100,000 more to be vaccinated thanks to China, Japan donations

Izah Azahari

At least 100,000 more people in Brunei can be vaccinated, thanks to the incoming AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan and the recently donated Sinopharm vaccine from the People’s Republic of China, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar.

With a target of 70 per cent of the population vaccinated by the end of the year, the minister said that the country is still waiting for the Pfizer vaccine when asked about those who are ineligible to be vaccinated.

“So if the vaccine arrives at the end of the year, Insya Allah, we will most likely start a vaccination programme for those aged 12 and above.

“This leaves only a tiny percentage under the age of 12.

“Adults who cannot be vaccinated belong to a small segment, since those who may be allergic can still receive the vaccine in a controlled setting, such as at a hospital.

“Then, there are those who have to postpone their shots due to health problems, such as patients undergoing cancer treatment,” said the minister.