Brunei's border re-opening depends on vaccine availability: minister

Brunei's Minister of Health i Mohd Isham Jaafar. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua): Brunei's re-opening of borders will depend on the Covid-19 vaccine availability and the pandemic situation regionally and internationally, said Mohd Isham Jaafar, the country's Health Minister.

"Our assumption is that the vaccine may be available in the Sultanate in June. But in reality, we don't know when.

"To date, no Covid-19 vaccine has been given to the population of any country, as part of their immunisation programme," Mohd Isham was quoted as saying by local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Wednesday (Dec 2).

"As explained earlier, we have to wait for our turn to get the vaccine, as it takes time to be manufactured and delivered. The bulk of our vaccine will come from the WHO (World Health Organisation) and Covax (a WHO-led Covid-19 vaccine access plan), while another 20 per cent will be through bilateral arrangements," the minister said.

According to the minister, although Covid-19 cases in the Sultanate are under control, Brunei will have to take the regional and global pandemic situation into consideration before opening its borders.

"Currently, there are no plans to relax the de-escalation plan," he added.

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