Australia returns 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Singapore

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A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose at a vaccination centre in Singapore.
A Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose at a vaccination centre in Singapore. (PHOTO: Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — Australia has returned about half a million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine to Singapore, as part of the dose-sharing arrangement that both countries agreed on in August this year.

The doses were returned on Thursday (18 November), said Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the same day. 

Under the agreement, the city-state had sent around 500,000 vaccine doses to Australia in September, in order to help accelerate the country's vaccination rollout. "The returned doses from Australia will support Singapore’s ongoing programme to administer COVID-19 booster vaccinations to eligible segments of our population," said MFA. 

Throughout the pandemic, both countries have also shared best practices to combat COVID-19, cooperated to keep markets open and ensure supply chain connectivity, and worked together to resume two-way quarantine-free travel, added the ministry.

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