Singapore’s Health Minister Ong Ye Kung stressed in a press conference on July 7: “We really do not have the medical, scientific or data basis to determine how effective Sinovac is in combating the infection. infectious or severe cases of the Delta variant”.
Delta has become a popular variant in Singapore since a group of Covid-19 patients were detected at the airport in May. The government later reintroduced stricter restrictions, although it has now begun to relax these regulations.
To date, 3.7 million Singaporeans have received at least one dose of Pfizer or Moderna and nearly 2.2 million have received two doses. The country aims to fully vaccinate about two-thirds of the population by August 9.
Singapore began allowing private clinics to provide Sinovac Covid-19 vaccination from mid-June, after the WHO approved the vaccine for emergency use.
As of July 3, more than 17,000 people had been vaccinated with a dose of Sinovac, and officials also said demand for the Chinese vaccine gradually decreased.
There is strong evidence that mRNA vaccines such as Pfizer and Moderna are more effective at preventing severe illness or death, and may also reduce transmission.
Non-mRNA vaccines like Sinovac can also help reduce severe illness or death, but are less effective at stopping the virus from spreading.
Last month, the director of medical services Kenneth Mak said that there is evidence that many people who have received Sinovac are still infected with Covid-19.
Therefore, the Singaporean authorities recently announced that those who received the Sinovac vaccine still had to be tested for Covid-19 before attending the event or going somewhere, unlike those who have been vaccinated under the national program.
On July 7, Singapore recorded 5 community infections, bringing the total number of Covid-19 cases to 62,652, with 36 deaths. The Ministry of Health of this country announced that it will continue to relax restrictions from next week, including allowing 5 people to eat at restaurants.