CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia launched its COVID-19 immunization program on Monday, days after its neighbor New Aland անդ, the two governments declaring that their epidemic experience did not require a rapid reversal of the vaccine spread to many parts of the world.
Other countries in the Asia-Pacific region that have been relatively well-versed in the epidemic, or have recently started vaccinations or are preparing to do so, including Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore.
Catherine Bennett, an epidemiologist at Deacon University in Australia, said countries that are not experiencing a virus crisis are taking advantage of their time to learn from countries that have taken emergency vaccine measures, such as the United States.
“We now have information on vaccinated pregnant women. “Natural disasters, like misdiagnosis, happen in the real world,” said Bennett. “All these things are really valuable insights.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave his first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Sunday, expressing confidence in the product. Australia prioritizes public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines ahead of delivery.
Health և border guards, as well as nursing home staff, began receiving Pfizer vaccines in central parts of the country on Monday. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt will receive the AstraZeneca vaccine when it becomes available in a few weeks.
The vast majority of cases in Australia are infected travelers abroad who are found during mandatory 14-day hotel quarantines. Australia has recorded 909 deaths from the coronavirus.
New Zealand started the vaccine last week with its first batch of Pfizer vaccine.
The people of 5 million successfully prevented the spread of the virus, և the first people to shoot were the border guards and their families. It is a group of different priorities than in many countries,: the idea is to prevent the virus from spreading to any arriving traveler. After that, the health workers և key workers, along with the vulnerable elderly, will be vaccinated.
However, vaccination in New Zealand will begin by the second half of the year, lagging behind many other countries.
In Australia, some infectious disease physicists at the Australian National University have accused the government of stockpiling vaccines, arguing that the government should send extra supplies to countries in desperate need.
Elsewhere in Asia, Thailand, where only 83 viruses have died, has not yet been vaccinated. It will receive the first 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday. It is part of a Thai government program that has so far provided 2 million doses of Sinovac և 61 million doses of AstraZeneca.
The government has a policy of providing free vaccinations to all Thais and aims to inject half of the population this year. The government said it hoped the vaccine would start a few days after the first batch of vaccines arrived.
Vietnam, which has recorded 35 deaths, announced last week that it would receive a dose of 5 million vaccines by the end of February and hopes to start vaccinations in early March. Five million people, mostly frontline workers, will receive the first shots.
Cambodia, which has not yet reported the deaths of the virus, received its first shipment from China on February 7, a dose of 600,000 vaccines, part of a 1 million dose donated by Beijing. The vaccination program was launched in the country on February 10, starting with the sons of Prime Minister Hun Sen, government ministers and state-run hospitals.
In Singapore, which reports 29 deaths from the virus, about 250,000 people have been vaccinated in the past week, including other health care workers, according to health officials. The goal is for 1 million people to receive their first dose of the vaccine by early April.
Laos, which also did not report any deaths, received 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine on February 8. A health ministry official said he expected 20% of Lao’s population, or 1.6 million people, to be vaccinated by the end of the year.