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Singapore says ramping up COVID-19 vaccination drive

/ 08:21 PM January 13, 2021
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FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker receives the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Singapore December 30, 2020. Lee Jia Wen/Ministry of Communications and Information/Handout via REUTERS

SINGAPORE— More than 6,000 people in Singapore have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the health ministry said on Wednesday, with numbers expected to rise substantially in the coming weeks as the city-state ramps up its immunization drive.

Singapore started vaccinating healthcare workers on Dec. 30, becoming one of the first Asian countries to start its coronavirus inoculation program.

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The nation of 5.7 million people has been reporting relatively very few local cases in recent months and fatalities are among the world’s lowest, with just 29 coronavirus-related deaths.

It has so far approved only the Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine but has said it has secured enough doses from other vaccine-makers like Moderna and Sinovac to give to all citizens and residents by the third quarter this year.

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Singapore may also be able to start vaccinating the elderly from the end of this month, slightly ahead of schedule, said Lawrence Wong, a minister who co-heads Singapore’s virus taskforce.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received his first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine last week.

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