Canberra, Australia (AP)—Australia started its COVID-19 vaccination program on Monday after a few days in neighboring New Zealand. Both governments have decided that their pandemic experience does not require a rapid response to vaccine promotion in many parts of the world. track.
Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region that are relatively satisfied with the flu pandemic, including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore, have only recently started or will be vaccinated.
Catherine Bennett, an epidemiologist at Deakin University in Australia, said that countries that are not facing a virus crisis can benefit from spending time and learning from countries that have adopted emergency vaccination measures (such as the United States).
“We now have data on pregnant women who were vaccinated. Natural accidents such as taking medication by mistake happen in the real world,”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison received the Pfizer vaccine for the first time on Sunday to show confidence in the product. Australia prioritizes building public confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine before delivery speed.
On Monday, health and border control personnel, as well as residents and workers of nursing homes, began buying Pfizer vaccines in centers across the country. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt (Greg Hunt) will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine within a few weeks.
In Australia, the vast majority of cases were travellers who were infected overseas who were found in a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine. Australia has recorded 909 coronavirus deaths.
New Zealand started vaccination last week after receiving the first batch of Pfizer vaccine.
The country of 5 million people has successfully contained the spread of the virus, and the first people to be shot were border workers and their families. Compared with most countries/regions, the priority is different, and the idea is to prevent the virus from spreading from any infected arrival. After that, vaccinations will be given to healthcare personnel and basic workers, as well as vulnerable elderly people.
However, it will not be until the second half of the year that the plan to vaccinate the wider population of New Zealand begins, second only to many other countries.
In Australia, some infectious disease and ethics experts at the Australian National University accused the government of hoarding vaccines and argued that the government should provide surplus materials to countries in urgent need.
Elsewhere in Asia, Thailand has only 83 deaths from the virus, but vaccination has not yet begun. It will receive the first 200,000 doses of Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday. This is part of the Thai government’s plan, which has so far received 2 million doses from Sinovac and 61 million doses from AstraZeneca.
The government has a policy to provide free vaccination for all Thais and plans to inject half of the population this year. The government said it hopes to start vaccination within a few days of the arrival of the first batch of vaccines.
Vietnam has recorded 35 deaths and announced last week that it will receive 5 million doses of the vaccine by the end of February, and hopes to start vaccination as early as early March. The first shot will be provided to 5 million people (mainly frontline workers).
Cambodia, which has not reported any virus deaths, received the first batch of 600,000 doses of vaccine from China on February 7, and Beijing donated 1 million doses. The country began its vaccination program on February 10, starting with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, government minister and officials from state-run hospitals.
According to health officials, as of last week, 29 people have died of the virus in Singapore, and approximately 250,000 residents, including healthcare workers and other frontline workers, have been vaccinated. The goal is to get another one million people to receive the first dose of the vaccine by early April.
Laos also has no reports of deaths. It received 300,000 doses of the national medicine vaccine on February 8. An official from the Ministry of Health said that it hopes that 20% of Laos’ population, or 1.6 million people, will be vaccinated within this year.