Singapore PM Receives First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine

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  • Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching arrive at a polling station during Singapore's general election, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore July 10, 2020. Singaporean voters fretted over the risks of COVID-19 as they queued in masks to cast their ballots on Friday, amid an uptick in new infections and prospects of the city-state's economy entering its worst-ever recession. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching arrive at a polling station during Singapore's general election, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore July 10, 2020. Singaporean voters fretted over the risks of COVID-19 as they queued in masks to cast their ballots on Friday, amid an uptick in new infections and prospects of the city-state's economy entering its worst-ever recession. REUTERS/Edgar Su

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaSingapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received the first shot of a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, Jan. 8, the 68-year-old said in a Facebook post sharing a video of him being injected in the arm at a local hospital.

    Singapore has so far only approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine but has said it has also secured enough doses for its 5.7 million population including from other vaccine-makers like Moderna and Sinovac.

    “We got vaccinated early to show Singaporeans we are confident that the vaccine is safe and effective,” Lee said, adding that he had been vaccinated alongside the country’s top health official, Kenneth Mak.

    The city-state gave its first jabs at the end of December, but Lee said broader vaccinations of healthcare workers from public institutions would start on Friday, followed by the elderly next month.

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    REUTERS