PUTRAJAYA JULY 4: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomes the arrival of one million doses of COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine contribution from the United States of America (USA) to Malaysia on 5th July 2021.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said, he would like to express his gratitude to his counterpart His Excellency Antony Blinken and the government of USA’s generous contribution of its COVID-19 vaccines.
“These vaccines will greatly intensify Malaysia’s vaccination process and make meaningful progress to the ongoing rollout of Malaysia’s National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.
“The United States through its Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has also been extending various assistance and contribution to Malaysia since the start of the pandemic last year including in-kind contribution of medical supplies, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and ICT equipment worth USD 250, 000,” Hishammuddin said in a statement here today.
The Minister added, Malaysia is highly appreciative of the invaluable support extended this far by the United States and hope the close and friendly ties will further strengthened for the mutual benefits of our two countries.
“As conveyed earlier in my letter of 4th June 2021 to the Secretary Blinken, I would also like to reiterate that Malaysia welcomes Prresident Joe Biden’s 3rd June announcement of the United States’s expression of support for temporary waiver of the Intellectual Property (IP) protection on COVID-19 vaccines.
“The Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md.Yassin had also announced in his address to the Nikkei International Conference in May 2021 of Malaysia’s support for the IP protection waiver for COVID-19 vaccines.
“In the common pursuit for equitable global access to the COVID-19 vaccines, Malaysia stands ready to establish all-round cooperation with the United States in vaccine research, development, and distribution,” Hishammuddin said.-Malaysia World News