Singapore and Australia concur COVID-19 vaccine exchange offer

2021-09-01.

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Singapore is to send out half a million Coronavirus vaccine dosages to Australia as part of an exchange that will see Canberra return the favour in December.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated he was “glad to support” Australia’s vaccination program.

“Countries must be united in the battle to quell the pandemic, so that we can all move into the new normal,” the prime minister stated.

Lee’s Australian equivalent Scott Morrison stated the jabs “will be distributed next week to states and territories on an equal population basis.”

Around 8 in 10 Singaporeans have actually gotten 2 vaccine dosages, according to the Health Ministry, compared to around 35 percent of Australians over the age of 16.

Singapore “possesses sufficient supplies to meet our immediate needs,” according to the Foreign Ministry, which stated the offer would permit the 2 nations “to support each other in optimizing our respective schedules for vaccinating our populations.”

The concept is that when Australia sends its 500,000 dosages to Singapore later on this year, they can be utilized as booster shots or for inbound migrant employees as the nation resumes.

Singapore and Australia concur COVID-19 vaccine exchange offer