In the midst of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Singapore is trying to re-open the business sector.
As known, Singapore is one of the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world. This achievement is a capital for them to be better prepared to coexist with Covid-19 like other common diseases such as the flu.
That pragmatic approach will set an example for other countries, looking to emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown, as they scale up their own inoculation programs.
Singapore has only reported 44 deaths since January 2020.
Experts predict most deaths will occur among the oldest age group, who remain unvaccinated despite being eligible for less than half a year.
80 percent of the population aged 70 years and over have been fully vaccinated. While the population aged 60-69 years reached 88 percent on August 16, 2021.
“If countries start moving towards a Covid-19 endemic strategy, it is predicted that there will be more related deaths, although it remains unclear how many of these will be excess deaths. and how much will happen regardless of Covid-19,” said Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS.