Singapore is the first country in Asia to be vaccinated against Pfizer and Biontech coronavirus. The first shipment of the vaccine arrived in Singapore on Monday. NDTV reported.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong expressed happiness at the news that the first consignment of vaccines had arrived in Singapore. “It’s been a long and difficult year,” he said on Facebook. I hope the news of vaccination will make Singaporeans happy.
Singapore will give priority to vaccinating health workers, the elderly and the medically weak. The country also plans to vaccinate 5.7 million people by the third phase of 2021, i.e. September.
Singapore last week approved the vaccine, following in the footsteps of the United Kingdom and the United States. Ticker shipments to Singapore come from Belgium. The vaccine comes on a Singapore Airlines flight.
Vaccination in Singapore will be optional, the report said. However, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been encouraging people to get vaccinated.
One should take Pfizer vaccine in two doses. It must also be stored below minus 70 degrees Celsius to maintain its effectiveness.
Singapore’s Transport Minister Wong Ye Kung said four tonnes of dry ice was being produced locally every day to freeze the vaccines properly.