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Singapore begins coronavirus vaccination campaign

Other countries that have started immunisations include , EU nations, and

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Singapore began a vaccination campaign Wednesday with a nurse receiving the first jab, making it among the first Asian nations to roll out inoculations.

The city-state, which has suffered a mild outbreak, became the first country in Asia to approve the -BioNTech earlier this month, and its programme kicked off with .

Nurse Sarah Lim, 46, whose work includes screening suspected Covid-19 patients, was the first to be immunised, the health ministry said.

“I feel grateful and thankful for being the first to be vaccinated,” the nurse from the national centre for infectious diseases was cited as saying by the Straits Times newspaper.

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More than 30 staff from the centre are receiving the first dose of the two-shot Wednesday, and will get the second next month.

After healthcare workers, the city-state will vaccinate the elderly, and then the rest of the population.

The government expects to have enough vaccines for all 5.7 million people in the city by the third quarter of , with the voluntary vaccine free for all Singaporeans and long-term residents.

Other countries that have started immunisations include Britain, nations, and , although most Asian nations are yet to begin.

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In China, where the virus emerged, at least one million people have already received jabs after vaccine candidates were approved for use, although they have so far been limited to priority groups such as state employees.

The inoculations are yet to receive official approval.

Vaccinations have been given in limited numbers in other parts of the region, including to members of Philippine ’s team, and to US troops stationed in Korea.

Singapore has recorded about 58,000 , mostly among low-paid migrant workers living in crowded dormitories, and just 29 .

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