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Singapore Begins Covid Vaccinations as One of Asia’s First


(#Bloomberg) — #Singapore started its planned vaccination exercise with a group of health care workers getting the first shots, making the city-state one of the first countries in #Asia to begin protecting its population from the coronavirus.

The first healthcare worker vaccinated was a 46-year-old senior staff nurse who carries out screening for suspect #Covid-19 cases, according to a statement on #Wednesday from #Singapore’s health ministry. #More than 30 workers will be vaccinated today.

#Singapore is now one of the first countries in #Asia to kick off inoculation efforts against the virus, which has infected more than 80 million people around the world and killed close to 1.8 million. The U.K. started the #Western world’s earliest vaccination program with a 91-year-old woman earlier this month.

“The vaccine is key to living in a COVID-19 world, but it will still be some time before this storm will pass,” #Prime #Minister #Lee #Hsien #Loong said in a #Facebook post.

#China said this month it has already administered more than 1 million coronavirus vaccines since #July and plans to distribute more, initially targeting workers in industries where they’re at higher risk of infection.

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#In #Singapore, which this week eased measures to curb the spread of the virus, the government has moved quickly since approving the use of #Pfizer #Inc. and #BioNTech SE’s vaccine. The vaccinations are starting with health care workers, while the elderly, beginning with those aged 70 and above, are set to get their shots from #February.

“Vaccination brings new hope to control the virus in the year ahead,” #Coordinating #Minister for #National #Security #Teo #Chee #Hean said in a separate #Facebook post. #Singapore’s “paramount consideration is to keep things well under control during the coming months, so that we are in a strong position to further open up as other countries bring their COVID situation under better control through public health measures and vaccination.”

The city-state has set aside more than S$1 billion ($755 million) for vaccines and said there should be enough for its population of about 5.5 million people by the third quarter. #It has recorded more than 58,500 cases of the virus and 29 deaths.

#Contact editor #Yang #Ge ([email protected])

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