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Singapore should approve Sinovac vaccine similar to the mNRA vaccines

Currently, the Singapore government approve the use of Sinovac vaccine at a lower level than the mNRA vaccines (i.e. Pfizer and Moderna).

Patients who prefer Sinovac have to get it from a private clinic and pay a fee to the clinic for the injection. The vaccine is provided free by the government.

The government has not recognized the China vaccine for international travel.

I believe that the different treatment of Sinovac is unwise. Here are my reasons.

1. Although Sinovac vaccine has a lower efficacy level in stopping the infection, it does not really matter. The studies have shown that Sinovac is able to prevent patients from falling seriously ill.

2. Many countries use Sinovac as their primary vaccine for vaccination. The World Health Organization has also approved its use.

3. Many people prefer to use Sinovac as it uses the traditional method of production, i.e. an inactivated virus. Some people are concerned about the long term about the mNRA vaccines.

Singapore should show an example in treating the China vaccines at the same level as the western vaccines (i.e. mNRA vaccine). For practical purposes, all the vaccines have a similar level of effectiveness in dealing with covid.

It is unwise to allow the small differences, which are the subject of disputes anyway, from influencing the government policy on the choice of vaccine.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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23 Responses to “Singapore should approve Sinovac vaccine similar to the mNRA vaccines”

  • MarBowling:

    Tan Golden Chain

    Be VERY VERY ASSURED that President XJP will DEFINITELY TAKE NOTE OF Mai Hum DISCRIMINATING APPROACH TOWARDS Chinese Vaccines such as Sinovac! Anyway, our country(definitely NOT HE or his World Class Ministers who are Multi-Millionaires) WILL KENNA should XJP proceed to take some action to PUNISH and TEACH Mai Hum and wifey Holee Jinx a GOOD Lesson! XJP had already shown his COLOUR via detention of the military toys in HK and a snub at Mai Hum by not including SinKapore in his OBOR program! Mai Hum still THINKS his is Tua Kee. Tua Kee maybe BUT Limbek one!

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  • #06-191 Bang your head and die:

    Also don’t understand why vaciines should have different status.

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  • tan ku ku:

    Ah Tan hoping Sg becomes Sg $AR OF CHINA so he can become the first CHIEF EXECUTIVE?

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  • #08-193 Huang Ba Dan Always:

    “Patients who prefer Sinovac have to get it from a private clinic and pay a fee to the clinic for the injection. The vaccine is provided free by the government.”

    You mean other vaccines provided free ? Only Sinovac have to pay?

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  • Master Of The Universe:

    And so spoke Pfizer-jabbed Master-of-Know-it-all, CCP-flag-waving, TKL.

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  • Billy ma:

    Underwear made in China? Can wear. Even shirts & pants.
    Fruit & vegetables? Can eat. Not much issue.

    But vaccine made in China?
    Wait a minute now.
    Goods delivered 6 mths ago & no data from China maker even after many requests & feedback?
    Now that’s a bit too suspicious & unbecoming of a serious corporation.

    Anyway, even if this China vaccine is put up as one of the approved choices, very highly that large majority of Singaporeans will not want to get that vaccine into our bodies.

    Taking any vaccine is already a risk, it’s surely very unwise to take further risk with a higher risk vaccine.

    It’s not about trouble with China.
    It’s about our lives at stake.

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  • Nathan Chen:

    $20 per shot. Got to register first. Will call within two weeks to inform you the day and time you will get the shot from the private clinic concerned.

    More details later.

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  • oxxo:

    So where is that xoxo man.
    No more kpkb here.

    Seeing more and more kpkb stinkies drop off,one by one here.

    PAP SURE WIN ,ALL THE WAY!
    Hahaha! Majulah PAP.

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  • nathan chen:

    Shenton Medical Group – Toa Payoh
    Lor 1 Toa Payoh,
    #01-561

    Tel 6259 0991 for opening/ closing hours

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  • SEND FOREIGNERS HOME:

    Straits Times: S’pore’s total employment falls in Q2 but unemployment rates improve: MOM

    The BEST (and cheapest) way to improve the employment situation for Singaporeans is to cancel the work visa of foreigners to force them to leave the country. Unemployed or underemployed Singaporeans can takeover their job.

    Sending foreigners home will also raise local wages because of shortage of workers. It would also save taxpayers’ money because a employed Singaporean with good pay does not need assistance from the government.

    Taxpayers’ money should not be wasted on foreigners in Singapore.

    SINGAPOREANS FIRST. ALWAYS. SEND FOREIGNER HOME.

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  • Protect Aliens Party:

    This is why govt should not divide us into vaccinated and unvaccinated and only allow people jabbed with Pfizer / Moderna to dine-in and go gym.

