Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced on Monday that Singapore has authorised Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine, and the primary photographs can be delivered by the top of December.
“I’m very blissful to let you know that after learning the scientific proof and medical trial information, the Well being Sciences Authority has authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for pandemic use,” Lee mentioned in his tackle to the nation on Monday. The choice makes Singapore one of many first international locations to acquire the vaccine.
The primary cargo of the vaccine is anticipated to be delivered by the top of the yr, whereas vaccines from different producers might arrive within the coming months.
There can be sufficient jabs for everybody within the city-state of 5.7 million by the third quarter of the subsequent yr, and the vaccines developed by US pharmaceutical large Pfizer and German agency BioNTech can be free for all Singaporeans and long-term residents, Lee mentioned.
Healthcare and frontline staff, the aged and weak teams can be vaccinated first.
The PM and different officers can even be amongst early recipients. “That is to indicate you, particularly seniors like me, that we imagine the vaccines are protected,” Lee defined.
Later, a committee of medical doctors and specialists suggest to “progressively vaccinate” the remainder of the inhabitants, and to “cowl everybody who desires a vaccination by the top of subsequent yr.” The vaccinations are voluntary, however the prime minister urged folks to take part in this system: “The extra of us are vaccinated, the tougher it will likely be for the virus to unfold, and the safer we are going to all be as a society.”
Singapore’s Part 3 of reopening will begin on December 28, the PM introduced, and social gatherings of as much as eight folks can be allowed in public, up from the present 5.
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