Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region are showing the first shots for COVID-19 this week.
Here are the main developments.
South Korea’s chief infectious disease experts have warned that the vaccines will not cause the disease to end quickly, and called for continued social vigilance and wearing a mask as the country prepares for its first filming on Friday.
Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, said Wednesday that it would “take a long time” for the mass vaccination campaign to bring the virus under control.
The country aims to vaccinate more than 70% of the population by November. But this year it is unlikely that a safe mask will return without masks, taking into account various factors, including the growing prevalence of virus variants.
“We are concerned that people may give up their protection as the vaccine begins, causing another massive wave of the virus,” said ong yong.
Jeong spoke as South Korea began moving the first vaccines out of production in the southern city of Andong, where local pharmaceutical company SK Bioscience is training staff developed by AstraZeneca և Oxford University.
The country will start vaccinating on Friday, starting with residents and staff at long-term care facilities.
Individually, approximately 55,000 physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals treating COVID-19 patients will begin recruiting staff developed by Pfizer և BioNTech on Saturday.
The Australian Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday that two elderly people had been given large doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Health Minister Greg Hunt says the 88-year-old man, the 94-year-old woman were being monitored, and the doctor who filmed her was out of the vaccination program.
The error occurred at the Holy Ghost Nursing Home in Brisbane, Carlseld, on Tuesday, the day after the vaccine was introduced in Australia, Hunt said.
“Both patients are being monitored, and both patients are showing no signs of responding at all,” Hunt said. He did not say how much he was injected beyond the prescribed dose.
Lincoln Hopper, chief executive of St. Vincent’s Home Care Services, said he was “very concerned” about the well-being of residents. The woman remained at home while the man was hospitalized, Hopper said.
“This incident was very disturbing for us, for our residents, for their families, it is also very worrying,” Hopper said. “This has led us to suspect that some of the vaccine clinics have received appropriate training.”
Hunt later found out that the overdose doctor had not completed the online training required of all health professionals involved in the program.
Hunt apologized for telling the parliament earlier that the doctor had been trained. He said he had asked the Department of Health to take action against the doctor’s company for which the doctor works.
Thailand received the first 200,000 doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday.
Up to 117,000 doses of AstraZeneca are expected late Wednesday.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ochan met with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy to receive the vaccines at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Thailand has ordered a total of 2 million doses from China.
At the end of this year, local manufacturer Siam Bioscience will supply 200 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to the region, 26 million of which will be supplied to Thailand. Thai officials say they have secured an additional deal with AstraZeneca for a total of 61 million doses.
Many critics and opposition parties criticize the government’s procurement plans as too slow or inadequate.
Thailand, whose economy relies on tourism revenue, plans to inject 10 million doses a month from June and plans to vaccinate at least half of the population by the end of the year.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has received Malaysia’s first COVID-19 vaccine, which was filmed during a vaccination campaign on Wednesday.
“I did not feel anything at all. It was all over until I realized it was just like a regular injection. Do not worry, come forward at any time, “he said during the live broadcast ceremony.
Health Director Nur Hisham Abdullah was also one of the first to be vaccinated.
Malaysia, which has partnered with a number of vaccine suppliers, including Pfizer և AstroZeneca, aims to vaccinate up to 80% of its 32 million population by next year.
In the first phase, priority will be given to more than half a million healthcare և frontline staff.
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