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 25, 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 reported 176 new cases and one death on August 25, taking the totals to 2,159 cases and six deaths.
  • Brunei recorded 110 new cases and two deaths on August 24, taking the tallies to 1,983 cases and five deaths.
  • Brunei saw 104 new cases on August 23, taking the total to 1,873 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 428 new cases and 14 deaths on August 25, taking the tallies to 90,535 cases and 1,835 deaths.
  • Cambodia reported 466 new cases and 13 deaths on August 24, bringing the totals to 90,107 cases and 1,821 deaths.
  • Cambodia saw 410 new cases and 16 deaths on August 23, taking the tallies to 89,641 cases and 1,808 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 18,671 new cases and 1,041 deaths on August 25, taking the totals to 4,026,837 cases and 129,293 deaths.
  • Indonesia saw 19,106 new cases and 1,038 deaths on August 24, bringing the tallies to 4,008,166 cases and 128,252 deaths.
  • Indonesia reported 9,604 new cases and 842 deaths on August 23, taking the totals to 3,989,060 cases and 127,214 deaths.

Laos

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

  • Laos saw 952 new cases on August 25, taking the total to 13,909 cases amid 11 deaths.
  • Laos reported 336 new cases on August 23, taking the total to 12,957 cases amid 11 deaths.
  • Laos saw 152 new cases on August 22, bringing the total to 12,621 cases amid 11 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 22,642 new cases and 265 deaths on August 25, taking the totals to 1,616,244 cases and 14,818 deaths.
  • Malaysia recorded 20,837 new cases and 211 deaths on August 24, bringing the tallies to 1,593,602 cases and 14,553 deaths.
  • Malaysia reported 14,672 new cases and 174 deaths on August 23, taking the totals to 1,572,765 cases and 14,342 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 2,506 new cases and 123 deaths on August 24, taking the totals to 378,377 cases and 14,622 deaths.
  • Myanmar saw 2,186 new cases and 125 deaths on August 23, bringing the tallies to 375,871 cases and 14,499 deaths.
  • Myanmar recorded 2,173 new cases and 138 deaths on August 22, taking the totals to 373,685 cases and 14,374 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 saw 13,573 new cases and 228 deaths on August 25, bringing the totals to 1,883,088 cases and 32,492 deaths.
  • The Philippines reported 12,067 new cases and 303 deaths on August 24, bringing the tallies to 1,869,691 cases and 32,264 deaths.
  • The Philippines recorded 18,332 new cases and 151 deaths on August 23, taking the totals to 1,857,646 cases and 31,961 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 120 new cases on August 25, taking the total to 66,812 cases amid 50 deaths.
  • Singapore saw 116 new cases on August 24, bringing the total to 66,692 cases amid 50 deaths.
  • Singapore recorded 98 new cases and one death on August 23, taking the total to 66,576 cases and 50 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 recorded 18,417 new cases and 297 deaths on August 25, taking the totals to 1,102,368 cases and 10,085 deaths.
  • Thailand reported 17,165 new cases and 226 deaths on August 24, bringing the tallies to 1,083,951 cases and 9,788 deaths.
  • Thailand saw 17,491 new cases and 242 deaths on August 23, taking the totals to 1,066,786 cases and 9,562 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 August 25, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 369,267 cases of COVID-19. However, 162,279 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 9,349 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 Khanh Hoa among others.

  • As of August 24, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 369,262 cases of COVID-19. However, 154,612 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 9,014 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Tieng Giang, and Long An among others.

  • As of August 23, 2021, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed a total of 357,958 cases of COVID-19. However, 147,667 of the affected patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals. Vietnam has also recorded 8,666 deaths due to the pandemic. The latest community transmission cases have been reported from Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Tieng Giang, and Long An 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 152,722 cases and 7,090 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Afghanistan has 152,660 cases and 7,083 deaths.
  • Afghanistan has 152,583 cases and 7,076 deaths as of August 22.

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 1,472,964 cases and 25,513 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Bangladesh has 1,467,715 cases and 25,399 deaths.
  • Bangladesh has 1,461,998 cases and 25,282 deaths as of August 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 August 24, Bahrain has 271,803 cases and 1,387 deaths.
  • Bahrain has 271,715 cases and 1,387 deaths as of August 23.
  • Bahrain has 271,631 cases and 1,386 deaths as of August 22.

China

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  • China saw 20 new cases on August 25, taking the total to 94,707.
  • China reported 35 new cases on August 24, taking the total to 94,687.
  • China recorded 21 new cases on August 23, bringing the total to 94,652.

East Timor

East Timor is receiving assistance from the Gavi Institute.  

  • East Timor has 14,935 cases and 51 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, East Timor has 14,403 cases and 49 deaths.
  • East Timor has 14,216 cases and 48 deaths as of August 22.

