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 December 4, 2020)

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.   

  • The country saw one new case on December 1, taking the total to 151.
  • Brunei reported one new case on November 24, taking the total to 150.
  • Brunei saw one new case on November 23, bringing the total to 149.
  • The country saw one new case on October 22, taking the total to 148.
  • As of September 25, Brunei has 147 cases.
  • One new case reported on September 3, taking the total to 145.

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.  

  • The country saw two new cases on December 3, bringing the total to 331.
  • Cambodia recorded three new cases on December 2, taking the total to 329.
  • The country saw three new cases on December 1, taking the total to 326.
  • Cambodia saw eight new cases on November 30, bringing the total to 323.
  • Cambodia reported seven new cases on November 29, taking the total to 315.
  • The country saw one new case on November 28, bringing the total to 308.
  • Cambodia saw one new case on November 25, taking the total to 307.
  • The country saw one new case on November 22, bringing the total to 306.

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 reported a record 8,369 new cases and 156 deaths on December 3, bringing the totals to 557,877 cases and 17,355 deaths.
  • Indonesia recorded 5,533 new cases and 118 deaths on December 2, taking the totals to 549,508 cases and 17,199 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 5,092 new cases and 136 deaths on December 1, bringing the totals to 543,975 cases and 17,081 deaths.
  • Indonesia recorded 4,617 new cases and 130 deaths on November 30, taking the tallies to 538,883 cases and 16,945 deaths.

Laos

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

  • 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. 

  • The country saw 1,075 new cases and 11 deaths on December 3, bringing the totals to 69,095 cases and 376 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 851 new cases and two deaths on December 2, taking the totals to 68,020 cases and 365 deaths.
  • The country saw 1,472 new cases and three deaths on December 1, bringing the totals to 67,169 cases and 363 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 saw 1,418 new cases and 30 deaths on December 3, bringing the totals to 95,018 cases and 2,028 deaths.
  • The country reported 1,411 new cases and 26 deaths on December 2, taking the totals to 93,600 cases and 1,998 deaths.
  • Myanmar recorded 1,476 new cases and 31 deaths on December 1, bringing the totals to 92,189 cases and 1,972 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 country saw 1,061 new cases and 10 deaths on December 3, taking the totals to 69,095 cases and 8,446 deaths.
  • The Philippines recorded 1,438 new cases and 18 deaths on December 2, bringing the totals to 434,357 cases and 8,436 deaths.
  • The country saw 1,298 new cases and 27 deaths on December 1, taking the totals to 432,925 cases and 8,418 deaths.
  • The country recorded 1,773 new cases and 19 deaths on November 30, bringing the tallies to 431,630 cases and 8,392 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.     

  • The country saw nine new cases on December 3, bringing the total to 58,239.
  • Singapore recorded two new cases on December 2, taking the total to 58,230.
  • The country saw 10 new cases on December 1, bringing the total to 58,228.
  • Singapore recorded five new cases on November 30, bringing the total to 58,218.
  • Singapore reported eight new cases on November 29, bringing the total to 58,213.
  • The country saw six new cases on November 28, taking the total to 58,205.
  • Singapore reported four new cases on November 27, bringing the total to 58,199.

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 saw 13 new cases on December 3, bringing the total to 4,039.
  • Thailand recorded 18 new cases on December 2, bringing the total to 4,026.
  • The country saw 10 new cases on December 1, bringing the total to 4,008.
  • The country saw 21 new cases on November 30, taking the total to 3,998.
  • Thailand saw 11 new cases on November 29, bringing the total to 3,977.
  • The country saw five new cases on November 28, taking the total to 3,966.

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 December 4, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,361 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,209 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest cases were all imported and quarantined on arrival.
  • As of December 3, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 1,358 cases of COVID-19. However, 1,201 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 35 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest cases were all imported and quarantined on arrival.

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 over supplying 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. 

  • The country has 47,258 cases and 1,841 deaths as of December 3.
  • Afghanistan has 46,980 cases and 1,822 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Afghanistan has 46,717 cases and 1,797 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 471,739 cases and 6,748 deaths as of December 3.
  • Bangladesh has 469,423 cases and 6,713 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Bangladesh has 467,225 cases and 6,675 deaths.

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.  

  • Bahrain has 87,432 cases and 341 deaths as of December 3.
  • As of December 2, Bahrain has 87,270 cases and 341 deaths.
  • As of December 1, Bahrain has 87,137 cases and 341 deaths.

China

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

  • The country recorded 16 new cases on December 3, bringing the total to 86,567.
  • China saw nine new cases on December 2, taking the total to 86,551.
  • China recorded 12 new cases on December 1, taking the total to 86,542.

East Timor

East Timor is receiving assistance from the Gavi Institute.  

  • East Timor has 30 cases as of October 28.
  • As of October 12, East Timor has 29 cases.
  • No new cases reported on May 25.
  • No new cases reported as of May 24.

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.  

  • The region has 6,590 cases and 110 deaths as of December 3.
  • The region now has 6,500 cases and 110 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Hong Kong has 6,397 cases and 109 deaths.

