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Sinovac failure – A failed gamble by the Singapore Government

Sinovac was one of the vaccines that Singapore placed an order for.

These pre-orders were a punt, a gamble, but a calculated risk.

Most of the companies behind the vaccines were established and had well-known track records.

Sinovac has had a sketchy history of bribe. It also has a history of non-transparency.

Even if we wanted to take a gamble on a Chinese vaccine, or to maintain relations, we chose the wrong one.

Sinopharm is a state owned enterprise. Sinovac is a private enterprise.

The PRC themselves are using Sinopharm. The UAE, who are good friends of the PRC, are using Sinopharm.

I have no idea why we punted on Sinovac, instead of Sinopharm.

Singapore’s government took a gamble on the wrong Chinese vaccine and have lost.

For poorer countries, 50% is better than nothing.

We are not a poor country.

****** We cannot roll out Sinovac to our population now, even when the vaccine arrives. ********

This is a huge step back for our vaccination programme.

We need to make up lost ground and do better.

P.S. I am not saying that the Singapore government shouldn’t hedge with a portfolio of bets. I am not even saying that they should not hedge with a Chinese vaccine. I am saying they hedged with the wrong Chinese vaccine and questions will be asked why UAE got it right and we didn’t. We got the same results as a variety of poor, developing countries.

 

*Facebook post by Calvin Cheng.

 

 

 

 

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31 Responses to “Sinovac failure – A failed gamble by the Singapore Government”

  • Poor leaders:

    Sg is poor…..has …poor leadership!

    What are you waiting for……..dump them at the next Ge lah!

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Is Calvin Cheng really saying this?

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  • John Richards:

    A history of bribing? Who knows if anybody has been paid off to take a gamble on this vaccine.

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  • Not their money:

    That’s the problem of spending tax-payers money without accountability and the problems of “Ownself Check Ownself”.

    Therefore all the Ministers salary must be cut by 50%.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    This government not only gambles with Singaporeans’ money but Singaporeans lives too.

    Anyway Calvin may kennan POFMAed to cover their screw up.

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  • First time good sounding:

    First time good sound up by Calvin.

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  • Mayors can choose vaccine:

    Mayors in Philippines have this power.
    https://www.rappler.com/nation/duterte-says-mayors-governors-free-choose-any-covid-19-vaccine

    Mayors in other countries have lots of power and not so much pay.

    Singapore mayors concentrate on distributing $2 food vouchers and get very high pay.

    If you can choose to be a mayor, where do you want to be? You like power or you like money? You cannot choose the job with both power and money. Already reserved.

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  • Rogger:

    Life isn’t it 50/50.

    AND,100% sure die wan!

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  • Elites screw Singaporeans:

    When I heard the news that the Sinovac vaccine was only 50 percent effective and Singapore had got it I fell off my chair laughing

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  • Boh Kia See:

    This episode has politics written all over it.

    It may well be that the Chinese Government refused to sell the vaccines to Singapore thinking that it may eventually end up with the Americans.
    There may well be other reasons but it shows a reluctance of the Chinese Government to deal with Singapore.

    The PAP then has no choice but to purchase from SinoVac a private company because of the price. Of course, when the clown was getting his jab publicly, I am sure he used the British developed vaccine. It would not surprised me that all cabinet Ministers will be vaccinated with the British vaccine–not the Chinese one.

    That is the PAP’s Singapore.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on the TISG:Quote -”Calvin Cheng calls Govt’s pre-order of Sinovac vaccine “a failed gamble”
    Health Minister Gan Kim Yeong says there will be regulatory scrutiny and authorisation before it is rolled out…

    AUTHOR

    Denise Teh
    DATE

    January 14, 2021…

    Singapore — Former Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng, who is known for his pro-Government views, has in a Facebook post criticised its decision to pre-order the Sinovac vaccine….

    Mr Cheng was commenting soon after a report on Wednesday (Jan 13) that Brazilian clinical trial results showed the Sinovac vaccine having only a 50.4% efficacy rate.

    He said that signing an advance purchase agreement was “a failed gamble by the Singapore Government” and that it “took a gamble on the wrong Chinese vaccine and have lost”. This was because China has another vaccine, Sinopharm, which was proven to have a higher efficacy rate…

    Mr Cheng added that the country cannot roll out Sinovac to the population now, even when the vaccine arrives, and calls the development “a huge step back for our vaccination programme”.

