COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Outs in ASEAN & Asia – Live Updates by Country

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(This article will be updated continuously. It was originally published on January 28, 2020. It was last updated on January 24, 2021)

Details of COVID-19 availability in all ten ASEAN countries and another 30 Asian nations.

Due to the developing situation in China and Asia concerning the Coronavirus, we will be operating this article as a running live update service to keep businesses involved in ASEAN and Asia updated with the latest relevant regional news.

For specific updates concerning China and related business advisory, please click here.

ASEAN coronavirus updates (Live updates by country)

Brunei

Brunei has joined the global Covax scheme and is expecting to have the COVID-19 vaccine in Q1 2021, having sourced enough supplies to cover 50% of the population. Discussions are on-going with other suppliers.   

  • Brunei saw one new case on January 22, taking the total to 175.
  • Brunei reported one new case on January 12, bringing the total to 174.
  • Brunei saw one new case on January 7, taking the total to 173.
  • The country saw 15 new cases on January 3, taking the total to 172.
  • Brunei recorded five new cases on December 30, bringing the total to 157.

Cambodia

Cambodia is expected to import vaccines from both China and Russia. China’s vaccines are still undergoing clinical trials while Russia has already commenced production. Australia has offered financial support to aid vaccine coverage in several southeast Asia countries including Cambodia.  

  • Cambodia reported two new cases on January 23, taking the total to 458.
  • Cambodia recorded three new cases on January 22, bringing the total to 456.
  • The country saw five new cases on January 21, taking the total to 453.
  • Cambodia reported seven new cases on January 20, bringing the total to 448.
  • Cambodia recorded two new cases on January 18, bringing the total to 441.
  • Cambodia reported three new cases on January 17, bringing the total to 439.

Indonesia

Indonesia has commenced vaccinations with just over nine million doses being given to front line workers from last month. China’s Sinovac is in discussions with Indonesia to provide supplies, however, the Government faces difficulties with a large population of 268 million and price sensitivity at Sinovac’s estimated costs at 200,000 rupiah (US$20) a dose. Indonesia’s Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Director-General Achmad Yurianto said that vaccinations would only be provided to citizens aged 18-59. The vaccine has also been required to pass halal certification prior to use and it is uncertain how the country can source enough vaccines to reach a sizeable part of its population.  Australia has stated it will also provide financial support to solve these issues.  

  • Indonesia saw 11,788 new cases and 171 deaths on January 24, bringing the tallies to 989,262 cases and 27,835 deaths.
  • Indonesia saw 12,191 new cases and 211 deaths on January 23, bringing the totals to 977,474 cases and 27,664 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 13,632 new cases and 250 deaths on January 22, taking the tallies to 965,283 cases and 27,453 deaths.
  • Indonesia recorded 11,703 new cases and 346 deaths on January 21, bringing the totals to 951,651 cases and 27,203 deaths.

Laos

Laos has been trialing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and is also in discussions with China about acquiring supplies.  

  • Laos saw two new cases on December 7, bringing the total to 41.
  • Laos saw 14 new cases on November 25, taking the total to 39.
  • The country saw one new case on November 17, taking the total to 25.
  • One new case reported on October 21, taking the total to 24.
  • One new case on September 12, taking the total to 23.
  • Two new cases recorded on August 14, taking the total to 22.
  • The country saw one new case on July 24, taking the total to 20.

Malaysia

Malaysia is to provide vaccines free of charge to its nationals, but foreigners will need to pay for the treatment, according to the Malaysian Minister of Health, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who has signed a deal with Pfizer for 12.8 million doses. These will be administered in two stages of 6.4 million people each, with the program to commence in Q1 2021. The country aims to inoculate between 80-100% of its citizens. 

  • Malaysia reported 3,346 new cases and 11 deaths on January 24, taking the totals to 183,801 cases and 678 deaths.
  • Malaysia recorded 4,275 new cases and seven deaths on January 23, bringing the tallies to 180,455 cases and 667 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 3,631 new cases and 18 deaths on January 22, taking the totals to 176,180 cases and 660 deaths.
  • Malaysia recorded 3,170 new cases and 12 deaths on January 21, bringing the tallies to 172,549 cases and 642 deaths.