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 12,070 cases and 212 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Hong Kong has 12,063 cases and 212 deaths.
  • Hong Kong has 12,058 cases and 212 deaths as of August 22.

India

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

  • India has 32,511,370 cases and 435,788 deaths as of August 24.
  • India has 32,460,328 cases and 435,050 deaths as of August 23.
  • 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 4,756,394 cases and 103,357 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Iran has 4,715,771 cases and 102,648 deaths.
  • Iran has 4,677,114 cases and 102,038 deaths as of August 22.

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 1,839,910 cases and 20,337 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Iraq has 1,832,240 cases and 20,262 deaths.
  • Iraq has 1,825,089 cases and 20,184 deaths as of August 22.

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 1,318,346 cases and 15,663 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Japan has 1,300,353 cases and 15,631 deaths.
  • Japan has 1,277,439 cases and 15,596 deaths as of August 22.

Jordan

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

  • Jordan has 791,466 cases and 10,320 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Jordan has 790,450 cases and 10,308 deaths.
  • Jordan has 789,474 cases and 10,293 deaths as of August 22.

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 748,851 cases and 8,512 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Kazakhstan has 743,220 cases and 8,415 deaths.
  • Kazakhstan has 736,906 cases and 8,302 deaths as of August 22.

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 408,600 cases and 2,409 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Kuwait has 408,434 cases and 2,407 deaths.
  • Kuwait has 408,245 cases and 2,404 deaths as of August 22.

Kyrgyzstan

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

  • Kyrgyzstan has 174,347 cases and 2,494 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Kyrgyzstan has 174,148 cases and 2,489 deaths.
  • Kyrgyzstan has 173,920 cases and 2,484 deaths as of August 22.

Lebanon

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

  • Lebanon has 593,929 cases and 8,019 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Lebanon has 592,780 cases and 8,014 deaths.
  • Lebanon has 592,156 cases and 8,011 deaths as of August 22.

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.  

  • The Maldives has 80,218 cases and 225 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, the Maldives has 80,067 cases and 225 deaths.
  • The Maldives has 79,959 cases and 223 deaths as of August 22.

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 196,846 cases and 907 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Mongolia has 195,250 cases and 902 deaths.
  • Mongolia has 193,684 cases and 898 deaths as of August 22.

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 751,001 cases and 10,568 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Nepal has 748,981 cases and 10,533 deaths.
  • Nepal has 747,433 cases and 10,509 deaths as of August 22.

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 301,570 cases and 4,043 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Oman has 301,450 cases and 4,038 deaths.
  • Oman has 301,299 cases and 4,031 deaths as of August 22.

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 1,131,659 cases and 25,094 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Pakistan has 1,127,584 cases and 25,003 deaths.
  • Pakistan has 1,123,812 cases and 24,923 deaths as of August 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.   

  • Palestine has 329,204 cases and 3,646 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Palestine has 327,634 cases and 3,642 deaths.
  • Palestine has 326,310 cases and 3,637 deaths as of August 22.

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 231,343 cases and 601 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Qatar has 231,126 cases and 601 deaths.
  • Qatar has 230,837 cases and 601 deaths as of August 22.

Russia

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

  • Russia has 6,785,374 cases and 177,614 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Russia has 6,766,541 cases and 176,820 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 542,707 cases and 8,497 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Saudi Arabia has 542,354 cases and 8,490 deaths.
  • Saudi Arabia has 541,994 cases and 8,481 deaths as of August 22.

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 25, South Korea has 241,439 cases and 2,237 deaths.
  • South Korea has 239,287 cases and 2,228 deaths as of August 24.
  • South Korea has 237,782 cases and 2,222 deaths as of August 23.

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.    

  • As of August 24, Sri Lanka has 398,801 cases and 7,750 deaths.
  • Sri Lanka has 394,355 cases and 7,560 deaths as of August 23.
  • Sri Lanka has 390,000 cases and 7,366 deaths as of August 22.

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 15,938 cases and 829 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Taiwan has 15,932 cases and 828 deaths.
  • As of August 22, Taiwan has 15,926 cases and 828 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 6,253,711 cases and 54,995 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Turkey has 6,234,520 cases and 54,765 deaths.
  • Turkey has 6,215,663 cases and 54,533 deaths as of August 22.

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 711,428 cases and 2,026 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, the UAE has 710,438 cases and 2,024 deaths.
  • The UAE has 709,378 cases and 2,020 deaths as of August 22.

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 150,683 cases and 1,035 deaths as of August 24.
  • As of August 23, Uzbekistan has 149,876 cases and 1,028 deaths.
  • Uzbekistan has 149,058 cases and 1,021 deaths as of August 22.

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 7,580 cases and 1,424 deaths as of August 24.
  • Yemen has 7,539 cases and 1,420 deaths as of August 23.
  • Yemen has 7,509 cases and 1,418 deaths as of August 22.

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