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COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Outs in ASEAN & Asia – Live Updates by Country

Posted: 26th March 2021 15:17

ASEAN Coronavirus Updates (Live Updates by Country)

Brunei

Brunei has joined the global Covax scheme and is expecting to have the COVID-19 vaccine in Q1 2021, having sourced enough supplies to cover 50% of the population. Discussions are on-going with other suppliers.   

  • Brunei saw one new case on March 21, bringing the total to 206 amid three deaths.
  • Brunei reported two new cases on March 20, bringing the total to 205.
  • Brunei saw one new case on March 17, taking the total to 203.

Cambodia

Cambodia is expected to import vaccines from both China and Russia. China’s vaccines are still undergoing clinical trials while Russia has already commenced production. Australia has offered financial support to aid vaccine coverage in several southeast Asia countries including Cambodia.  

  • Cambodia recorded 96 new cases and three deaths on March 26, taking the total to 1,968 cases and eight deaths.
  • Cambodia saw 55 new cases on March 25, taking the tallies to 1,872 amid five deaths.
  • Cambodia reported 29 new cases and one death on March 24, bringing the totals to 1,817 cases and five deaths.

Indonesia

Indonesia has commenced vaccinations with just over nine million doses being given to front line workers from last month. China’s Sinovac is in discussions with Indonesia to provide supplies, however, the Government faces difficulties with a large population of 268 million and price sensitivity at Sinovac’s estimated costs at 200,000 rupiah (US$20) a dose. Indonesia’s Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Director-General Achmad Yurianto said that vaccinations would only be provided to citizens aged 18-59. The vaccine has also been required to pass halal certification prior to use and it is uncertain how the country can source enough vaccines to reach a sizeable part of its population.  Australia has stated it will also provide financial support to solve these issues.  

  • Indonesia recorded 4,982 new cases and 85 deaths on March 26, bringing the tallies to 1,487,541 cases and 40,166 deaths.
  • Indonesia saw 6,107 new cases and 98 deaths on March 25, taking the totals to 1,482,559 cases and 40,081 deaths.
  • Indonesia recorded 5,227 new cases and 118 deaths on March 24, taking the tallies to 1,476,452 cases and 39,983 deaths.

Laos

Laos has been trialing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and is also in discussions with China about acquiring supplies.  

  • Laos reported one new case on March 17, bringing the total to 49.
  • As of March 13, Laos has 48 cases.
  • Two new cases reported on March 5, taking the total to 47.

Malaysia

Malaysia is to provide vaccines free of charge to its nationals, but foreigners will need to pay for the treatment, according to the Malaysian Minister of Health, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who has signed a deal with Pfizer for 12.8 million doses. These will be administered in two stages of 6.4 million people each, with the program to commence in Q1 2021. The country aims to inoculate between 80-100% of its citizens. 

  • Malaysia reported 1,275 new cases and one death on March 26, bringing the tallies to 339,443 cases and 1,249 deaths.
  • Malaysia saw 1,360 new cases and two deaths on March 25, taking the totals to 338,168 cases and 1,248 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 1,268 new cases and two deaths on March 24, taking the tallies to 336,808 cases and 1,246 deaths.

Myanmar

Myanmar is seeking assistance from the Gavi and Covax programs to acquire vaccines, while Australia is also providing financial relief. At present, the Government aims to treat 20 percent of the ‘most at risk’ in the country with vaccines. The Government is struggling with finances and logistics and is also under US sanctions, while cases are surging. The Government has banned the celebration of Christmas and other seasonal celebrations.   

  • The country reported 23 new cases on March 25, taking the total to 142,315 amid 3,204 deaths.
  • The country saw 28 new cases on March 24, taking the total to 142,292 amid 3,204 deaths.
  • Myanmar saw 18 new cases on March 23, bringing the total to 142,264 amid 3,204 deaths.