Myanmar

Myanmar is seeking assistance from the Gavi and Covax programs to acquire vaccines, while Australia is also providing financial relief. At present, the Government aims to treat 20 percent of the ‘most at risk’ in the country with vaccines. The Government is struggling with finances and logistics and is also under US sanctions, while cases are surging. The Government has banned the celebration of Christmas and other seasonal celebrations.   

  • Myanmar reported 507 new cases and 14 deaths on January 23, bringing the tallies to 137,098 cases and 3,045 deaths.
  • Myanmar saw 425 cases and 18 deaths on January 22, taking the totals to 136,591 cases and 3,031 deaths.
  • Myanmar recorded 445 new cases and 16 deaths on January 21, bringing the totals to 136,166 cases and 3,013 deaths.

Philippines

The Philippines aims to commence vaccinations from June 2021 and expects to inoculate about 25 million people (about 25 percent of its population) over the course of the year. The country has been badly affected by the virus and has the second-highest rate in Southeast Asia. The business community has reacted, more than 30 local companies signed an agreement to purchase at least 2.6 million vaccine doses from AstraZeneca in the country’s first such deal to secure coronavirus vaccines, ten days ago. They plan to donate a large part of the doses to the government for its planned vaccination program and use the rest to inoculate their employees. 

  • The Philippines recorded 1,949 new cases and 53 deaths on January 24, bringing the totals to 513,619 cases and 10,242 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 1,797 new cases and 54 deaths on January 23, taking the totals to 511,679 cases and 10,190 deaths.
  • The Philippines recorded 2,178 new cases and 20 deaths on January 22, taking the totals to 509,887 cases and 10,136 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 1,783 new cases and 74 deaths on January 21, bringing the totals to 507,717 cases and 10,116 deaths.

Singapore

Singapore has been working on producing its own ‘Lunar’ vaccine, in a joint venture between the US company Arcturus together with the Duke-NUS medical school. It is a single dose, mRNA shot, developed from genetically engineering COVID-19 genes into an otherwise harmless virus. This technique is marginally safer than other vaccines which rely on dead Covid-19 material to provoke an immune response. The vaccine is expected to be available from Q1 2021. High-risk personnel will receive the vaccine first in a process to be determined by the government.     

  • Singapore recorded 48 new cases on January 24, taking the total to 59,308 amid 29 deaths.
  • Singapore saw 10 new cases on January 23, bringing the total to 59,260 amid 29 deaths.
  • Singapore reported 15 new cases on January 22, taking the total to 59,250 amid 29 deaths.

Thailand

Thailand is currently expecting vaccines to be delivered in mid-2021. The doses would cover 13 million people in a population of about 69 million. Thailand’s National Vaccine Institute signed a non-refundable advance market commitment contract worth 2.38 billion baht (US$79 million) with AstraZeneca to reserve the supplies. Discussions are also on-going with Oxford University in the UK to secure a vaccine that could be available in Q1 if trials are completed in time.   

  • Thailand reported 198 new cases and one death on January 24, bringing the totals to 13,500 cases and 73 deaths.
  • Thailand saw 198 new cases and one death on January 23, bringing the totals to 13,302 cases and 72 deaths.
  • Thailand saw 309 new cases on January 22, taking the totals to 13,104 cases amid 71 deaths.
  • Thailand recorded 142 new cases on January 21, bringing the tallies to 12,795 cases amid 71 deaths.

Vietnam

Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE), a division of Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, has signed an agreement with Medigen Vaccine, a Taipei, Taiwan-based vaccine company to secure the supply of 3 million to 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses in 2021. Medigen is currently conducting Phase II studies of the vaccine, co-developed with the USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), in Taiwan and Vietnam with a view to a Q1 2021 rollout.  

Vietnam is also working on producing its own vaccine, with the Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC) in Nha Trang City, partnering with New York City-based Icahn School of Medicine and the global health non-profit organization PATH. Phase 1 trials are already underway in Vietnam, while Phases 2 & 3 will be conducted at the beginning of 2021. The institute plans to submit documents for approval to the health ministry as early as April next year and claims to be capable of producing 30 million doses a year, expecting that a national vaccine could be distributed to the general population in October 2021.

