Covid-19: Singapore will work to develop and distribute vaccines fairly to all, says PM Lee; 213 new cases and 11 local on Sunday (June 28)

SINGAPORE, June 28 (The Straits Times/ANN): Singapore will work with various parties to develop vaccines and distribute them fairly and quickly to people worldwide, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (pic) said at a virtual summit.

He noted in a Facebook post the next day that Singapore has been doing its part in collecting and analysing data on the coronavirus to better understand the threat.

“But our efforts alone are not enough. A global pandemic requires a coordinated global response, especially in scientific research and government actions,” he wrote.

He added: “The search for vaccines may take some time, but we will maximise our chances of tackling Covid-19 by working together.”

Lee was speaking at the Global Goal: Unite for our Future Pledging Summit, held as an online event by advocacy group Global Citizen.

Wire agency Reuters reported that coronavirus cases worldwide approached 10 million on Sunday and have killed almost half a million people in seven months. Singapore has seen more than 43,000 Covid-19 cases and 26 deaths so far.

In his speech at the rally, Lee emphasised the importance of “vaccine multilateralism” in the fight against Covid-19.

He said Singapore looks forward to working with the European Commission, like-minded countries, the World Health Organisation, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, “to develop vaccines and distribute them fairly and expeditiously to people in all countries”.

“Until a vaccine is found, we are unlikely to see a return to our pre-Covid-19 way of life,” he said.

He added that Singapore hopes to collaborate with like-minded parties to support key initiatives such as the Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator – a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to Covid-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines – and the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility, as “Friends of the Facility”

On Sunday (June 29), the government said that there are 213 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Sunday noon (June 28), taking Singapore’s total to 43,459.

They include 11 community cases, of whom five are work pass holders and six are Singaporeans or permanent residents, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday.

Migrant workers living in dormitories make up the vast majority of the other cases, said the ministry.

With 338 cases discharged on Saturday, 37,151 patients, or about 86 per cent of those infected, have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 174 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit, while 5,883 are recuperating in community facilities. – The Straits Times/Asian News Network