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 August 11, 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.

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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 40 new cases on August 10, taking the total to 440 cases amid three deaths.
  • Brunei recorded 59 new cases on August 9, bringing the total to 406 cases amid three deaths.
  • Brunei saw eight new cases on August 7, taking the total to 347 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 saw 486 new cases and 12 deaths on August 11, bringing the tallies to 83,384 cases and 1,614 deaths.
  • Cambodia reported 499 new cases and 17 deaths on August 10, taking the totals to 82,898 cases and 1,602 deaths.
  • Cambodia saw 508 new cases and 23 deaths on August 9, taking the tallies to 82,399 cases and 1,585 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 270 million. 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. 

  • Indonesia saw 30,625 new cases and 1,579 deaths on August 11, bringing the tallies to 3,749,446 cases and 112,198 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 32,081 new cases and 2,048 deaths on August 10, taking the totals to 3,718,821 cases and 110,619 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 20,709 new cases and 1,475 deaths on August 9, bringing the tallies to 3,686,740 cases and 108,571 deaths.

Laos

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

  • Laos reported 285 new cases on August 11, bringing the total to 9,161 cases amid eight deaths.
  • Laos recorded 315 new cases on August 10, taking the total to 8,876 cases amid eight deaths.
  • Laos saw 170 new cases on August 9, taking the total to 8,561 cases amid eight 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 saw 20,780 new cases and 211 deaths on August 11, taking the tallies to 1,320,547 cases and 11,373 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 19,991 new cases and 201 deaths on August 10, bringing the totals to 1,299,767 cases and 11,162 deaths.
  • Malaysia recorded 17,236 new cases and 212 deaths on August 9, taking the tallies to 1,279,776 cases and 10,961 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 4,434 new cases and 220 deaths on August 10, bringing the totals to 337,561 cases and 12,234 deaths.
  • Myanmar saw 3,611 new cases and 238 deaths on August 9, taking the tallies to 333,127 cases and 12,014 deaths.
  • Myanmar recorded 3,027 new cases and 250 deaths on August 8, bringing the totals to 329,516 cases and 11,776 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 12,021 new cases and 154 deaths on August 11, bringing the totals to 1,688,040 cases and 29,374 deaths.
  • The Philippines saw 8,560 new cases and 92 deaths on August 10, taking the tallies to 1,676,156 cases and 29,220 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 8,900 new cases and six deaths on August 9, bringing the totals to 1,667,714 cases and 29,128 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 63 new cases on August 11, taking the total to 65,953 cases and 42 deaths. 
  • Singapore recorded 54 new cases on August 10, bringing the total to 65,890 cases and 42 deaths.
  • Singapore reported 72 new cases on August 9, taking the total to 65,836 cases amid 42 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 saw 21,038 new cases and 207 deaths on August 11, taking the totals to 816,989 cases and 6,795 deaths.
  • Thailand recorded 19,843 new cases and 235 deaths on August 10, bringing the tallies to 795,951 cases and 6,588 deaths.
  • Thailand recorded 19,603 new cases and 149 deaths on August 9, taking the totals to 776,108 cases and 6,353 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.

  • Vietnam saw 4,802 new cases on August 11, taking the total to 232,937 cases and 4,145 deaths.
  • As of August 10, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 224,894 cases of COVID-19. However, 75,920 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 4,145 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau among others.

  • As of August 9, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 215,560 cases of COVID-19. However, 71,497 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 3,757 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Long An, Dong Nai, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau among others.

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 151,563 cases and 6,988 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Afghanistan has 151,291 cases and 6,978 deaths.
  • Afghanistan has 151,013 cases and 6,999 deaths as of August 9.

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 1,386,742 cases and 23,398 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Bangladesh has 1,376,322 cases and 23,161 deaths.
  • Bangladesh has 1,365,158 cases and 22,897 deaths as of August 9.

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 270,290 cases and 1,384 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, Bahrain has 270,161 cases and 1,384 deaths.
  • Bahrain has 270,060 cases and 1,384 deaths as of August 8.

China

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

  • China reported 111 new cases on August 11, bringing the total to 94,080.
  • China recorded 143 new cases on August 10, taking the total to 93,969.
  • China reported 125 new cases on August 9, bringing the total to 93,826.

East Timor

East Timor is receiving assistance from the Gavi Institute.  

  • East Timor has 11,870 cases and 29 deaths as of August 11.
  • East Timor has 11,717 cases and 29 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, East Timor has 11,579 cases and 28 deaths.

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 12,021 cases and 212 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Hong Kong has 12,020 cases and 212 deaths.
  • Hong Kong has 12,016 cases and 212 deaths as of August 9.

India

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

  • As of August 10, India has 32,033,333 cases and 429,183 deaths.
  • India has 31,997,017 cases and 428,715 deaths as of August 9.
  • 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 4,281,217 cases and 95,647 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Iran has 4,238,676 cases and 95,111 deaths.
  • Iran has 4,199,537 cases and 94,603 deaths as of August 9.

