Brunei Darussalam is now joining the global community in the fight against coronavirus, following the arrival of the first batch Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, which paved the way for a National Vaccination Programme for COVID-19. The first delivery of 24 thousand doses of the vaccines arrived in the country yesterday morning via Singapore, the base for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the Asia Pacific nations.
The Singapore Airlines Flight carrying COVID-19 Oxford-AstraZeneca from Amsterdam arrived safely at Brunei International Airport at 11:05 in the morning. The arrival of the vaccines in the country was through consultation between the Ministry of Health and COVAX Facility. The availability of the vaccines will enable the planning of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in the country to run on schedule. Receiving the vaccines at Brunei International Airport were Awang Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Acting Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health and Doctor Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Professional at the Ministry of Health.
The 24 thousand doses are the first of a total of 100,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine expected to be provided in batches by the COVAX Facility by the end of June this year. It is a historic step in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and in ensuring the safety of the country's citizens and residents.
Phase One of the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will commence on the 3rd of April, involving frontliners, senior citizens aged 60 and above and students who will be studying abroad. The programme will be extended to other groups according to the phases outlined in Brunei Darussalam's COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy.
Source: Radio Television Brunei