  • As of January 22, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,548 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,411 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic.
  • As of January 21, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,544 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,406 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic.
  • As of January 20, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,540 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,402 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic.
  • The country saw one new case on January 19, bringing the total to 1,540.

Other Asian countries and Regions

Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces two pandemics at the same time, Covid-19 and Polio. UNICEF is currently embarking on an urgent Polio vaccination program while the country is in talks with both China and Russia oversupplying COVID-19 vaccines. Government-imposed lockdowns increased conflict with the Taliban, and an overall lack of awareness of the disease has prevented many Afghani’s from obtaining treatment of either. 

  • Afghanistan has 54,672 cases and 2,385 deaths as of January 24.
  • Afghanistan has 54,595 cases and 2,378 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Afghanistan has 54,559 cases and 2,373 deaths.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh will receive 68 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Gavi, which is committed to ensuring at least 20 percent of populations are inoculated. Each complete dose will cost about 200 Taka (US$2). The country is also in discussions with India concerning a further 30 million doses from the Serum Institute at about 450 Taka (US$5). Vaccinations are expected to commence in Q1 2021.     

  • Bangladesh has 531,799 cases and 8,023 deaths as of January 24.
  • As of January 23, Bangladesh has 531,326 cases and 8,003 deaths.
  • Bangladesh has 530,890 cases and 7,981 deaths as of January 22.

Bahrain

Bahrain has begun COVID-19 vaccinations for front line personnel using a joint Chinese-UAE Sinopharm product. Roll out among the general population is expected in Q1 2021.  

  • As of January 23, Bahrain has 99,456 cases and 367 deaths.
  • Bahrain has 99,210 cases and 366 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Bahrain has 98,878 cases and 366 deaths.

China

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  • China recorded 80 new cases on January 24, bringing the total to 88,991.
  • China saw 107 new cases on January 23, taking the total to 88,911.
  • China reported 103 new cases on January 22, bringing the total to 88,804.

East Timor

East Timor is receiving assistance from the Gavi Institute.  

  • East Timor has 67 cases as of January 24.
  • As of January 23, East Timor has 64 cases.
  • The country has 49 cases as of January 4.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong will provide COVID-19 vaccines free to all residents, with a vaccine being delivered in stages. The government has said it may take most of 2021 to reach 100 percent coverage for all citizens.  

  • Hong Kong has 10,086 cases and 169 deaths as of January 24.
  • Hong Kong has 10,010 cases and 168 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Hong Kong has 9,929 cases and 168 deaths.

India

For a complete overview of India’s vaccine availability please go here.

  • As of January 23, India has 10,654,744 cases and 153,365 deaths.
  • India has 10,640,544 cases and 153,221 deaths as of January 22.
  • Our new India specific updates can be found here.

Iran

Iran is jointly producing a COVID-19 vaccine with Russia, and the product has entered trials. National inoculation is expected to commence in September 2021.   

  • Iran has 1,372,977 cases and 57,383 deaths as of January 24.
  • Iran has 1,367,032 cases and 57,294 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Iran has 1,360,852 cases and 57,225 deaths.

Iraq

Iraq is currently in discussions with US company Pfizer concerning supplies of a COVID-19 vaccine. Supplies are expected in Q2 2021. 

  • As of January 23, Iraq has 612,870 cases and 12,988 deaths.
  • Iraq has 612,092 cases and 12,984 deaths as of January 22.
  • Iraq has 611,407 cases and 12,977 deaths as of January 21.

Japan

Japan is sourcing 145 million doses of vaccine from the United States and the UK and will be delivering them free of charge to all citizens commencing Q1 2021. 

  • As of January 23, Japan has 356,074 cases and 4,935 deaths.
  • As of January 22, Japan has 351,020 cases and 4,830 deaths.
  • Japan has 345,221 cases and 4,743 deaths as of January 21.

Jordan

Jordan is sourcing vaccines from Pfizer and expects to commence vaccinations from Q1 2021. 

  • As of January 23, Jordan has 319,519 cases and 4,217 deaths.
  • Jordan has 318,911 cases and 4,207 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Jordan has 318,181 cases and 4,198 deaths.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has been developing its own vaccines with ‘Quazcovid’ being admitted by the WHO as a safe candidate. These are currently undergoing trials with a roll out expected in Q2 2021.  

