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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Feb. 21

22 Feb 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

HONG KONG -- Matthew Cheung, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government, said on Sunday that the arrival of the first batch of mainland-manufactured COVID-19 vaccines in Hong Kong will not only strengthen Hong Kong's anti-epidemic work, but also help people to return to normal life.

Cheung said in his blog that the central government attached great importance to Hong Kong's epidemic situation and cared deeply about Hong Kong people's health. The first batch of 1 million doses of vaccines produced by Sinovac Biotech arrived in Hong Kong from Beijing on Friday marked a new milestone in Hong Kong's fighting against COVID-19.

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TRIPOLI -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday expressed concern over the arbitrary detention of a young Libyan woman in western Libya.

"UNSMIL is deeply concerned for the safety of Widad Al Shergi, a young Libyan woman who was arbitrarily detained in front of Zawiya court, west of Tripoli, on 31 January, allegedly by an armed group. Her family has had no contact with her since 2 February," the agency said in a statement.

"This incident blatantly undermines the rule of law and human rights in Libya," the mission said, calling for her "immediate and unconditional release."

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BOGOTA -- Colombian President Ivan Duque on Saturday welcomed the arrival of the first batch of vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which will be "deployed throughout the national territory."

The president said that the vaccines will be sent to several remote regions of the country, especially to the border departments in the Amazon, to fight the variant of COVID-19 known as P.1.

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