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COVID vaccines

Singapore looks to 'live with COVID' as vaccine coverage nears 50%

Officials aim to treat virus like flu but Asian neighbors' surges dim travel hopes

SINGAPORE -- Singapore is on the verge of becoming Asia's first major country to fully vaccinate the majority of its population against COVID-19, stepping closer -- at least in theory -- to exiting the pandemic.

A government that once spared no effort to trace every case and contain transmission is now drawing up a road map for "living with" the virus. Rather than focusing on "herd immunity," officials now say the disease is unlikely to disappear but can be managed as a less threatening endemic illness like influenza.

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