SINGAPORE will likely make plans to vaccinate different segments of the country’s population against COVID-19 beginning 2021.
Singaporean ministry of health’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak in a virtual briefing confirmed that those who are more vulnerable to the COVID-19, and those at higher risk of getting infected may get priority for vaccination that will likely be rolled out next year.
Among the people belonging to the “high risk” are health care workers and other front liners of the pandemic.
Details of the prioritization will be worked out by an expert panel, which is also responsible to study the various COVID-19 vaccine options.
Director Mak Beliebes said that many of the COVID-19 vaccine candidates will complete the phase 3 studies sometime in 2021. The results will then be carefully studied and the vaccines would undergo a registration process before being brought to Singapore.
Mak also said that it is more likely that the multi-ministry task force on tackling COVID-19 will be making plans to vaccinate the different parts of the population from next year, rather than this year.
The country wants to procure several COVID-19 vaccines and has not encountered major problems in negotiating with suppliers.
Singaporean Health Minister Gan Kim Yeong said that by engaging with multiple vaccine suppliers, Singapore will be able to diversify its risk in the event that a COVID-19 vaccine candidate is unsuccessful.
Singapore is also searching for new manufacturers and vaccine candidates, and is still keeping its options open, said report.