Philippines

The Philippines aims to commence vaccinations from June 2021 and expects to inoculate about 25 million people (about 25 percent of its population) over the course of the year. The country has been badly affected by the virus and has the second-highest rate in Southeast Asia. The business community has reacted, more than 30 local companies signed an agreement to purchase at least 2.6 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca in the country’s first such deal to secure coronavirus vaccines, ten days ago. They plan to donate a large part of the doses to the government for its planned vaccination program and use the rest to inoculate their employees. 

  • The Philippines reported 9,838 new cases and 54 deaths on March 26, bringing the totals to 702,856 cases and 13,149 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 8,773 new cases and 56 deaths on March 25, taking the totals to 693,048 cases and 13,095 deaths.
  • The country recorded 6,666 new cases and 47 deaths on March 24, bringing the totals to 684,311 cases and 13,039 deaths.

Singapore

Singapore has been working on producing its own ‘Lunar’ vaccine, in a joint venture between the US company Arcturus together with the Duke-NUS medical school. It is a single dose, mRNA shot, developed from genetically engineering COVID-19 genes into an otherwise harmless virus. This technique is marginally safer than other vaccines which rely on dead Covid-19 material to provoke an immune response. The vaccine is expected to be available from Q1 2021. High-risk personnel will receive the vaccine first in a process to be determined by the government.     

  • Singapore saw 12 new cases on March 26, taking the total to 60,265 cases amid 30 deaths.
  • Singapore reported 17 new cases on March 25, bringing the total to 60,253 amid 30 deaths.
  • The country reported 15 new cases on March 24, taking the total to 60,236 amid 30 deaths.

Thailand

Thailand is currently expecting vaccines to be delivered in mid-2021. The doses would cover 13 million people in a population of about 69 million. Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute signed a non-refundable advance market commitment contract worth 2.38 billion baht (US$79 million) with AstraZeneca to reserve the supplies. Discussions are also on-going with Oxford University in the UK to secure a vaccine that could be available in Q1 if trials are completed in time.   

  • Thailand saw 134 new cases on March 26, taking the total to 28,577 cases amid 92 deaths.
  • Thailand reported 97 new cases on March 25, taking the total to 28,443 amid 92 deaths.
  • Thailand reported 69 new cases on March 24, bringing the total to 28,346 cases amid 92 deaths.

Vietnam

Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), a division of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, has signed an agreement with Medigen Vaccine, a Taipei, Taiwan-based vaccine company to secure the supply of 3 million to 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021. Medigen is currently conducting Phase II studies of the vaccine, co-developed with the USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Taiwan and Vietnam with a view to a Q1 2021 rollout.  

Vietnam is also working on producing its own vaccine, with the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC) in Nha Trang City, partnering with New York City-based Icahn School of Medicine and the global health non-profit organization PATH. Phase 1 trials are already underway in Vietnam, while Phases 2 & 3 will be conducted at the beginning of 2021. The institute plans to submit documents for approval to the health ministry as early as April next year and claims to be capable of producing 30 million doses a year, expecting that a national vaccine could be distributed to the general population in October 2021.

  • As of March 26, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 2,579 cases of COVID-19. However, 2,265 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The two latest cases reported were illegal entrants coming from Cambodia via Phu Quoc island.
  • As of March 25, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 2,576 cases of COVID-19. However, 2,265 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest cases were imported and quarantined on arrival.
  • As of March 24, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 2,576 cases of COVID-19. However, 2,246 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest cases were imported and quarantined on arrival.

Other Asian Countries and Regions

Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces two pandemics at the same time, Covid-19 and Polio. UNICEF is currently embarking on an urgent Polio vaccination program while the country is in talks with both China and Russia oversupplying COVID-19 vaccines. Government-imposed lockdowns increased conflict with the Taliban, and an overall lack of awareness of the disease has prevented many Afghani’s from obtaining treatment of either. 