  • As of January 24, Kazakhstan has 176,974 cases and 2,403 deaths.
  • Kazakhstan has 175,390 cases and 2,403 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Kazakhstan has 173,842 cases and 2,403 deaths.

Kuwait

All citizens, including expatriates, will receive COVID-19 vaccines for free. Kuwait is importing one million vaccines from Pfizer, 1.7 million from Moderna, and three million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines and will commence a nationwide program from January.

  • Kuwait has 160,901 cases and 952 deaths as of January 23.
  • Kuwait has 160,367 cases and 952 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Kuwait has 159,834 cases and 951 deaths.

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is sourcing vaccines from Russia with the Sputnik V vaccine expected to be rolled out in Q2 2021. 

  • Kyrgyzstan has 83,900 cases and 1,400 deaths as of January 24.
  • Kyrgyzstan has 83,796 cases and 1,398 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Kyrgyzstan has 83,703 cases and 1,396 deaths.

Lebanon

Lebanon is sourcing vaccines from Pfizer and is expected to take deliveries from mid-February 2021.  

  • As of January 23, Lebanon has 276,587 cases and 2,270 deaths.
  • Lebanon has 272,461 cases and 2,208 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Lebanon has 269,241 cases and 2,151 deaths.

Macao

Macao is part of the Covax scheme and is expected to receive 1.4 million doses of vaccine. The product will cost Pataca 300 (US$40). Roll out is expected in late Q1 2021.   

  • Macao has 46 cases as of July 27.
  • The number of cases has reached 45 as of July 24.
  • Macao records a single infection, bringing the total to 43.

Maldives

The Maldives will receive vaccines under the Covax program and will receive enough products to reach 20 percent of its population. Roll out is expected in Q2 2021.  

  • As of January 23, the Maldives has 14,885 cases and 50 deaths.
  • The Maldives has 14,830 cases and 50 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, the Maldives has 14,765 cases and 50 deaths.

Mongolia

Mongolia is in discussions with Astra-Zeneca to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and is also part of the Covax scheme. Roll out is expected in Q2 2021. 

  • Mongolia has 1,627 cases and two deaths as of January 24.
  • Mongolia has 1,611 cases and two deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Mongolia has 1,592 cases and two deaths.

Nepal

Nepal will source COVID-19 vaccines under the Covax program and will also purchase supplies from India. The rollout is expected from Q2 2021.  

  • Nepal has 269,450 cases and 2,001 deaths as of January 24.
  • Nepal has 269,180 cases and 1,994 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Nepal has 268,948 cases and 1,986 deaths.

North Korea

North Korea is expected to receive Covid-19 vaccines from China, with rumors that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-Un has already received treatment as part of medical trials.  

  • North Korea has reported its first case on July 25, the city of Kaesong is under lockdown.

Oman

Oman has sourced COVID-19 vaccines from Gavi and is buying additional supplies from Astra-Zeneca and Pfizer. Roll out will commence from January 2021 with each shot costing 10 Rial (US$24).    

  • As of January 24, Oman has 133,044 cases and 1,521 deaths.
  • Oman has 132,486 cases and 1,517 deaths as of January 21.
  • Oman has 132,317 cases and 1,516 deaths as of January 20.

Pakistan

Pakistan is also suffering from a Polio epidemic and is struggling with dealing with both. However, it has stated it will provide the vaccine for free with national inoculations to start from April 2021. 

  • As of January 24, Pakistan has 532,412 cases and 11,295 deaths.
  • As of January 23, Pakistan has 530,818 cases and 11,247 deaths.
  • Pakistan has 528,891 cases and 11,204 deaths as of January 22.

Palestine

Israel is currently negotiating with the UAE to provide 1.5 million doses of vaccine to Palestine. The product is expected to be the Russian Sputnik V treatment and should be available to Palestinians in Q2 2021.   

  • As of January 23, Palestine has 155,006 cases and 1,783 deaths.
  • As of January 22, Palestine has 154,557 cases and 1,769 deaths.
  • Palestine has 154,063 cases and 1,757 deaths as of January 21.

