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Singapore receives Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines from China

SINGAPORE (Feb 25): Singapore has received the first shipment of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 13, 2021, according to the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH).

The ministry – in its full COVID-19 data released here late last night – said the vaccine, however, has not yet been authorised by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) for use in Singapore.

It noted that Sinovac has started submitting initial data.

"HSA is currently awaiting Sinovac’s submission of all the necessary information in order to carry out a thorough scientific assessment of the manufacturing process, safety and efficacy of the vaccine under the Pandemic Special Access Route," said the ministry.

Separately, China's Embassy in Singapore acknowledged the arrival of the first batch of Chinese Sinovac vaccine purchased by the Singaporean government.

The embassy said the two countries have helped each other to meet the challenge since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out, setting a fine example for cooperation against the virus among countries.

"It is believed that it will contribute to Singapore’s efforts to defeat the virus and restore normal order of life and economic development," the embassy said on its official Facebook page.

The embassy noted that China will continue to work with Singapore to enhance cooperation on vaccine and epidemic control, build a global community of health for all, and win the final victory in the fight against the epidemic.

The Singapore MOH also updated that the republic has also received another shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 24.

"We will continue to monitor our supplies closely to meet our target of vaccinating all Singaporeans and long-term residents in Singapore by end of 2021," it said.

Singapore received the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines on Dec 21, 2020, and Feb 17, 2021, respectively.

The island-city will roll out COVID-19 vaccinations for people aged 60 to 69 by the end of March, with the rest of the population to follow suit in April.

The republic's Health Minister Gan Kim Yong had said that one million more people will receive shots by April, with some 250,000 Singapore residents vaccinated so far.

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