Singapore on Wednesday began vaccinating healthcare workers with Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, launching one of Asia’s first vaccination programs against a pandemic that killed more than 1.7 million people worldwide.
Sarah Lim, a 46-year-old nurse, and 43-year-old infectious disease doctor Kalisvar Marimuthu were among more than 30 National Center for Infectious Diseases staff who were vaccinated on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health said.
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“Vaccines have managed to bring pandemics to their knees before, so I hope this vaccine will do the same,” Marimuthu said in recorded health department comments.
Singapore is the first country in Asia to approve the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. It has also signed pre-purchase agreements and made prepayments for several other vaccine candidates, including those developed by Moderna and Sinovac.
It is expected that there will be enough vaccine doses for all 5.7 million people by the third quarter of 2021.
Singapore acted quickly after the first cases of the virus were reported, and although it has been blinded by tens of thousands of infections in migrant workers’ dormitories, it has only reported a handful of new local cases in recent months. The country has one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. Only 29 people have died from the virus.
To show that the vaccine is safe, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, 68, said he and his colleagues would be among the first to receive the gunshots. They will be free and voluntary, but the government is encouraging all medically qualified residents to take them.
Wednesday’s vaccinations mark “a new chapter in our fight against the pandemic,” Lee said in a Facebook post. “The vaccine is key to living in a COVID-19 world, but it will be some time before this storm is over.”
As part of an emergency program launched in July, China is vaccinating certain groups of people who are at high risk of infection, such as: B. Medical workers and border inspectors. The vaccines are still in late-stage clinical trials.
In Japan and South Korea, the U.S. military has embarked on its first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations, putting frontline medical professionals first.
Some Filipino soldiers and ministers have already received COVID-19 vaccine injections prior to regulatory approval.
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