise.   The US Federal Reserve raised the interest rate by 75 basis points. In Hong Kong, following this upward adjustment in the target range for the US federal funds rate, the Monetary Authority announced that the Base Rate was adjusted upward to 2.75% with immediate effect according to a pre-set formula.   Meeting the media today, Mr Chan said: “The increase in (the) US interest rate, under Hong Kong’s Linked Exchange Rate System, will impact our interest rate. Over the past two months, you have seen the interbank interest rate rise, although the prime rate remains intact.   “The rate and the magnitude of increase in the interest rate depends very much on the liquidity in the market and also the liquidity of individual banks.   “At the moment, we estimate that unde

Hong Kong Science Park's company has secured USD 15M in Series B round .

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Huge Congratulations! FreeD Group has secured USD 15M in Series B round to expand beyond Hong Kong!  Looking after your customers is everything . FreeD Group enhances the interaction between consumers and brands via its award-winning, proprietary AI-driven smart commerce and smart merchandising solutions.  Named the Tech Pioneer 2022 by World Economic Forum , FreeD Group has helped global companies, including Samsung Electronics and Marriott International, to develop their SuperApp experience and benefit from the extensive partner network of FreeD Group.  At HKSTP, we are so proud to be their springboard to the world. Check out their story on Forbes: bit.ly/3axq83P    Follow our page to get the latest tech news in Hong Kong!  More Information :  https://www.hkstp.org/what-we-offer/funding-capital-overview/

HKSTP Partner Company Incubatee PointFit Technology won the grand prize of ASICS Accelerator

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Good things come to those who sweat. Our Incubatee PointFit Technology has just won the grand prize of ASICS Accelerator!   Congratulations to the team for winning this global accelerator! The research is 100% Hong Kong. #TeamHongKong   #HKUST   (Co-Founder & CEO) Kenny Oktavius   (Co-Founder & COO) Jack Chen   (Co-Founder & CTO) Reno Adley Prawoto  (Co-Founder) Prof Ping Gao  PointFit Sweat Sensor is an ultra-thin skin patch that tracks your health condition through sweat biomarkers and transmits it to your mobile app in real-time.  Following the accelerator, Point Fit will work closely with ASICS Corporation to integrate its patented and peer-reviewed one-of-a-kind membrane technology into ASICS products.  Drop a ❤️ or 👍🏻 below to support Hong Kong's innovation. They are now ready to disrupt the health monitoring landscape and make ASICS a leader in the smart-sportswear market.  Learn more: bit.ly/3z32mVq   Follow HKSTP - Hong Kong Science and Technolo

HKSTP Park Company Eurekabio has raised an RMB 100M+ Series B round to advance its automated cell processing platform .

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Congratulations! Eurekabio has raised an RMB 100M+ Series B round to advance its automated cell processing platform and the lentiviral vector production system developed by their team based at our Park.   Millions of people globally are suffering from different type of cancers. Our park company, Eurekabio, specialises in manufacturing supplies and platform for Cell and Gene Therapies (CGT).   Thank you Eurekabio for playing a pivotal role in accelerating the development of CGT through automation - Standardising cell processing procedures - Increasing efficiency - Reducing human error and contamination   Learn more: https://lnkd.in/gEGmc7Vz   Follow our page for more fundraising news happening in our thriving ecosystem. More Information : https://www.hkstp.org/what-we-offer/institute-for-translational-research-overview/

Taxis to quarantine hotels launched

The Government announced that in addition to the enhancement of the existing free point-to-point transport service, it launched a self-paid taxi service today for inbound travellers to take to designated quarantine hotels (DQHs) from Hong Kong International Airport.   It said with an increasing number of people arriving in Hong Kong from overseas, the demand for point-to-point transport services from the airport to DQHs keeps rising.   The Health Bureau requested the operator of the free point-to-point transport service to suitably adjust the coach schedule and routes taking into account the number and distribution of DQHs as well as the number of arrivals.   As the number of DQHs doubled to nearly 70 in the past four months, the number of free designated transport service routes from the airport to DQHs had increased to 18 since early July.   Each route covers three to five hotels and the travelling time of each trip is under two hours. Clear signage showing the routes and the