The Ministry of Health in a similar statement also highlighted the importance of identifying and deploying safe and effective vaccines against COVID-19, following reports of the new COVID-19 variant.
Yang Berhormat stated that the Ministry of Health has examined the data and information on the current vaccine candidates. The Government is actively identifying effective and safe vaccine candidates and is securing access to these vaccines. Both multilateral arrangements via the COVAX facility and bilateral arrangements with specific vaccine manufacturers were held and additional arrangements to ensure vaccine access and procurement for Brunei Darussalam.
Vaccine candidates available so far use different technologies including inactivated viruses, proteins sub-unit, viral vectors and mRNAs. All of these vaccine technologies have different safety and effectiveness profiles which can only be determined after the results of the Phase 3 Clinical Trial vaccines can be examined later. Any vaccine that will be used will be required to undergo a regulatory research process enforced by the Brunei Darussalam Medicines Control Authority, BDMCA.
In addition to efforts on vaccine procurement, the Ministry of Health is also preparing for prioritisation and national deployment strategy once a vaccine for COVID-19 that is safe and effective becomes available for use. A technical committee has been established to develop and implement a National Vaccination Strategy. Due to the limited global supply of vaccines, vaccine distribution will be done in phases and priority will be given to high-risk individuals first. When this vaccination program is implemented, each individual can play their role by getting themselves vaccinated once a vaccine is offered to them. This will ensure that individuals can protect themselves, their loved ones, and the wider community from COVID-19.
Source: Radio Television Brunei