New Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine in Singapore is made in same way as Pfizer-BioNTech

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Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine vials.
Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine vials. (PHOTO: Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore will soon be receiving a new batch of COVID-19 vaccines called Comirnaty, which is the same as the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccines used in the national vaccination programme.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a media release on Wednesday (23 June) that these vaccines have the same research name - BNT162b2 - as the Pfizer-BioNTech ones, and are manufactured according to the same processes and procedures.

The Comirnaty vaccines also meet the same finished product specifications as the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, and are similarly manufactured in Europe and shipped directly to Singapore.

"The only difference is in their label," MOH said.

The ministry will therefore be adjusting the HealthHub records of those who have received, or will be receiving, the Pfizer-BioNTech or Comirnaty vaccines. The records will now be under the "Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty" category.

Moderna is the other mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid) vaccine used in Singapore and approved by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

The Sinovac vaccine remains unregistered in the Republic, and while it is not authorised by the HSA for use under the Pandemic Special Access Route, it can be administered at 24 approved private healthcare clinics.

As at last Saturday, more than half the Singapore population have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccines.

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