    The Government has said that the people will not be able to choose the vaccine they want to receive. It is focusing on three: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Sinovac.

    Mr Cheng’s post raised many questions and remarks from the online community. Some support his stand on not releasing the Sinovac vaccine in Singapore, while others are refuting his argument….

    Some argue that Mr Cheng misunderstands what the 50.4% efficacy rate means, and that he should do more research on the other vaccines before making such a strong statement. Others have pointed out that the Sinovac vaccine has not yet been approved by the authorities, which means fears of receiving an ineffective vaccine are unfounded.

    On the other hand, there are those who whole-heartedly support his post and are asking that the Sinovac vaccine be removed from the list of vaccines Singapore is receiving….

    The Health Sciences Authority has yet to approve the vaccine and there will be regulatory scrutiny and authorisation before it is rolled out. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said this on Wednesday (Jan 13) after the Brazilian test results were released.

    At the moment, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is the only authorised one in Singapore. /TISG…”Unquote.

    Response :So obviously all the Ministers and evil b***t women wing and the frontline use good grade effective Pfizer brand vaccine while the rest of us use lousy grade half effective sinovac vaccine grade ? Is that call a caring government that is giving us a Swiss Standard of living ?

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  • xoxo:

    Its not *pure* profit-seeking investment,is paying tribute$ for having offended the Giant Panda?

    LawrencecONE says it is to *spread risks*,so put money in Sinovac too.
    I am thinking do they truly understang RISK MANAGEMENT at all in the first place?!

    See,if they do,why do they anyhow import fake FTs to replace good sg-PMEs pver 20 years already and national profuctivity kept going down eversonce.
    BESIDES,STRANGE DISEASES LIKE TB resurface again?

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  • Elites screw Singaporeans:

    When I heard the news that the Sinovac vaccine was only 50 percent effective and Singapore had got it I fell off my chair laughing

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  • C-Liao:

    Same like CECA, you forget?

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  • Annelise:

    And when citizens express concern the govt keeps pushing and pushing more and more. They want to have the
    Status of being the country who are first to vaccinate all
    Its cutizens and foreign workers and foreigners here. Did this want to push and push blindsighted them into
    Chosing Sinovac? In other countries the people will demand accountability. Here we all keep quiet !

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  • Calvin ChewCheng:

    The pandemic must’ve scorched him badly.
    Now talk with ‘conscience’ no more carrying pappy balls.

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  • opposition dude:

    Well, doesn’t PAP love to defend their choices as the best always? Might as well Pofma Calvin since he said all tha right? Or cannot Pofma because he is pro PAP? How about running a loh sor piece in the paper saying why Sinovac isn’t a mistake so as to give the impression that PAP know what they are doing and, as usual, made the correct decision?

    Come on PAP, good chance for you to show off hor! Don’t let us mere peasants with our simplistic thinking show that we know better than you clowns ah!

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  • Vaccines:

    Vaccines that do not have enough clinical data to suppport its efficacy and safety should not be used. More so if there are serious allegations of bribery by the company. People should hold the govt responsible and accountable for the safety of the vaccine if they are going to push it. If it is optional, then the MOH should help the public make informed decision by laying out the facts.

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  • Harder Truths:

    Boh Kia See: Of course, when the clown was getting his jab publicly, I am sure he used the British developed vaccine. It would not surprised me that all cabinet Ministers will be vaccinated with the British vaccine–not the Chinese one.

    I do not trust any of the so-called failed leeders to take the vaccine. How do we know it really was a vaccine of any type? It could have easily been salt water.

    Never trust these liars.

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    The PAP Government themselves and their relations will use the American 90% effectiveness while the rest of the population cannot choose…..LOL…this is like a communist country. This is your health and not the PAP Government million dollars ministers’ health, they do not care. The PAP Government just want to suck up to China, what a disgusting bunch of PAP Ministers. One Word “F%^% You PAP Ministers!!!!”

