The Big Story: New, more contagious Covid-19 strains - experts divided on their effect

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Singapore is looking to potentially deliver over 70,000 Covid-19 shots a day through new vaccination centres and roving teams.

According to tender documents seen by The Straits Times, the Ministry of Health (MOH) wants to appoint a vendor to set up 36 vaccination centres from Feburary. It will also set up 10 mobile teams to provide mass vaccinations for places such as nursing homes.

Meanwhile, experts ST spoke to are divided on the effect that new Covid-19 strains pose in the fight against the pandemic in Singapore.

We speak to two of them - Professor Dale Fisher, a senior infectious diseases consultant at the National University Hospital, and Associate Professor Alex Cook, vice dean of research at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. They tell us if these variants are a cause for concern.

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