India

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

  • As of December 3, India has 9,571,780 cases and 139,227 deaths.
  • India has 9,533,471 cases and 138,657 deaths as of December 2.
  • 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.   

  • As of December 3, Iran has 1,003,494 cases and 49,348 deaths.
  • Iran has 989,572 cases and 48,990 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Iran has 975,951 cases and 48,628 deaths.

Iraq

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

  • Iraq has 558,767 cases and 12,361 deaths as of December 3.
  • As of December 2, Iraq has 556,728 cases and 12,340 deaths.
  • As of December 1, Iraq has 554,767 cases and 12,306 deaths.

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. 

  • Japan has 152,827 cases and 2,213 deaths as of December 3.
  • As of December 2, Japan has 150,386 cases and 2,172 deaths.
  • As of December 1, Japan has 148,694 cases and 2,139 deaths.

Jordan

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

  • Jordan has 231,237 cases and 2,909 deaths as of December 3.
  • Jordan has 227,208 cases and 2,854 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Jordan has 223,617 cases and 2,802 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 December 3, Kazakhstan has 133,887 cases and 1,990 deaths.
  • Kazakhstan has 133,118 cases and 1,990 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, the country has 132,348 cases and 1,990 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.

  • As of December 3, Kuwait has 143,574 cases and 884 deaths.
  • Kuwait has 143,260 cases and 882 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Kuwait has 142,992 cases and 881 deaths.

Kyrgyzstan

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

  • Kyrgyzstan has 73,933 cases and 1,281 deaths as of December 3.
  • Kyrgyzstan has 73,513 cases and 1,277 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Kyrgyzstan has 73,178 cases and 1,275 deaths.

Lebanon

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

  • Lebanon has 132,817 cases and 1,067 deaths as of December 3.
  • As of December 2, Lebanon has 131,297 cases and 1,055 deaths.
  • As of December 1, Lebanon has 129,455 cases and 1,033 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.  

  • The country has 13,106 cases and 47 deaths as of December 3.
  • As of December 2, the Maldives has 13,070 cases and 47 deaths.
  • As of December 1, the Maldives has 13,049 cases and 47 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. 

  • The country has 819 cases as of December 3.
  • The country has 812 cases as of December 2.
  • Mongolia has 801 cases as of December 1.

Nepal

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

  • The country has 237,589 cases and 1,551 deaths as of December 3.
  • Nepal has 236,246 cases and 1,538 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Nepal has 233,452 cases and 1,529 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).    

  • The country has 124,329 cases and 1,435 deaths as of December 3.
  • Oman has 124,145 cases and 1,430 deaths as of December 2.
  • Oman has 123,908 cases and 1,430 deaths as of December 1.

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. 

  • The country has 406,810 cases and 8,205 deaths as of December 3.
  • Pakistan has 403,311 cases and 8,166 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Pakistan has 400,482 cases and 8,091 deaths.

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.   

  • The country has 92,708 cases and 780 deaths as of December 3.
  • Palestine has 90,192 cases and 763 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Palestine has 88,004 cases and 747 deaths.

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. 

  • The country has 139,477 cases and 239 deaths as of December 3.
  • Qatar has 139,256 cases and 239 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Qatar has 139,001 cases and 238 deaths.

Russia

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

  • The country has 2,375,546 cases and 41,607 deaths as of December 3.
  • Russia has 2,347,401 cases and 41,053 deaths as of December 2.
  • 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. 

  • The country has 358,102 cases and 5,930 deaths as of December 3.
  • Saudi Arabia has 357,872 cases and 5,919 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Saudi Arabia has 357,623 cases and 5,907 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 35,703 cases and 529 deaths as of December 3.
  • As of December 2, South Korea has 35,163 cases and 526 deaths.
  • As of December 1, South Korea has 34,652 cases and 526 deaths.

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.    

  • The country has 26,038 cases and 129 deaths as of December 3.
  • Sri Lanka now has 25,410 cases and 124 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Sri Lanka has 24,532 cases and 122 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 December 3, Taiwan has 686 cases.
  • Taiwan has 685 cases as of December 2.
  • Taiwan has 679 cases as of December 1.

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.   

  • As of December 3, Turkey has 733,261 cases and 14,316 deaths.
  • Turkey has 700,880 cases and 14,129 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Turkey has 668,957 cases and 13,936 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.  

  • The UAE has 172,751 cases and 585 deaths as of December 3.
  • The UAE has 171,434 cases and 580 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, the UAE has 170,149 cases and 576 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. 

  • The country has 73,431 cases and 611 deaths as of December 3.
  • Uzbekistan has 73,335 cases and 611 deaths as of December 2.
  • As of December 1, Uzbekistan has 73,145 cases and 610 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.   

  • The country has 2,239 cases and 624 deaths as of December 3.
  • The country has 2,217 cases and 621 deaths as of December 2.
  • Yemen has 2,197 cases and 619 deaths as of December 1.

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