Singapore is in talks with main suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines on the potential of being a regional distributor and taking part in a component within the remaining phases of vaccine manufacturing, Commerce and Business Minister Chan Chun Sing stated on Monday.
Chan, nevertheless, didn’t specify which pharmaceutical corporations Singapore was in talks with.
His remarks got here per week after Singapore’s authorities introduced that the nation had authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be used right here, with the primary cargo set to reach this month.
We’ve plans to work with the key suppliers, not a lot on the manufacturing itself which is completed in Europe and america but when there is a risk for us to do what we name fill and end’ to assist in the worldwide distribution, TODAY newspaper quoted Chan as saying on the sidelines of a go to to Singapore’s Company for Science, Know-how and Analysis.
Fill and end refers back to the strategy of filling vials with a vaccine and packaging it for distribution. It is not uncommon for vaccine producers to make use of third events to fill and bundle their vaccines.
In his dwell televised handle to the nation final week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that a number of pharmaceutical corporations have established vaccine manufacturing capabilities in Singapore.
He added that the federal government was additionally supporting vaccine improvement efforts right here as an insurance coverage, in case international provide chains have been disrupted.
Singapore has reported a complete of 58,432 COVID-19 circumstances up to now with 29 deaths.
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