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Our government has. About 73% of the population has had at least one dose and 47% of the population are fully vaccinated.
Good fortune attend Singapore Cass. What kind of vacine have they been using up there?
Thanks Neverfail. We are using Pfizer and Moderna. These are offered free in the national program. But Sinovac is available in private clinics for those that distrust the new mRNA techonology. Sinovac is not counted in our national tally of the number of people vaccinated
because our government doubts its effectiveness.
Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia have been using Sinovac but appear to be losing confidence in Sinovac
Our problem is that our elderly are reluctant to get vaccinated and they are the ones that need it most. I think they lack education. Only 70% of those above 70 are vaccinated. This is low compared to more than 90% in the UK. That is likely the reason why Boris Johnson is willing to risk reopening the UK economy despite infections going through the roof.
Your government made a good pair of choices in Pfizer and Moderna. Our silly government ordered mainly Astra Zenica along with lesser amounts of Pfizer. The former is readily available but because of its reputation for creating a blood clotting condition which has caused deaths in a tiny minority of recripients a lot of people do not trust it. This apparent bungle on ordering supplies has become a hot political topic in this country to our government's embarrasment: our party in Opposition has been "hammering" the government in parliament over it. The latter vacine has been reserved for the likes of front line health workers and others considered especially vulnerable.
(As for Sinovac; our government I am sure never even considered ordering the stuff from China
I could have had a shot of Astra Zenica from our local medical centre as early as last March had I wanted it (like in Singapore free of cost) but I held off. Our state government had done an excellent job in curbing the spread of the earlier Alpha variant of Covid that I like many others felt reasonably safe remaining unvacinated. But now we are in the throes of an upsurge of the much more virilent Delta strain (brought to Sydney by a visiting American aircraft crew) and that is a different matter.
Through our contacts we discovered that there was a clinic operating in an obscure location about 10 minutes drive from our home that serves only Pfizer. So yesterday I went there and received my first of two vacanation shots. I am booked for my second booster shot next month. "Better to be safe than sorry!"
Our government made pre-orders before the two mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) were developed. Under the Trump's warp speed, risk was shared between the pharmaceuticals and interested buyers. The buyers bought on the understanding that if the research failed to produce vaccines, the buyers can expect nothing.
Besides, Pfizer and Moderna, we had similar contracts with others - our local Duke-NUS
, Bharta and Sinovac. Duke-NUS has failed to produce anything so far, but Bharta has successfully completed Phase III trial. Then there is Sinovac.
All companies were required to complete Phase III before delivering the vaccine. But Sinovac skipped phase III and they delivered anyway! They kept demanding we use it, insisting that it is safe and effective. Fortunately, we have honest and brave leaders, who cannot be bought or bullied.
Singapore will make decisions regarding the approval of Covid-19 vaccines on the basis of science and healthcare needs, and will not be pressured when it comes to decisions on such matters, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan told Parliament yesterday.
"We cannot be bought, we cannot be bullied, we cannot be intimidated into either approving or disapproving any vaccine," he said. "There will be pressure on us, there will be push and pulls, but we must conduct this just like another example of foreign policy, in a principled manner."
Then the Chinese government flooded our social media with anonymous messages about the danger of using mRNA vaccines and touting Sinovac. They also appealed to ethnic pride and accused the west of spreading misinformation about Chinese vaccines.
Then the Chinese got WHO to approve Sinovac. This created pressure on our government to approve Sinovac from opposition leaders who accused the ruling party of damaging relations with China. So our government donated the stock of delivered Sinovac vaccines to private clinics. They cast doubts about the effectiveness of Sinovac
and said that those vaccinated by Sinovac will not be counted as vaccinated in our statistics.
This enraged China who again flooded our social media with anti-PAP propaganda. Chinese TV stations said that Singapore was insulting Chinese vaccines. Opposition leader Lim Tean said that since WHO has approved Sinovac, we should also do the same. He also accused our government for damaging relations with China.
The Chinese are accustomed to people who can be bribed or bullied. But it backfired with us. I like to think our principled stand is causing our neighbors to rethink using Sinovac. I read they are quietly phasing out Sinovac and buying other brands. Serves the CCP right.
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By the way, China has said that if you want to visit China you need to be vaccinated with Chinese vaccines. Those with other vaccines need "strong reasons" to enter.