Asia accelerates AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine rollouts, even as trust plunges in Europe

Many Asian nations heavily rely on the AstraZeneca vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic, as the shot is being used in inoculation programmes in South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, and India.

These countries are currently accelerating the rollout of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 jab.

As the island launched its inoculation campaign last month, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters, “I have just finished getting the (AstraZeneca) injection, there is no pain at the injection site, and there is no soreness of the body.”

Thailand’s prime minister also became the first person in the country to be inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine after its rollout was temporarily put on hold over safety concerns, while Indonesia’s Food and Drug agency has warned against its use on people with blood clotting disorders.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, 68, got the shot after the government said it could be used on older people.

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