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Sinovac-CoronoVac included in the National Vaccination Programme

The Sinovac-CoronoVac COVID-19 vaccine will be included in the National Vaccination Programme (NVP), the Multi-Ministry Taskforce said.

This will allow those who are medically ineligible to take any mRNA vaccine to take three doses of Sinovac-CoronacVac. As the Sinovac-CoronoVac vaccine is of relatively lower vaccine efficacy, those who have received one or two doses of Sinovac-CoronacVac are strongly encouraged to complete a three-dose primary regime with a mRNA vaccine as it offers more protection.

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Making Sinovac an available option without compromising on standards

The WHO emergency list focuses on the needs of poorer countries with limited access to Covid-19 vaccines. Its objective is to make vaccines available as rapidly as possible to address the pandemic. It is a risk-based process that expedites the assessment of vaccines for use especially in these countries, where the benefits are deemed to outweigh the risks. Singapore's HSA has a more rigorous standard of assessment.

Allowing the Sinovac vaccine through the private healthcare sector gives people another option without compromising on Singapore's standards.

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