After several countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, Singapore has approved a vaccine for the coronavirus invented by the US and German manufacturer Pfizer-Bioentech. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the first batch of vaccines would arrive in his country by the end of December. In a televised speech on the Corona situation on Monday, he said that if all went according to plan, it would be possible to provide free vaccinations to all Singaporeans and long-term residents by the third quarter of next year.
The United Kingdom was the first country in the world to approve the use of the Pfizer-Bioentec vaccine on an emergency basis. The vaccine has already been introduced in the country. In addition, several other countries, including the United States, have approved the use of the vaccine.
On Monday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said another vaccine would arrive in Singapore in the next few months after the first shipment arrived in late December. He said that front-line employees, the elderly and at-risk people would be vaccinated first. He said that the Prime Minister and other officials would take the vaccine again.
The Singapore Prime Minister said, “My cabinet colleagues and the elderly, including me, will be vaccinated in advance. I will take this vaccine to instill confidence in my safety, especially to reassure the elderly like me.”