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Singapore approves Pfizer vaccine as region rushes for first jabs

PM Lee says doses will arrive this month; government also eases restrictions

Singapore is the latest country to approve the Pfizer vaccine to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Monday, positioning the city-state to be one of the first in Asia to receive the U.S. shot.

Lee, in a televised address, said the first doses are due to arrive later in December, and that other vaccines would also be coming in the months ahead after approval. His government expects to have enough supplies for everyone in the nation of 5.7 million by the third quarter of 2021.

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