Vaccine swap: Brunei negotiates with Singapore

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is in negotiations with Singapore to facilitate vaccine swaps or vaccine borrowing to address the current shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in Brunei Darussalam, said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference yesterday.

However, the minister said the approach is complicated as it also involves acquiring permission from the vaccine producer, instead of just the negotiating countries.

“There are a lot of legal matters involved and it is not easy,” he said. “Negotiations have been made, but it is still under evaluation as to how to coordinate in terms of legislation and so on.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham added the matter is still being looked into along with its suitability for both countries.

“We need to know not only their readiness, but also the legal aspects behind it. There are many laws or legal matters involved with vaccine swaps,” he said.