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Singapore hits 80% vaccine threshold seen as key to easing

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Bloomberg8/29/2021 10:05 PM GMT+08  • 3 min read
Singapore hits 80% vaccine threshold seen as key to easing
It has one of the world’s best vaccination rates
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Singapore has outpaced most advanced economies to fully vaccinate 80% of its population against Covid-19, paving the way for the small but wealthy city-state to forge ahead with reopening in an approach that’s closely watched by the rest of the world still figuring out how to live with the virus.

“We have crossed another milestone, where 80% of our population has received their full regimen of two doses,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in a Facebook post on Sunday Aug 29. “It means Singapore has taken another step forward in making ourselves more resilient to Covid-19.”

Senior officials have pegged the vaccination milestone to the government’s cautious strategy, pledging to use the high rate to gradually open up more economic and social activities, as well as quarantine-free travel.

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