UPDATE: This explainer was updated on December 14, following news that Singapore has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for pandemic use. Singapore has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for pandemic use. More vaccines are expected to arrive in Singapore in the coming months U.S. biotech firm Moderna is already in talks with Singapore's Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to bring its vaccine into the country. There are many different Covid-19 vaccine candidates that are being developed right now. This website tracks those that are in Phase 1 to 3 of trial and some in research stages . All of them are racing against time to produce viable Covid-19 vaccines for the world. But before we get ahead of ourselves, it is useful to understand how Covid-19 vaccines differ in the way they work. How do Covid-19 vaccines trigger the body's immune response? Vaccines generally work by triggering the body's immune response. The body then remembers it and activates ... » Learn More about How Covid-19 vaccines work & the reported side effects so far
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Who: Winnie Chan is the chief executive and co-founder of Bynd Artisan, a home-grown brand that specialises in personalising leather and paper goods. Bynd Artisan carries the brand mark of Made With Passion, an initiative by the Singapore Brand Office and Singapore Tourism Board to celebrate local lifestyle brands. Ms Chan, 49, is married to the brand's co-founder, Mr James Quan, 53. They have two children - Vera, 24, an analyst at a business consulting firm, and Josh, 21, an undergraduate in business school. The brand recently integrated their online and offline platforms and opened a concept store in collaboration with dessert cafe Sunday Folks, called Bynd Artisan + Sunday Folks Experience Store at Ion Orchard. "On most weekends, our children are out with friends, so it is usually just me and my husband. We like taking walks where there is greenery and nature. Otherwise, I would be at Bynd Artisan's Holland Village Atelier attending crafting workshops, such as the recent ... » Learn More about My Perfect Weekend with Winnie Chan of Bynd Artisan
President Benigno S. Aquino III takes his last view of the Pasig River as seen from the Private Office in Left-leaning activists asked the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday to indict former President Benigno Aquino III for corruption in connection with his administration’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), an economic pump-priming measure that the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional two years ago. The suit is the second filed against Aquino since he stepped down and lost his immunity, in what his camp brands as pure harassment. He is also facing a criminal complaint over the botched Mamasapano counterterrorism operation that left 44 police commandos dead in a clash with Moro rebels last year. READ: Citizen Noy sued over SAF 44 deaths In a 26-page complaint, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and Bayan Muna party-list group pressed malversation, usurpation of powers and graft charges against Aquino and his budget secretary, Florencio Abad, for the controversial ... » Learn More about Aquino faces charges over DAP
Covid-19 is truly the bane of our lives — our favourite National Steps Challenge Season 6 is cancelled. Since the National Steps Challenge won’t make a comeback this year, the Health Promotion Board has come up Live Healthy and Lumihealth, two fitness programmes to help Singaporeans tackle our WFH weight gain . Let’s dive in to see if we can score a free Fitbit or HPB vouchers this time round. HPB’s “free” Fitbit programme: Live Healthy SG The HPB has collaborated with Fitbit to come up with Live Healthy SG , which is sort of like the National Steps Challenge but with a Fitbit instead of a no-brand steps tracker. Participants will need to commit to one year of Fitbit Premium in order to get a free Fitbit. When paired with a Fitbit, Fitbit Premium acts like a sort of personal trainer on your wrist. You get access to personalised health/fitness insights and fitness programmes customised to you. Supposedly, these let you achieve better outcomes in the ... » Learn More about HPB x Fitbit’s Live Healthy SG: Is it worth signing up for a ‘free’ Fitbit?
