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Daily round-up, Sep 29: Singapore authorises Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for young children; Taiwan to end COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals

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Pfizer’s Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine has been permitted to be used in youngsters aged six months by way of 4 years. The vaccination routine for the first sequence on this age group consists of three 3-microgram doses.

The primary two doses needs to be administered three weeks aside, adopted by a 3rd dose to be administered no less than eight weeks after the second dose, the Well being Sciences Authority stated.

Scientific knowledge, based mostly on an ongoing trial carried out by Pfizer, confirmed that the immune response in younger youngsters with a three-dose main sequence was corresponding to that in adults aged 16 to 25 years who acquired two increased doses of 30 micrograms as the first sequence vaccine.

That is Singapore’s second vaccine authorised to be used in younger youngsters. The primary, Moderna’s two-dose Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine, was in August permitted to be used in youngsters aged six months to 5 years.

The Moderna vaccine can be accessible subsequent month, whereas the Pfizer shot is anticipated to be accessible by the tip of the 12 months, MOH stated.

Taiwan will finish its obligatory COVID-19 quarantine for arrivals from Oct 13. Arrivals will nonetheless want to watch their well being for a seven-day interval and take fast exams.

A sequence of different measures got here into power on Thursday (Sep 29), together with ending polymerase chain response (PCR) exams for arrivals and resuming visa-free entry for residents of all international locations that beforehand had that standing.

Cupboard spokesman Lo Ping-cheng advised reporters that with a properly vaccinated inhabitants and the pandemic beneath management at residence, the time had come to reopen borders.

Two logistics staff who conspired to assist smuggle the suspects within the multimillion-dollar Tradenation luxurious items rip-off out of Singapore in a lorry have been sentenced to jail on Thursday (Sep 29).

Mohamed Alias, 40, and Mohamad Fazli Abdul Rahman, 38, acquired a 12 months’s jail every.

The 2 labored collectively to assist smuggle Singaporean Pi Jiapeng and Thai nationwide Pansuk Siriwipa into Malaysia for a payment. Pi and Pansuk have been beneath investigation by the Singapore Police Drive on the time over a sequence of alleged dishonest instances.

In mitigation, each Fazli and Alias stated they wanted help their household.

A brand new inland ash scattering website will open at Mandai by 2024. Referred to as the Backyard of Serenity, it will likely be launched with the brand new Mandai Crematorium Complicated.

The brand new advanced can be Singapore’s second such facility. Initially anticipated to be accomplished by end-2022, it was delayed, with its fundamental contractor Greatearth Development citing monetary difficulties in 2021. 

The primary one at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery Complicated, which opened in Could 2021, has acquired greater than 1,900 purposes as of mid-September. 

With Singapore’s ageing inhabitants, the annual variety of deaths within the nation is projected to double, stated NEA. The projected doubling of annual deaths would drive demand for after-death providers infrastructure and trade manpower.

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