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Despite being fully vaccinated, Malaysian singer Eric Moo was not allowed to board his China Southern Airlines flight to Singapore earlier this week.

The 58-year-old, who has a music production company in Shanghai, had completed both doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine in the city in September and was supposed to fly to Singapore to visit his mother.

He had prepared all the necessary documents and fulfilled conditions for entry to Singapore including a negative pre-departure Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

However, just before boarding, he was stopped by the airline ground staff and was told his vaccination cert is not recognised in Singapore.

"They said that my vaccination certificate is not recognised in Singapore because it only states the manufacturer of the vaccine and not the English name of the vaccine, ‘Sinopharm’. And Singapore only recognises the brand of the vaccine but not the name of the pharmaceutical company,” he told Lianhe Zaobao.

Eric had no choice but to seek help from the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission but was told that hospitals can only issue vaccination certs and could not make changes to them.

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