Malaysians may have ended the year with CMCO still in place for certain areas, but 2021 is showing promises of being better as the vaccine is due to be arriving on Malaysian soil in February next year.
To add on to the various questions that Malaysians have about the virus, one lingering one is that who is going to get the virus first and when? Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin cleared the air by announcing that he would be among the first to be administered with the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in a bid to assure the people of its safety.
Following that statement, he announced that front liners would be the next group to receive the vaccine.
“After the front liners, the vaccine will be given to the target groups comprising high risk groups including the senior citizens, those with noncommunicable diseases (NCD) and chronic respiratory illnesses,” said the prime minister.
Other than Pfizer, the government had also just inked an agreement with Astra Zeneca to secure 6.4 million doses or 10% more vaccines.
“This means a guarantee to 40 per cent supply of vaccines have been secured via the agreements with the Covax Facility, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
“The government is also in the final stage of negotiation with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya to secure vaccine supply increase of more than 80 per cent of the country’s population or 26.5 million” he said.
According to Muhyiddin, agreements with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya is also expected to add value to the country’s science and technology sector that would in turn benefit the people and country’s development. All this would include the bottling process, research and development as well as the knowledge sharing and technology transfer.
The country plans to administer the Covid-19 vaccine as early as February while more would be acquired to cover more than 80% of the population.