CROWNING MOMENT President Duterte formally installs Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa as the 21st chief of the Philippine National Police on Friday. De la Rosa replaced Director General Ricardo Marquez, who retired from the service on Tuesday. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS DIVISION The new Philippine National Police chief yesterday gave police coddlers of drug lords two days to surrender or face the consequences of defying President Duterte’s merciless fight against illegal drugs. “Surrender in 48 hours or die,” Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said in a speech during ceremonies for his assumption of office as the new PNP chief. President Duterte led the ceremonies, ordering corrupt policemen in a speech to resign, vowing “zero tolerance” for rogue law enforcers, and promising “to die” for those who do their duty honestly. “I will not run this country with a corrupt police,” Mr. Duterte said. Government officials, lawmakers and diplomats attended the event, ... » Learn More about ‘Surrender in 48 hrs or die’
Since workplace gatherings are not allowed now under the latest Covid-19 restrictions, we yearn for the good ol' days where we would go out after work for dinner, drinks and maybe karaoke. For those working in showbiz though — namely actors and actresses — it doesn't seem like people are all that sociable, according to Star Search 2019 winner Zhang Zetong. On the latest episode of the meWATCH talk show Hear U Out, the 28-year-old Malaysian actor spoke to host Quan Yi Fong and hesitated for a bit when asked if he has any friends in the industry. He answered in the affirmative, but Yi Fong wanted to know why he hesitated. "I never used to give much thought to the concept of friends. I thought of everyone as friends. After joining showbiz, I realised that's not the case. There's a distinction between friends and colleagues. Colleagues may have fun filming every day but we're not close like friends," he explained. Yi Fong shared that it must have been a culture shock because ... » Learn More about Zhang Zetong not used to how local actors simply leave without socialising after filming
Maddie Ziegler and Eddie Benjamin practise laser focus, work ethic and gratitude at every opportunity. I tallied their use of the word "grateful", which came up no less than 30 times in our hour-long interview, but not in the woo-woo tonality often linked to Californians and Instagram stars. In the pursuit of their wildest dreams, they make a point of not forgetting to do "kid stuff" along the way. "It's a thing, because we're always working. We're like, let's go and do some kid s*** today. I bought this electric bike and we've been riding around the neighbourhood - in a safe manner." says singer-songwriter Benjamin, 19 with his signature gap-tooth grin. Work for the pair spans every aspect of the creative arts. Ziegler, 18, is arguably the most recognisable dancer in the world. She starred in the hugely popular reality TV show Dance Moms between 2011 to 2016 and cemented herself in pop culture history with a bounce-off-the-wall performance in Australian singer-songwriter Sia ... » Learn More about Creative power couple in the spotlight
Imagine this: You've had a great meal. You pay for it contactlessly, through your smart watch. You've paid on credit, and when the bill arrives and you make payment, it's done with a few quick taps on your smartphone, without a single sheet of paper needing to be printed. That's what the future looks like — for now at least — with Singapore's new digital banks in the picture. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has awarded four licenses so far, and more may follow in future. Hold on, you might be asking. That doesn't seem too different from what we have now, in 2020. So what's the big deal with digital banks, and what benefits might they bring, and what risks should we watch out for? We try to answer these questions. What is a digital bank? Existing banks in Singapore do already have comprehensive digital services, and many of its younger (or more tech-savvy) customers already do most of their banking online. But one of the requirements for these ... » Learn More about Fully-digital banks will launch in S’pore soon. Here are their potential risks & benefits.
Funeral parlor attendants carry the body of Ed Borces, a suspected drug lord, who was shot and killed by Talamban police after raiding the suspect’s house in Sitio San Jose, Barangay Talamban, Cebu City. CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is spiraling out of control, a top human rights lawyer and opposition lawmakers said on Friday as police confirmed killing more than 100 drug suspects and at least two senators expressed support for a proposed Senate investigation of the killings. “President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiraling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law and without reason,” said Manuel Diokno, chair of the Free Legal Assistance Group. Diokno, a prominent law professor, likened the killings to the actions of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, accused of killing thousands of dissidents during a 20-year rule that ended in 1986. Rep. Teddy Baguilat said the ... » Learn More about Drug war ‘spiraling out of control’
Hand hygiene just got a lot more luxe. Within a week, local leather gifting brand Bynd Artisan went from crafting customised notebooks to European leather hand sanitiser holders. It was to keep its team of 12 craftsmen, half of whom are aged above 50, active and purposeful, says co-founder Winnie Chan. The bookbinding boss, who is in her late 40s, landed on the idea after buying hand sanitisers in bulk to distribute to her staff. Its senior craftsman later designed the mould for the hand sanitiser holders. That was before circuit breaker measures were first announced on April 3, mandating that Bynd Arti-san's five ateliers close on April 7. In three days, the team scrambled to pull together take-home kits for the craftsmen. Inside were punching tools, cutting boards, leather pieces and the holder mould to trace and cut out. On April 8, the team got on a Zoom conference call for a refresher on how to make the leather holders. Among them was its oldest craftsman, a ... » Learn More about From leather gift products to hand sanitiser holders: Allowing craftsmen to stay active and purposeful