  • Afghanistan has 56,254 cases and 2,469 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Afghanistan has 56,226 cases and 2,467 deaths.
  • Afghanistan has 56,192 cases and 2,466 deaths as of March 23.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh will receive 68 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Gavi, which is committed to ensuring at least 20 percent of populations are inoculated. Each complete dose will cost about 200 Taka (US$2). The country is also in discussions with India concerning a further 30 million doses from the Serum Institute at about 450 Taka (US$5). Vaccinations are expected to commence in Q1 2021.     

  • Bangladesh has 584,395 cases and 8,797 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Bangladesh has 580,808 cases and 8,763 deaths.
  • Bangladesh has 577,241 cases and 8,738 deaths as of March 23.

Bahrain

Bahrain has begun COVID-19 vaccinations for front line personnel using a joint Chinese-UAE Sinopharm product. Roll out among the general population is expected in Q1 2021.  

  • Bahrain has 139,124 cases and 508 deaths as of March 25.
  • Bahrain has 138,283 cases and 507 deaths as of March 24.
  • Bahrain has 137,550 cases and 503 deaths as of March 23.

China

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For a complete overview of China’s vaccine availability please go here.

  • China reported 11 new cases on March 26, bringing the total to 90,147.
  • China saw 11 new cases on March 25, taking the total to 90,136.
  • China recorded 10 new cases on March 24, taking the total to 90,125.

East Timor

East Timor is receiving assistance from the Gavi Institute.  

  • East Timor has 394 cases as of March 25.
  • East Timor has 372 cases as of March 24.
  • East Timor has 351 cases as of March 23.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong will provide COVID-19 vaccines free to all residents, with a vaccine being delivered in stages. The government has said it may take most of 2021 to reach 100 percent coverage for all citizens.  

  • As of March 25, Hong Kong has 11,429 cases and 204 deaths.
  • As of March 24, Hong Kong has 11,420 cases and 204 deaths.
  • Hong Kong has 11,410 cases and 204 deaths as of March 23.

India

For a complete overview of India’s vaccine availability please go here.

  • As of March 25, India has 11,846,082 cases and 160,983 deaths.
  • India has 11,787,013 cases and 160,726 deaths as of March 24.
  • Our new India-specific updates can be found here.

Iran

Iran is jointly producing a COVID-19 vaccine with Russia, and the product has entered trials. National inoculation is expected to commence in September 2021.   

  • As of March 25, Iran has 1,830,823 cases and 62,142 deaths.
  • Iran has 1,823,317 cases and 62,045 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Iran has 1,815,712 cases and 61,951 deaths.

Iraq

Iraq is currently in discussions with US company Pfizer concerning supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine. Supplies are expected in Q2 2021. 

  • Iraq has 815,605 cases and 14,128 deaths as of March 25.
  • Iraq has 809,092 cases and 14,095 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Iraq has 803,041 cases and 14,066 deaths.

Japan

Japan is sourcing 145 million doses of vaccine from the United States and the UK and will be delivering them free of charge to all citizens commencing Q1 2021. 

  • Japan has 460,897 cases and 8,938 deaths as of March 25.
  • Japan has 459,043 cases and 8,908 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Japan has 457,754 cases and 8,861 deaths.

Jordan

Jordan is sourcing vaccines from Pfizer and expects to commence vaccinations from Q1 2021. 

  • Jordan has 571,290 cases and 6,277 deaths as of March 25.
  • Jordan has 562,857 cases and 6,181 deaths as of March 24.
  • Jordan has 553,727 cases and 6,077 deaths as of March 23.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has been developing its own vaccines with ‘Quazcovid’ being admitted by the WHO as a safe candidate. These are currently undergoing trials with a roll out expected in Q2 2021.  

  • Kazakhstan has 236,200 cases and 2,941 deaths as of March 25.
  • Kazakhstan has 235,095 cases and 2,941 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Kazakhstan has 234,007 cases and 2,941 deaths.

Kuwait

All citizens, including expatriates, will receive COVID-19 vaccines for free. Kuwait is importing one million vaccines from Pfizer, 1.7 million from Moderna, and three million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and will commence a nationwide program from January.

