SINGAPORE: Oil rises on hopes U.S. pandemic stimulus will spur fuel demand

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Oil rose on Tuesday for the third time in four sessions on expectations for rising fuel demand, as the United States moved towards expanding its pandemic aid payments and with a final Brexit deal set to stabilize trade between Europe and the UK.

Brent crude was up 49 cents, or 1%, at $51.35 a barrel by 0756 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures added 41 cents, or 0.9%, to $48.03 a barrel.

Singapore panel recommends maximum level of COVID-19 vaccine coverage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An expert committee convened by Singapore’s health ministry has recommended all residents medically eligible for COVID-19 vaccination to take shots as they become available, although it said vaccination should remain a voluntary option.

The recommendation comes as Singapore’s success in controlling the virus makes some question whether they should take the jabs. The city-state has been reporting almost zero new local cases daily over the last few weeks.

SIA Delivers First Shipment Of Pfizer-Biontech Covid-19 Vaccines To Singapore

SINGAPORE, Dec 22 (NNN-Bernama) — Singapore Airlines (SIA) delivered the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to Singapore earlier Monday evening onboard one of its Boeing 747-400 freighters.

“The delivery of this first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to Singapore is an important milestone in the fight against Covid-19, and we are honoured to be able to play a part in this,” said SIA’s Senior Vice President Cargo, Chin Yau Seng, in a statement Monday.

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Singapore

Singapore, Dec 22 (PTI) Singapore has received its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, making it the first country in Asia to take the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech as it plans to inoculate its 5.7 million people by the third quarter of 2021.

The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine landed in Singapore on Monday, The Straits Times reported.

SINGAPORE: Oil prices hit nine-month high after inventory draw

SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) -Oil climbed to a nine-month high on Thursday after government data showed a fall in U.S. crude stockpiles last week, while progress towards a U.S. fiscal stimulus deal and strong Asian demand also buoyed prices.

The U.S. dollar also set a 2-1/2-year low against major rivals on Thursday. Oil prices generally rise when the dollar falls because crude priced in the greenback becomes cheaper for buyers holding other currencies.

Brent crude futures was up 14 cents at $51.22 a barrel by 1110 GMT, having traded as high as $51.90.

UK signs Singapore trade deal as EU talks falter

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Britain on Thursday signed a free-trade deal with Singapore, giving it a key foothold in Asia as it seeks to forge its own path after leaving the European Union, while talks on a post-Brexit deal stumble.

The agreement largely replicates an existing EU-Singapore agreement, with the city-state’s trade ministry saying it will cover more than 17 billion pounds in trade.

Singapore to unilaterally lift border restrictions to travellers from Taiwan from Dec 18

SINGAPORE, Dec 11 (NNN-CNA) — Singapore will lift border restrictions for visitors from Taiwan from Dec 18, said the Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS).

With immediate effect, travellers can apply for a single-entry Air Travel Pass (ATP) to enter Singapore from next Friday, said CAAS in a news release, adding that they must be in Taiwan for 14 consecutive days before departure.

Covid-19: Singapore to contribute US$5 million to COVAX, to help less wealthy countries access vaccines

SINGAPORE, Dec 4 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Singapore will contribute US$5 million (S$6.67 million) to help bring COVID-19 vaccines to people in low- and lower-middle-income countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a joint statement.

The contribution will go towards the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Advance Market Commitment (AMC) mechanism, which will assist 92 countries in securing access to vaccines.

Singapore's PM calls for affordable access to vaccines, better global disease surveillance networks at G20 summit

SINGAPORE, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has put forward two suggestions on what G20 countries could do together at the G20 summit on Saturday, the Straits Times report on Sunday.

The first suggestion is to ensure affordable and equitable access to vaccines. Lee said that he was glad the G20 had advanced vaccine multilateralism by backing global initiatives such as the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility.

Singapore needs more talent for growth of tech industry: PM Lee

Singapore, Nov 18 (PTI) Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said the country needs more talent in technology and hoped that a newly-announced work pass will help it attract "highly accomplished" individuals in the field, a media report said on Wednesday.

Lee, who delivered his keynote speech to the Singapore Tech Forum 2020 on Tuesday night via a Facebook livestream, stressed that talent is key as Singapore develops its technology ecosystem.

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