    It is the govt which doesn’t want to recognise Sinovac as a a vaccine yet. People willing to pay for the Sinovac jab yet govt says ‘bo pakay’. So, is it fair to discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated yet?

    Govt is still dragging its feet to approve Sinovac yet wants to rush to achieve 80% full cover vaccination by Sept. Is it not obvious that they’re indirectly forcing people to take the mRNA shots from Pfizer / Moderna? Can’t help but wonder, do these 2 pharmaceutical companies actually give a percentage of their profits to governments?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on ST :Quote-”Covid-19 Delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox, says CDC internal report

    There were 71,000 new cases per day on average in the United States, as of July 29, 2021.PHOTO: AFP
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    NEW YORK (NYTIMES) – The Delta variant is much more contagious, more likely to break through protections afforded by vaccines and may cause more severe disease than all other known versions of the coronavirus, according to an internal presentation circulated within the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the agency, acknowledged on Tuesday (July 27) that vaccinated people with so-called breakthrough infections of the Delta variant carry just as much virus in their nose and throat as unvaccinated people, and may spread it just as readily, if less often.

    But the internal document lays out a broader and grimmer view of the variant.

    The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause the Middle East respiratory syndrome, the severe acute respiratory syndrome, Ebola, the common cold, the seasonal flu and smallpox, and it is as contagious as chickenpox, according to the document, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times.

    The immediate next step for the agency is to “acknowledge the war has changed”, the document said. Its contents were first reported by The Washington Post on Thursday evening.

    The document’s tone reflects alarm among CDC scientists about the Delta variant’s spread across the country, said a federal official who has seen the research described in the document.

    The agency is expected to publish additional data on the variant on Friday.

    “The CDC is very concerned with the data coming in that Delta is a very serious threat that requires action now,” the official said.

    There were 71,000 new cases a day on average in the United States, as at Thursday. The new data suggests that vaccinated people are spreading the virus and contributing to those numbers, although probably to a far lesser degree than the unvaccinated.

    Dr Walensky has called transmission by vaccinated people a rare event, but other scientists have suggested it may be more common than once thought.

    The agency’s new masking guidelines for vaccinated people, introduced on Tuesday, were based on the information presented in the document.

    The CDC recommended that vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public settings in communities with high transmission of the virus.

    But the internal document hints that even that recommendation may not go far enough.

    “Given higher transmissibility and current vaccine coverage, universal masking is essential,” the document said…..”Unquote.

    Response :Delta virus is as contagious as chicken pox !Pui ! Kick out all the Indians from our offices ! Pui !

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  • Partial truth?:

    Okay, as an example. If one purcase China products before ( all the weird unheard of brands. Don’t you find the specifications or the manual, the provided information are limited.

    Sometmes all these safety UL or CE or other standards approval logo also fake one.

    Fans from my personal experience brands like My Choice or Giant or Powerpac….the wiring the motor are using aluminium instead of copper. Quite jialat.

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  • opposition dude:

    It’s basically the whole world against China the way I see it. Sinovac may be effective but the damage has already been done when it was first reported that it isn’t as effective as the ang moh’s medicine. And no one wants 3 jabs of China’s vaccine because no one likes to have needles injected into them not once, not twice but THREE bloody times mind you.

    True that some countries are using Sinovac and I hope it’s effective for their populations. If Sinovac can improve and get its efficacy up to around the same as Pfizer and Moderna this will it out greatly. A good portion of developed countries’ populations have already been vaccinated so the third world countries will need the vaccines as soon as possible and in great quantities.

    Just let both western and eastern vaccines continue to be in development. In time to come tests will be done on both to see if one is better than the rest or both are at the same level.

    Nothing to worry about if you have had both jabs lah.

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  • No wonder:

    You should congratulate yourself for having a fan with space age technology. Aluminum wiring is used in the latest aircraft and spacecraft.

    Partial truth?:
    Okay, as an example. If one purcase China products before ( all the weird unheard of brands. Don’t you find the specifications or the manual, the provided information are limited.

    Sometmes all these safety UL or CE or other standards approval logo also fake one.

    Fans from my personal experience brands like My Choice or Giant or Powerpac….the wiring the motor are using aluminium instead of copper. Quite jialat.

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  • Notes from our neighbors:

    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/malaysia-stop-using-sinovac-vaccine-after-supply-ends-minister-2021-07-15/

    KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Reuters) – Malaysia’s health ministry on Thursday said the country will stop administering the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac (SVA.O) once its supplies end, as it has a sufficient number of other vaccines for its programme.

    Malaysia’s inoculation drive will be largely anchored by the Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE) mRNA vaccine moving forward, health minister Adham Baba told a news conference with other top ministry officials.

