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 June 16, 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 recorded two new cases on June 15, bringing the total to 250 cases amid three deaths.
  • Brunei saw two new cases on June 10, taking the total to 248 cases amid three deaths.
  • Brunei reported two new cases on June 8, bringing the total to 246 cases amid three deaths.

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 693 new cases and seven deaths on June 16, taking the tallies to 40,157 cases and 368 deaths.
  • Cambodia reported 495 new cases and 13 deaths on June 15, bringing the totals to 39,464 cases and 361 deaths.
  • Cambodia saw 542 new cases and 13 deaths on June 14, taking the tallies to 38,969 cases and 348 deaths.

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 recorded 9,944 new cases and 196 deaths on June 16, taking the tallies to 1,937,652 cases and 53,476 deaths.
  • Indonesia saw 8,161 new cases and 164 deaths on June 15, bringing the totals to 1,927,708 cases and 53,280 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 8,189 new cases and 237 deaths on June 14, taking the tallies to 1,919,547 cases and 53,116 deaths.

Laos

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

  • Laos reported eight new cases on June 16, bringing the total to 2,033 cases amid three deaths.
  • Laos saw 15 new cases on June 15, taking the total to 2,025 cases amid three deaths.
  • Laos reported 14 new cases on June 14, bringing the total to 2,010 cases amid three deaths.

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 5,150 new cases and 73 deaths on June 16, taking the totals to 673,026 cases and 4,142 deaths.
  • Malaysia recorded 5,419 new cases and 101 deaths on June 15, bringing the tallies to 667,876 cases and 4,069 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 4,949 new cases and 60 deaths on June 14, bringing the totals to 662,457 cases and 3,968 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 225 new cases on June 15, bringing the totals to 146,051 cases and 3,248 deaths.
  • Myanmar reported 223 new cases and four deaths on June 14, bringing the tallies to 145,826 cases and 3,248 deaths.
  • Myanmar saw 373 new cases and three deaths on June 13, taking the totals to 145,603 cases and 3,244 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 reported 5,414 new cases and 158 deaths on June 16, taking the totals to 1,332,832 cases and 23,121 deaths.
  • The Philippines recorded 5,389 new cases and 118 deaths on June 15, bringing the tallies to 1,327,431 cases and 22,963 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 6,426 new cases and 57 deaths on June 14, taking the totals to 1,322,053 cases and 22,845 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 reported 24 new cases on June 16, bringing the total to 62,339 cases amid 34 deaths.
  • Singapore saw 14 new cases on June 15, taking the total to 62,315 cases amid 34 deaths.
  • Singapore recorded 25 new cases on June 14, bringing the total to 62,301 cases amid 34 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 2,331 new cases and 40 deaths on June 16, bringing the tallies to 204,595 cases and 1,525 deaths.
  • Thailand saw 3,000 new cases and 19 deaths on June 15, taking the totals to 202,264 cases and 1,485 deaths.
  • Thailand reported 3,355 new cases and 17 deaths on June 14, bringing the tallies to 199,264 cases and 1,466 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 June 16, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 11,480 cases of COVID-19. However, 4,539 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 61 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Ha Tinh.

  • As of June 15, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 10,999 cases of COVID-19. However, 4,236 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 59 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, and Ho Chi Minh City.

  • As of June 14, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 10,730 cases of COVID-19. However, 3,998 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 59 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Ho Chi Minh City, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Tien Giang, Ha Tinh, Binh Duong, and Bac Kan.

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 from obtaining treatment of either. 

  • Afghanistan has 96,531 cases and 3,842 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Afghanistan has 93,765 cases and 3,705 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Afghanistan has 93,272 cases and 3,683 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 837,247 cases and 13,282 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Bangladesh has 833,291 cases and 13,222 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Bangladesh has 829,972 cases and 13,172 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.  

  • As of June 15, Bahrain has 260,334 cases and 1,246 deaths.
  • Bahrain has 259,523 cases and 1,236 deaths as of June 14.
  • As of June 13, Bahrain has 258,731 cases and 1,221 deaths.

China

For specific updates concerning China, please click here.

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

  • China reported 21 new cases on June 16, taking the total to 91,492.
  • China saw 20 new cases on June 15, taking the total to 91,471.
  • China recorded 23 new cases on June 14, bringing the total to 91,451.

East Timor

East Timor is receiving assistance from the Gavi Institute.  

  • East Timor has 8,412 cases and 19 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, East Timor has 8,341 cases and 19 deaths.
  • East Timor has 8,285 cases and 18 deaths as of June 13.

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.  

  • As of June 16, Hong Kong has 11,882 cases and 210 deaths.
  • Hong Kong has 11,881 cases and 210 deaths as of June 15.
  • Hong Kong has 11,879 cases and 210 deaths as of June 14.

