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Singapore, now the most vaccinated country

A resident registers for swab test at a COVID-19 testing centre in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has fully vaccinated 80% of its population against the coronavirus, the health minister said on Sunday.

This makes it the world’s most inoculated country, as several parts of the world struggle to control the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant.

“We have crossed another milestone, where 80% of our population has received their full regimen of two doses,” Ong Ye Kung said in a post on social media.

“It means Singapore has taken another step forward in making ourselves more resilient to COVID-19,” he added. “It is the result of the collective effort of many people working behind the scenes, and the people of Singapore coming forward to take care of themselves and the people around them.”

With most of its 5.7 million population vaccinated, Singapore now has the world’s highest rate of complete vaccinations. The small city-state is on track to ease coronavirus-linked restrictions.

Here are the latest developments on coronavirus from around the world. Japan is looking to fully vaccinate its population by October or November, according to Taro Kono, the minister in charge of the country’s vaccine rollout. He also promised booster shots for medical workers and the elderly early next year.

“Japan is aiming for 80% vaccination levels,” Kono said on a Fuji TV show.

This comes as Japan struggles with contaminants in certain lots of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which have been linked to the death of two people in the country.

Inoculations at a large-scale vaccination center in the Okinawa prefecture were suspended on Sunday after contaminants were found in a lot that was different from the earlier suspended shots.

- THE INDIAN EXPRESS


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