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Brunei to begin administering COVID-19 booster shots


Brunei to begin administering COVID-19 booster shots

Brunei Darussalam welcomed the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines via the COVAX Facility today. Receiving the vaccines at the Brunei International Airport are Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health (second from right) and Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abd Latif, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional), Ministry of Health (rightmost).
Brunei will begin administering COVID-19 booster shots – Photo: WHO

Brunei will begin administering COVID-19 booster shots to children ages 12-17 today.

Around 40,000 children are believed to be eligible for boosters. Since vaccinations for this age group began in November 2021, 99% of children have received two shots. During Ramadan, vaccination centers will open 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM Monday–Thursday and Saturday.

The tiny nation is currently recovering from a massive spike in cases, but has suffered very few deaths due to strict lockdowns and high vaccination rates. Successfully combatting COVID-19 has positioned Brunei well to grow its economy out of the pandemic. To do so, the sultanate is looking towards economic diversification. 60% of the Bruneian economy is centered on oil, and high oil prices have aided economic recovery. However, important economic diversification projects into e-commerce and tech development were delayed by the pandemic.

Boosters and high vaccination rates mean the country’s medium-term public health and economic outlooks are strong. However, long-term economic security depends on further diversification. Going forward, Brunei is expected to prioritize tourism, info-communications and tech. This will likely allocate government investment towards spending in new digital infrastructure, domestic businesses and manufacturing to increase exports and attract foreign trade and investments.

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