The role of vaccines in COVID-19 control strategies in Singapore and China

Jintao Zhang, Hao Yang, Mengying Yang, Hao Tan

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Objectives: In this article, we critically review the development and implementation of COVID-19 vaccination in
Singapore and China during the pandemic.
Methods: We collect and analyze data from a range of sources, including scholarly articles, statistics and documents from national governments in the two countries, and reports from international organizations.
Results: There are important differences in the two countries’ approaches to the evolving pandemic, and thus the
roles that COVID-19 vaccination plays in the overall response strategies in these two countries.
Conclusions: Whereas Singapore adopted a “living with the virus” strategy, China continued to pursue a COVIDzero strategy. The overall COVID-19 response strategy of Singapore was largely shared by many countries in the
world, while that of China was more unique and hardly imitated elsewhere. Nevertheless, vaccination played a
significant role in both countries’ responses to the pandemic. A comparison and contrast between the vaccination
processes in these two countries thus shed important light on the drivers and outcomes of COVID-19 vaccination
in different settings.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100620
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Policy And Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes


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