    The announcement to stop using Sinovac’s inactivated virus vaccine comes amid increasing concern over its efficacy against new and more contagious variants of the coronavirus.

    Neighbouring Thailand this week said it would use the AstraZeneca (AZN.L) vaccine as a second dose for those who received the Sinovac shot, while Indonesia is considering a booster shot for those who received the two-dose Sinovac course.

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  • I don’t think Mr Tan will be feeling so safe now among those vaccinated after reading what the CDC has to say about those vaccinated and viral load.

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  • No wonder:

    Don’t be brainwashed. If no data, you think the WHO would approved it.

    More of the non-stop brainwashing.
    https://www.rt.com/op-ed/530706-nyt-china-olympic-success-article/

    Sport is sport, and may the most deserving athletes win, wherever they are from. The fact that the New York Times could produce such an utterly dreadful article on China is not surprising, yet it is endemic of a broader trend in US media, which – in line with the government’s foreign policy – has become as negative, vilifying and outright hysterical as possible.

    Is it any wonder why people in China have come to increasingly despise foreign reporting? The big three US newspapers in particular – the NYT, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal – spew an endless daily conveyor belt of anti-Chinese stories which seek to nitpick, discredit, and attack every single development within the country, often on utterly ridiculous premises.

    For one small, but not exclusive, example, recent coverage reveals an obsession with hammering a narrative that China’s vaccines don’t work.

    Now, we’re seeing the suggestion that China’s achievements at the Olympics ought to be discredited as some brutal political conspiracy which deliberately streamlines athletes into irrelevant sports – sports only Americans consider irrelevant, of course – and therefore, they don’t count.

    Billy ma: But vaccine made in China?
    Wait a minute now.
    Goods delivered 6 mths ago & no data from China maker even after many requests & feedback?
    Now that’s a bit too suspicious & unbecoming of a serious corporation.

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  • Can someone please help explain:

    The r-naught of the Delta strain of the C19 is reportedly 6, which implies a single infected would be able to infect 6 others and so on and so forth.

    In the daily figures released by the MOH, it has always been 100 or so, which makes completely no sense at all. Shouldn’t we see an exponential daily increase in the figures for those infected?

    Just look at the marked difference in Malaysia and other countries, their figures are more realistic, isn’t it?

    I wonder if the LEEders in Sinkieland has made a pact with the virus to please bite only 100+ a day and no more. lol

    Or maybe, just maybe the MOH has a quota to test only 100+ infected a day and then KIV the additional ones to tomorrow and so on and so forth?

    Hm……….

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  • Partial truth?:

    Nothing to congratulate.

    Aluminium wiring was use many many years ago. Nothing advanced. Subsequently rejected. U cant even use it for household purposes.

    https://structuretech.com/aluminum-wiring-2/

    Why do you think throw those fans ( brands i mentioned above )? Model Lifespan less than 2 years.
    My KDK fan more than 15 years still steady and quiet.

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  • R-naught:

    https://www.healthline.com/health/r-nought-reproduction-number#how-its-calculated

    R-naught is estimated based on many assumptions. One assumption is that the contacts are “pure” – never come into contact with the virus or vaccine. Some other assumptions – no mask, no distancing, contact rate, …

    With such a high proportion of people who have had some contact with covid or the vaccine, and with some masking and distancing, the actual transmission should be much lower.

    TRE Techie: Can someone please help explain:

    The r-naught of the Delta strain of the C19 is reportedly 6, which implies a single infected would be able to infect 6 others and so on and so forth.

    In the daily figures released by the MOH, it has always been 100 or so, which makes completely no sense at all. Shouldn’t we see an exponential daily increase in the figures for those infected?

    Tech: Ah… I see. Thanks for the information.

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  • Lower Efficacy Matters:

    1. Although Sinovac vaccine has a lower efficacy level in stopping the infection, it does not really matter. The studies have shown that Sinovac is able to prevent patients from falling seriously ill.

    If lower efficacy does not matter, why are several countries in Asia after using Sinovac is considering other type of Covid-19 vaccines for second shot and booster shot?

    Guess Singapore government is reluctant to follow the steps of these countries. But, somehow have to somehow live up to the vindictive super power.

    This may not be in the mainstream news yet. It was reported that China is considering using BionTech (Pfizer-BionTech) mRNA vaccine as booster shot.

    https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Caixin/China-to-use-BioNTech-vaccine-as-booster-shot-sources-say

    https://www.fiercepharma.com/manufacturing/biontech-fosun-pharma-eye-1b-doses-covid-19-vaccine-capacity-new-china-jv

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  • China Vaccine:

    China WHO approved Vaccine should be put on the same category as the American one.
    More people ,especially old one will get Vaccinated as targeted,
    Simple solution. Why so difficult to make ?

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