Qatar

Qatar has signed an agreement with Moderna to provide Covid-19 vaccines and has also signed deals with Pfizer and BioNTech. These will be made available from late Q1 2021. 

  • Qatar has 149,019 cases and 248 deaths as of January 24.
  • As of January 23, Qatar has 148,772 cases and 248 deaths.
  • Qatar has 148,521 cases and 248 deaths as of January 22.

Russia

A complete overview of the availability and production of Russian Covid-19 vaccines and costs can be found here.

  • As of January 24, Russia has 3,719,400 cases and 69,462 deaths.
  • Russia has 3,698,273 cases and 68,971 deaths as of January 23.
  • Our new Russia-specific updates here.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries and Medical Appliances Corp. (SPIMACO) said last week that it had signed an agreement with the German biopharmaceutical company CureVac to provide Covid-19 vaccine. It plans to cover 70 percent of its population by the end of 2021 with treatment being available for free. The initial roll out is expected to be at the end of Q1 2021. 

  • Saudi Arabia has 366,371 cases and 6,352 deaths as of January 24.
  • Saudi Arabia has 366,185 cases and 6,350 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Saudi Arabia has 365,988 cases and 6,346 deaths.

South Korea

South Korea has reached a deal with AstraZeneca to purchase its coronavirus vaccine candidate and is in final talks with global drug-makers including AstraZeneca, Pfizer Inc, and Johnson & Johnson over their vaccines. It launched a preliminary review of AstraZeneca’s product in October for potential fast-track approval. Roll out is expected in Q1 2021. 

  • South Korea has 75,084 cases and 1,349 deaths as of January 24.
  • As of January 23, South Korea has 74,692 cases and 1,337 deaths.
  • South Korea has 74,262 cases and 1,328 deaths as of January 22.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is to receive 4.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Gavi, enough to cover 20 percent of the population. It has not yet released information on when these will be made available.    

  • Sri Lanka has 57,587 cases and 280 deaths as of January 23.
  • As of January 22, Sri Lanka has 56,863 cases and 278 deaths.
  • As of January 21, Sri Lanka has 56,076 cases and 276 deaths.

Taiwan

Taiwan has been developing its own vaccine and is also part of the Covax scheme. It has stated it will be able to manufacture enough of its own product for 50 percent population coverage with roll-out expected in Q1 2021.  

  • As of January 24, Taiwan has 889 cases and seven deaths.
  • Taiwan has 884 cases and seven deaths as of January 23.
  • Taiwan has 881 cases and seven deaths as of January 22.

Turkey

Turkey has purchased 50 million doses of China’s Cornavac, manufactured by Sinopharm. These will be made available for free to the most at-risk population, inoculations start on December 11. Other treatments will be purchased and made available via medical outlets during the year and sold at cost price, and are likely to include products from Pfizer and Russia.   

  • Turkey has 2,424,328 cases and 24,933 deaths as of January 23.
  • Turkey has 2,418,472 cases and 24,789 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Turkey has 2,412,505 cases and 24,640 deaths.

United Arab Emirates

The UAE is expected to authorize the use of China’s Sinopharm vaccine which is nearing the end of its clinical trials in the Emirates.  The UAE’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was inoculated as part of the testing. Roll out is expected in Q1 2021. The UAE is also manufacturing the vaccine and hopes to produce between 75-100 million doses during the year.  

  • As of January 23, the UAE has 274,376 cases and 783 deaths.
  • The UAE has 270,810 cases and 776 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, the UAE has 267,258 cases and 766 deaths.

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has been trailing China’s Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical vaccine in addition to vaccines made by China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V. Roll out is expected in Q1 2021. 

  • As of January 23, Uzbekistan has 78,317 cases and 621 deaths.
  • Uzbekistan has 78,272 cases and 620 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Uzbekistan has 78,219 cases and 620 deaths.

Yemen

Yemen is suffering from war and diseases such as diphtheria, while local politicians have made wild claims that the country will develop its own COVID-19 vaccine. It is a member of the Gavi program and relief is likely to come from humanitarian sources.   

  • Yemen has 2,118 cases and 614 deaths as of January 22.
  • As of January 21, Yemen has 2,115 and 614 deaths.
  • As of January 19, Yemen has 2,115 and 612 deaths.

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