Particular particulars of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine donation to Johor nonetheless being mentioned: MOH
SINGAPORE: Singapore is working in the direction of the donation of round 100,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses to Johor and the precise particulars are nonetheless being mentioned with related events, mentioned a Ministry of Well being (MOH) spokesperson on Thursday (Sep 9).
This got here after Chief Minister Hasni Mohammad mentioned on Monday that the Singapore Authorities will contribute 100,640 doses of Pfizer vaccine to the Johor state authorities. That is on high of the 20,000 Sinovac doses contributed in late July, as an indication of shut ties between each side, he added.
Responding to CNA’s queries, the MOH spokesperson famous that Singapore has reached a excessive price of vaccination and has inventory in hand, with all vaccines having expiry dates.
“Within the meantime, our neighbours within the area are in want of vaccines as they’re ramping up their nationwide workouts, whereas our demand for (the) vaccine booster programme will decide up solely early subsequent 12 months,” mentioned the spokesperson.
“Given these issues, it is sensible to channel vaccines to the place they’re wanted most in our area, via donations and swap preparations.”
MOH added: “We’re due to this fact working in the direction of the donation of round 100,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Johor. The particular particulars of the donation are nonetheless being mentioned with the related events, together with the pharmaceutical corporations.”
It additionally mentioned that by extending mutual help and aiding neighbouring international locations, Singapore might help increase the general resiliency of the area.
Talking throughout a press convention on Thursday night, Malaysia’s Well being Minister Khairy Jamaluddin expressed hope that the vaccines may be delivered quickly.
He mentioned: “The dialogue is between Singapore and Pfizer. We’re prepared to just accept (the vaccines) however now there are some particulars that need to be mentioned between the Singapore Authorities and Pfizer.”
“However we hope quickly that they will ship the vaccines over to Johor. That was the contribution that was promised from the Singaporean authorities.”