  • Kuwait has 224,432 cases and 1,258 deaths as of March 25.
  • Kuwait has 223,042 cases and 1,256 deaths as of March 24.
  • Kuwait has 221,743 cases and 1,246 deaths as of March 23.

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is sourcing vaccines from Russia with the Sputnik V vaccine expected to be rolled out in Q2 2021. 

  • As of March 25, Kyrgyzstan has 87,758 cases and 1,494 deaths.
  • Kyrgyzstan has 87,652 cases and 1,492 deaths as of March 24.
  • Kyrgyzstan has 87,537 cases and 1,490 deaths as of March 23.

Lebanon

Lebanon is sourcing vaccines from Pfizer and is expected to take deliveries from mid-February 2021.  

  • Lebanon has 452,281 cases and 5,964 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Lebanon has 448,721 cases and 5,903 deaths.
  • Lebanon has 444,865 cases and 5,850 deaths as of March 23.

Macao

Macao is part of the Covax scheme and is expected to receive 1.4 million doses of vaccine. The product will cost Pataca 300 (US$40). Roll out is expected in late Q1 2021.   

  • Macao has 48 cases as of February 5.
  • The number of cases has reached 45 as of July 24.
  • Macao records a single infection, bringing the total to 43.

Maldives

The Maldives will receive vaccines under the Covax program and will receive enough products to reach 20 percent of its population. Roll out is expected in Q2 2021.  

  • The Maldives has 23,091 cases and 66 deaths as of March 25.
  • The Maldives has 22,929 cases and 66 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, the Maldives has 22,790 cases and 66 deaths.

Mongolia

Mongolia is in discussions with Astra-Zeneca to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and is also part of the Covax scheme. Roll out is expected in Q2 2021. 

  • Mongolia has 5,895 cases and five deaths as of March 25.
  • Mongolia has 5,610 cases and five deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Mongolia has 5,392 cases and five deaths.

Nepal

Nepal will source COVID-19 vaccines under the Covax program and will also purchase supplies from India. The rollout is expected from Q2 2021.  

  • Nepal has 276,509 cases and 3,020 deaths as of March 25.
  • Nepal has 276,389 cases and 3,020 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Nepal has 276,244 cases and 3,019 deaths.

North Korea

North Korea is expected to receive Covid-19 vaccines from China, with rumors that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un has already received treatment as part of medical trials.  

  • North Korea has reported its first case on July 25, the city of Kaesong is under lockdown.

Oman

Oman has sourced COVID-19 vaccines from Gavi and is buying additional supplies from Astra-Zeneca and Pfizer. Roll out will commence from January 2021 with each shot costing 10 Rial (US$24).    

  • Oman has 153,838 cases and 1,650 deaths as of March 25.
  • Oman has 153,105 cases and 1,644 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Oman has 152,364 cases and 1,633 deaths.

Pakistan

Pakistan is also suffering from a Polio epidemic and is struggling with dealing with both. However, it has stated it will provide the vaccine for free with national inoculations to start from April 2021. 

  • Pakistan has 640,988 cases and 14,028 deaths as of March 25.
  • Pakistan has 637,042 cases and 13,965 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Pakistan has 633,741 cases and 13,935 deaths.

Palestine

Israel is currently negotiating with the UAE to provide 1.5 million doses of vaccine to Palestine. The product is expected to be the Russian Sputnik V treatment and should be available to Palestinians in Q2 2021.   

  • Palestine has 232,038 cases and 2,521 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Palestine has 230,076 cases and 2,501 deaths.
  • Palestine has 228,044 cases and 2,478 deaths as of March 23.

Qatar

Qatar has signed an agreement with Moderna to provide Covid-19 vaccines and has also signed deals with Pfizer and BioNTech. These will be made available from late Q1 2021. 