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  • Transparency huh?:

    If u cannot tolerate non transparency, how u Sinkies can accept PAP. No foreigners needs a couple of hours in Singapore to know Sinkies live in a dark hole for the last 50++ years. Surely u will ask why so many foreigners like to come to the dark hole to work. Who wouldn’t with so much oily water around n if u kook on to the right one, u r make forever. of the $25m payouut. Why, his cootlicking mist be fantastico that made MnuINV Gorri terrifying happy. Haven’t you heard of the famed global cliche xxxxx begets xxxxx. Just equal xxxxx= Zero transparancy, or anything u criticise peeing and pooing, just remember the simple SIN formula n u r on the right track! Trumpian fraudulent PE n kY freak GE seem identical twin. Does this help to explain how bananas of all stage of rot from 0 投100 Become SIN notorious MiWs? KY cream is toxic to the creative n critical brains n just imagine what could be the outcome to Sinkies after 50+++ years of using it? Trumpic supporter n Repulicons only needs 5 years to be braindead, so reactivate your n think of the twin effects . Jests oh jests in the dakoe hole with white cladded banana farting all over!

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  • oxygen:

    LESS THAN 40 per cent of Hongkongers are willing to take a Covid-19 vaccine shot, a university survey has found, worrying researchers who say it is far below the necessary rate to achieve significant protection for the city’s population.

    Residents interviewed this past summer by Chinese University’s medical school cited the potential for unknown side effects and logistical problems with the jabs in returning an overall acceptance figure of just 37.2 per cent.

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3117424/hong-kong-fourth-wave-survey-finds-far-fewer?utm_source=Yahoo&utm_medium=partner&utm_content=3117527&utm_campaign=contentexchange

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  • TEMUSIK PATRIOT:

    PAP CLOSE DOWN:
    Is Calvin Cheng really saying this?

    Calvin finally grow up???

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  • Transparency huh?:

    Gabbage begets garbages,
    Rat begets rats.
    Bright begets pbrights.
    Bootlicker begets bootlickers.
    Brownoser begets brownnosers
    Regardless of pofmaed elites, position, millionairs or ordinary people.
    self made billionaires only egets selfp made nbillionairs.
    Politically ownself paid ownself millions begets billionairs on the run.
    Why billionaires pon the runnif they have not done anything wrong n not running before they become transparency ent freak nor draudulent.
    Copvid 19 getting rich vs Covid 19 getting poorer? Heaven
    No eyes or u stupid that’s why you r poor n got pay reducepd you stupid n that’s u r poor n
    The brownosers n freaks got richer!
    Trump still creaming as his likes get quieter as fire, wind n water rage on.
    Is time for them?
    Who is stupid! Nepotists with their billions or the poor looking for meat on their table. Time will tell. Amen not paying 2 hoots to JC telling u u the wretched owns the world not you but yet you ownself piles on ownself with millions in the darh hp ho ho. Beware of the fire, wind n water ramaging thru the dark ho ho ho. SIN will be waiting at the darh ho ho ho. Cry no use.

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  • LN:

    Covid 19 is no more deadly than seasonal flu. Data that are reported worldwide on covid cases and covid deaths are grossly inflated.

    First covid PCR test gives over 80 % false positives. The reason is the number of amplifications used is over 35 or 45 times. It should be < 25 times.

    Look at the death number from Feb _ Dec 2020 was 28.
    In SG, normal deaths/day ~ 57 From Feb_Dec 2020= 11x 30.4 days x 57

    Infection Fatality Rate= 28/[ 11 x 30.4 x 57 ] x 100 or 0.15 %

    This is the % very similar to seasonal flu, hence NOT deadly.There is absolutely no need for any vaccines.

    Vaccines from China are developed on conventional platform.; platform proven safe [ done over 2 decades ]. But mRNA is completely new . Not proven at all hence risk is much, much higher !

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  • Realistically:

    STOP PRESS: HEADLINE: “US doctor’s death after Covid-19 vaccination is being investigated”

    NOT fake news hor; from the 158th ranked media:

    https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-doctors-death-after-covid-19-vaccination-is-being-investigated

    US doctor’s death after Covid-19 vaccination is being investigated
    • PUBLISHED
    JAN 14, 2021, 11:07 AM SGT
    MIAMI (NYTIMES) – Health authorities are investigating the case of a Florida doctor who died from an unusually severe blood disorder 16 days after receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.
    Dr Gregory Michael, a 56-year-old obstetrician and gynaecologist in Miami Beach, received the vaccine at Mount Sinai Medical Centre on Dec 18 and died 16 days later from a brain haemorrhage, his wife Heidi Neckelmann wrote in a Facebook post.

