As the U.S. and U.K. starts rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine, one wouldn’t help but wonder, when will Malaysia receive its share of the vaccine and start administering it on its people
Well rest assured, because Bernama has reported that the nation can expect to receive its first batch of the vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech in February 2021. One million doses will be delivered by Pfizer in the first quarter of 2021, followed by 1.7 million, 5.8 million and 4.3 million subsequently.
The government also plans to hold more talks with other pharmaceutical companies in order to secure more vaccine.
“The government is making efforts to get a bigger supply of vaccine to meet our needs. The government will take the advice of the Health Ministry regarding the percentage of people who need to be vaccinated,” Mohamed Azmin was quoted as saying by Bernama.
The country is also expected to sign a deal to purchase British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca’s vaccine.
Health minister Adham Baba announced on Saturday that an agreement was made with AstraZeneca for the purchase of vaccines that will be brought in around February next year. This will be enough to vaccinate 20% of all Malaysians.
Malaysia had earlier announced that it had reached an agreement with Pfizer to purchase enough doses to vaccinate 6.4 million citizens. The government also plans to buy more vaccines to be able to immunize as many as 70% of the population.
“As for Malaysia, we have already got 30%. I have instructed Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba along with Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar [Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation] to negotiate and increase it from 30%-60% or 70%,” Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.