Brunei announces updated vaccination strategy with 5 Covid-19 vaccine candidates

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, March 13 (Xinhua): Brunei released an updated version of its vaccination strategy, announcing five COVID-19 vaccine candidates to be used in the country.

According to local daily the Borneo Bulletin on Friday (March 12), the five candidates for Brunei people are vaccines from Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, China's Sinopharm, and Johnson and Johnson, respectively.

The country's vaccination strategy will be implemented once the vaccines arrive in the country.

The vaccination strategy said that all Brunei citizens and residents, including foreign nationals with a valid identification card, can receive the Covid-19 vaccination for free.

The distribution of the vaccine will be divided into three phases. Phase One is for frontliners, senior citizens aged 60 and above, and students studying overseas. Phase Two is for staff at childcare centers, adults with co-morbidities and teachers, while Phase Three is for the general public aged 18 and above.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no more confirmed Covid-19 cases were recorded on Friday, with the national tally unchanged at 192. There are five active cases still being treated at the National Isolation Centre.

A total of 51 imported cases have been confirmed since the last local infection case was reported on May 6, 2020. Brunei has recorded 310 days without local Covid-19 infection cases.

There have been three deaths resulted from Covid-19 in Brunei and 184 patients have recovered. - Xinhua
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