    Shortly after receiving the vaccine, Dr Michael developed an extremely serious form of a condition known as acute immune thrombocytopenia, which prevented his blood from clotting properly.

    ….

    Please read the rest at the link give

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  • More vaccine deaths. Norway.:

    https://globalnews.ca/news/7578566/norway-coronavirus-vaccine-risks/

    Don’t play play hoh.

    “Norwegian officials have adjusted their advice on who gets the COVID-19 vaccine in light of a small number of deaths in older people, leaving it up to each doctor to consider who should be vaccinated.

    The Norwegian Medicines Agency on Thursday reported a total of 29 people had suffered side effects, 13 of them fatal. All the deaths occurred among patients in nursing homes and all were over the age of 80.”

    Don’t push your old parent/grandparent to take vaccine unless you are looking for early inheritance.

    Realistically: US doctor’s death after Covid-19 vaccination

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  • Vac efficacy & School Results:

    This comment tries to explain the meaning of vaccine efficacy. Strictly science. Not targeting any vaccine, country, party or person.

    Some compare vaccine efficacy to a student’s exam result, e.g, “wow, 50 marks in maths can get you into NUS. So low standard.”

    Actually, no. It is not about a single student’s result. Vaccine efficacy can be seen as comparing results from different schools. Consider one neighborhood good school (N) and one elite good school (E) of the same size.

    For severely bad results, students with 4 Fs, N school has 10 cases, and E school has 1. The efficacy of an elite branding is 90% against severely bad results.

    For mildly not very good results, students with at least 1 not A, N school has 800 students, and E has 400. The efficacy of an elite branding is 50% against mildly not very good results.

    As seen above, there are different efficacy values depending on what you are looking at. The numbers will also be different if you pick different schools, e.g., both schools in Singapore, or both schools in Malaysia.

    Those interested in vaccine numbers can read this:
    https://news.abs-cbn.com/ancx/culture/spotlight/01/13/21/doctors-advice-lets-stop-attacking-the-vaccines

    “Dr. Salvana explains that vaccine efficacy is measured in many ways—“it can be prevention of any infection (both symptomatic and asymptomatic), disease (symptomatic infection), and severe disease.” They can be “transmission-blocking” (vaccines that prevent infection) or “disease-modifying” (vaccines that prevent severe disease).”

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  • Realistically:

    Even the World Health Organisation has stopped short as regards to the wisdom of the COVID-19 vaccination; NOT faked news hor………from the 158th ranked SINKaPOOR media:

    https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/who-stops-short-of-advising-proof-of-covid-19-vaccine-shots-for-travel

    “WHO stops short of advising proof of Covid-19 vaccine shots for travel

    GENEVA (REUTERS) – The World Health Organisation on Friday (Jan 15) refrained from advising proof of Covid-19 vaccination or immunity as a condition for international travel, citing “critical unknowns” regarding their efficacy in reducing transmission and limited availability.

    The WHO’s Emergency Committee, composed of 19 independent experts, held its sixth meeting in a year as the global death toll from the pandemic reached two million among more than 90 million cases.

    ……………..

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  • Realistically:

    @ More vaccine deaths. Norway.:
    January 16, 2021 at 1:27 am (Quote)

    Thanks for the info & link.

    That’s what I feared most………..AND the emperor without clothes regime has NOT, as usual, assured sinkies if his govt would COMPENSATE victims who are forced by Lawrence Wong’s announced DISINCENTIVES to those who refused to be vaccinated voluntarily……………

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  • Realistically:

    People might like to read an emperor without clothes supporter by the name of Dr Desmond Wai’ commentary published in the TODAY e-newspaper at the following link and headlined:

    ‘Why I opted for Covid-19 vaccination now, instead of waiting’

    Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/commentary/why-i-had-my-covid-19-vaccination

    To me, Dr Wai’s piece is self-serving on behalf of the emperor without clothes regime and AGAINST or at least not TOTALLY consistent with the FACTS as I have shown from the FDA and US CDC………

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