  • Qatar has 175,919 cases and 281 deaths as of March 25.
  • Qatar has 175,332 cases and 278 deaths as of March 24.
  • Qatar has 174,762 cases and 275 deaths as of March 23.

Russia

A complete overview of the availability and production of Russian Covid-19 vaccines and costs can be found here.

  • Russia has 4,492,692 cases and 96,612 deaths as of March 25.
  • Russia has 4,483,471 cases and 96,219 deaths as of March 24.
  • Our new Russia-specific updates here.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries and Medical Appliances Corp. (SPIMACO) said last week that it had signed an agreement with the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac to provide Covid-19 vaccine. It plans to cover 70 percent of its population by the end of 2021 with treatment being available for free. The initial roll out is expected to be at the end of Q1 2021. 

  • Saudi Arabia has 386,782 cases and 6,630 deaths as of March 25.
  • Saudi Arabia has 386,300 cases and 6,624 deaths as of March 24.
  • As of March 23, Saudi Arabia has 385,834 cases and 6,618 deaths.

South Korea

South Korea has reached a deal with AstraZeneca to purchase its coronavirus vaccine candidate and is in final talks with global drug-makers including AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc, and Johnson & Johnson over their vaccines. It launched a preliminary review of AstraZeneca’s product in October for potential fast-track approval. Roll out is expected in Q1 2021. 

  • As of March 26, South Korea has 100,770 cases and 1,716 deaths.
  • South Korea has 100,276 cases and 1,709 deaths as of March 25.
  • South Korea has 99,846 cases and 1,707 deaths as of March 24.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is to receive 4.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Gavi, enough to cover 20 percent of the population. It has not yet released information on when these will be made available.    

  • Sri Lanka has 91,289 cases and 554 deaths as of March 25.
  • Sri Lanka has 91,018 cases and 552 deaths as of March 24.
  • Sri Lanka has 90,765 cases and 552 deaths as of March 23.

Taiwan

Taiwan has been developing its own vaccine and is also part of the Covax scheme. It has stated it will be able to manufacture enough of its own product for 50 percent population coverage with roll-out expected in Q1 2021.  

  • Taiwan has 1,012 cases and 10 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Taiwan has 1,009 cases and 10 deaths.
  • Taiwan has 1,007 cases and 10 deaths as of March 23.

Turkey

Turkey has purchased 50 million doses of China’s Cornavac, manufactured by Sinopharm. These will be made available for free to the most at-risk population, inoculations start on December 11. Other treatments will be purchased and made available via medical outlets during the year and sold at cost price, and are likely to include products from Pfizer and Russia.   

  • Turkey has 3,120,013 cases and 30,619 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Turkey has 3,091,282 cases and 30,462 deaths.
  • Turkey has 3,061,520 cases and 30,316 deaths as of March 23.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE is expected to authorize the use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine which is nearing the end of its clinical trials in the Emirates.  The UAE’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was inoculated as part of the testing. Roll out is expected in Q1 2021. The UAE is also manufacturing the vaccine and hopes to produce between 75-100 million doses during the year.  

  • The UAE has 448,637 cases and 1,466 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, the UAE has 446,594 cases and 1,456 deaths.
  • The UAE has 444,398 cases and 1,451 deaths as of March 23.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has been trailing China’s Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical vaccine in addition to vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V. Roll out is expected in Q1 2021. 

  • Uzbekistan has 81,816 cases and 624 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Uzbekistan has 81,678 cases and 623 deaths.
  • Uzbekistan has 81,559 cases and 622 deaths as of March 23.

Yemen

Yemen is suffering from war and diseases such as diphtheria, while local politicians have made wild claims that the country will develop its own COVID-19 vaccine. It is a member of the Gavi program and relief is likely to come from humanitarian sources.   

  • Yemen has 3,816 cases and 810 deaths as of March 25.
  • As of March 24, Yemen has 3,703 cases and 800 deaths.
  • Yemen has 3,612 cases and 785 deaths as of March 23.

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