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 August 10, Iraq has 1,732,298 cases and 19,336 deaths.
  • Iraq has 1,722,328 cases and 19,270 deaths as of August 9.
  • Iraq has 1,712,709 cases and 19,203 deaths as of August 8.

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 1,054,491 cases and 15,311 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Japan has 1,043,625 cases and 15,297 deaths.
  • Japan has 1,031,296 cases and 15,280 deaths as of August 9.

Jordan

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

  • As of August 10, Jordan has 779,019 cases and 10,148 deaths.
  • Jordan has 778,093 cases and 10,135 deaths as of August 9.
  • Jordan has 777,164 cases and 10,127 deaths as of August 8.

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 656,777 cases and 7,103 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Kazakhstan has 649,120 cases and 6,973 deaths.
  • Kazakhstan has 641,885 cases and 6,876 deaths as of August 9.

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 August 10, Kuwait has 404,463 cases and 2,375 deaths.
  • Kuwait has 403,868 cases and 2,372 deaths as of August 9.
  • Kuwait has 403,349 cases and 2,369 deaths as of August 8.

Kyrgyzstan

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

  • Kyrgyzstan has 170,353 cases and 2,420 deaths as of August 11.
  • Kyrgyzstan has 169,971 cases and 2,413 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, Kyrgyzstan has 169,500 cases and 2,407 deaths.

Lebanon

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

  • As of August 10, Lebanon has 573,959 cases and 7,952 deaths.
  • Lebanon has 572,401 cases and 7,948 deaths as of August 9.
  • Lebanon has 571,650 cases and 7,943 deaths as of August 8.

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.   

  • As of August 4, Macau has 63 cases.
  • Macau has 59 cases as of July 25.
  • As of July 24, Macau has 58 cases.

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 August 10, the Maldives has 78,578 cases and 222 deaths.
  • The Maldives has 78,464 cases and 222 deaths as of August 9.
  • The Maldives has 78,356 cases and 222 deaths as of August 8.

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 176,993 cases and 863 deaths as of August 11.
  • Mongolia has 175,560 cases and 860 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, Mongolia has 174,603 cases and 857 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 August 11, Nepal has 723,296 cases and 10,180 deaths.
  • Nepal has 720,680 cases and 10,150 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, Nepal has 717,486 cases and 10,115 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 299,418 cases and 3,968 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 9, Oman has 298,942 cases and 3,948 deaths.
  • Oman has 298,706 cases and 3,936 deaths as of August 8.

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 August 11, Pakistan has 1,080,360 cases and 24,085 deaths.
  • As of August 10, Pakistan has 1,075,504 cases and 24,004 deaths.
  • Pakistan has 1,071,620 cases and 23,918 deaths as of August 9.

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 August 10, Palestine has 318,181 cases and 3,615 deaths.
  • Palestine has 317,999 cases and 3,613 deaths as of August 8.
  • Palestine has 317,703 cases and 3,611 deaths as of August 6.

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. 

  • As of August 11, Qatar has 228,346 cases and 601 deaths.
  • As of August 10, Qatar has 228,119 cases and 601 deaths.
  • Qatar has 227,899 cases and 601 deaths as of August 9.

Russia

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

  • Russia has 6,512,859 cases and 167,241 deaths as of August 11.
  • Russia has 6,491,288 cases and 166,442 deaths as of August 10.
  • 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. 

  • As of August 11, Saudi Arabia has 535,927 cases and 8,366 deaths.
  • Saudi Arabia has 535,176 cases and 8,357 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, Saudi Arabia has 534,312 cases and 8,345 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. 

  • As of August 11, South Korea has 216,206 cases and 2,135 deaths.
  • As of August 10, South Korea has 213,987 cases and 2,134 deaths.
  • South Korea has 212,448 cases and 2,125 deaths as of August 9.

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 335,851 cases and 5,340 deaths as of August 10.
  • As of August 9, Sri Lanka has 332,947 cases and 5,222 deaths.
  • Sri Lanka has 329,994 cases and 5,111 deaths as of August 8.

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 15,814 cases and 816 deaths as of August 11.
  • As of August 10, Taiwan has 15,798 cases and 814 deaths.
  • Taiwan has 15,790 cases and 813 deaths as of August 9.

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 August 10, Turkey has 5,968,868 cases and 52,437 deaths.
  • As of August 9, Turkey has 5,942,271 cases and 52,313 deaths.
  • Turkey has 5,918,540 cases and 52,196 deaths as of August 8.

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 August 10, the UAE has 695,619 cases and 1,982 deaths.
  • The UAE has 694,285 cases and 1,978 deaths as of August 9.
  • The UAE has 692,964 cases and 1,975 deaths as of August 8.

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 August 10, Uzbekistan has 138,382 cases and 941 deaths.
  • As of August 9, Uzbekistan has 137,491 cases and 934 deaths.
  • Uzbekistan has 136,635 cases and 928 deaths as of August 8.

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.   

  • As of August 10, Yemen has 7,198 cases and 1,391 deaths.
  • As of August 9, Yemen has 7,187 cases and 1,389 deaths.
  • Yemen has 7,165 cases and 1,386 deaths as of August 8.

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