SINGAPORE —- Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received a vaccine against the COVID-19 virus on Friday as the island nation started immunizing its small population.
Singapore took delivery of its first vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, on Dec. 23 and hopes to cover its entire population of about 4.5 million as well as foreign residents. The vaccine will be given out for free.
The government has not said how many it has purchased but has said it hopes to inoculate everyone by the third quarter of 2021.
Health care workers and the elderly will be among the first to receive the vaccine.