India

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

  • India has 29,632,261 cases and 379,601 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, India has 29,570,035 cases and 377,061 deaths.
  • 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 3,060,135 cases and 82,480 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Iran has 3,049,648 cases and 82,351 deaths.
  • Iran has 3,039,432 cases and 82,217 deaths as of June 14.

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 June 15, Iraq has 1,264,301 cases and 16,762 deaths.
  • Iraq has 1,259,683 cases and 16,736 deaths as of June 14.
  • Iraq has 1,254,643 cases and 16,705 deaths as of June 13.

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 777,643 cases and 14,187 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Japan has 776,307 cases and 14,126 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Japan has 775,231 cases and 14,071 deaths.

Jordan

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

  • Jordan has 744,377 cases and 9,614 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Jordan has 743,877 cases and 9,602 deaths.
  • Jordan has 743,331 cases and 9,592 deaths as of June 13.

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.  

  • Kazakhstan has 404,064 cases and 4,195 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Kazakhstan has 402,996 cases and 4,180 deaths.
  • Kazakhstan has 402,239 cases and 4,171 deaths as of June 14.

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 331,013 cases and 1,831 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Kuwait has 329,526 cases and 1,828 deaths.
  • Kuwait has 327,963 cases and 1,820 deaths as of June 13.

Kyrgyzstan

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

  • Kyrgyzstan has 111,990 cases and 1,912 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Kyrgyzstan has 111,343 cases and 1,905 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Kyrgyzstan has 110,829 cases and 1,899 deaths.

Lebanon

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

  • Lebanon has 542,819 cases and 7,804 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Lebanon has 542,649 cases and 7,801 deaths.
  • Lebanon has 542,604 cases and 7,798 deaths as of June 13.

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 52 cases as of June 10.
  • As of May 28, Macao has 51 cases.
  • Macao has 50 cases as of May 20.

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 Maldives has 70,897 cases and 198 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, the Maldives has 70,673 cases and 198 deaths.
  • The Maldives has 70,301 cases and 197 deaths as of June 13.

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 83,128 cases and 389 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Mongolia has 80,733 cases and 380 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Mongolia has 78,347 cases and 369 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.  

  • As of June 16, Nepal has 614,216 cases and 8,558 deaths.
  • Nepal has 612,202 cases and 8,506 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Nepal has 610,521 cases and 8,465 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).    

  • Oman has 240,708 cases and 2,591 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Oman has 238,566 cases and 2,565 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Oman has 236,440 cases and 2,532 deaths.

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. 

  • Pakistan has 944,065 cases and 21,828 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Pakistan has 943,027 cases and 21,782 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Pakistan has 942,189 cases and 21,723 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.   

  • Palestine has 311,948 cases and 3,542 deaths as of June 15.
  • Palestine has 311,690 cases and 3,539 deaths as of June 14.
  • As of June 13, Palestine has 311,534 cases and 3,533 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. 

  • Qatar has 220,033 cases and 579 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Qatar has 219,887 cases and 579 deaths.
  • Qatar has 219,730 cases and 577 deaths as of June 13.

Russia

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

  • Russia has 5,249,990 cases and 127,576 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Russia has 5,236,593 cases and 127,180 deaths.
  • 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 469,414 cases and 7,621 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Saudi Arabia has 468,175 cases and 7,606 deaths.
  • Saudi Arabia has 466,906 cases and 7,590 deaths as of June 14.

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 149,191 cases and 1,993 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, South Korea has 148,647 cases and 1,992 deaths.
  • South Korea has 148,273 cases and 1,988 deaths as of June 14.

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 228,256 cases and 2,260 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Sri Lanka has 225,922 cases and 2,260 deaths.
  • As of June 13, Sri Lanka has 223,638 cases and 2,136 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.  

  • Taiwan has 13,409 cases and 478 deaths as of June 16.
  • As of June 15, Taiwan has 13,241 cases and 460 deaths.
  • As of June 14, Taiwan has 13,106 cases and 452 deaths.

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 5,342,028 cases and 48,879 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Turkey has 5,336,073 cases and 48,795 deaths.
  • Turkey has 5,330,447 cases and 48,721 deaths as of June 13.

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 601,950 cases and 1,734 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, the UAE has 599,823 cases and 1,730 deaths.
  • The UAE has 597,986 cases and 1,726 deaths as of June 13.

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. 

  • Uzbekistan has 104,113 cases and 709 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Uzbekistan has 103,813 cases and 708 deaths.
  • Uzbekistan has 103,510 cases and 708 deaths as of June 13.

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 6,864 cases and 1,350 deaths as of June 15.
  • As of June 14, Yemen has 6,863 cases and 1,350 deaths.
  • Yemen has 6,862 cases and 1,349 deaths as of June 13.

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