Singapore was the first country to have received Pfizer vaccines. This is a good news for the island nation, and the influence of the positive development is going to spill over to other parts of Asia, as the transport minister Ong Ye Kung said he was confident that Singapore could become the centre to distribute the vaccines.
This is no easy feast. Other than Singapore Airlines Cargo’s effort to rehearse the process of transporting the vaccines from Belgium to Singapore just one week earlier, it also takes herculean efforts from DHL, UPS, FedEx as well as SATS Coolport to make this possible. SATS facilities are able to produce four tonnes of dry ice each day to facilitate the transportation of Pfizer vaccines which require -70 degree Celsius storage.
In other words, each step from delivery to storage to actually getting people vaccinated requires nothing else but science and work ethics. Territories still arguing about political ideologies and faith will have a hard time to catch up.
If Singapore manages to get most of its residents and workers vaccinated in phases in 2021, would they want to open borders for foreigners to get vaccinated? Some foreigners might have to wait longer before they could get Pfizer vaccines in their home countries. If Singapore allows foreigners to get vaccinated, the city state might get a boost for what I would coin ‘vaccination-tourism’.
And I will think about it, if there is a chance.