KUALA LUMPUR DEC.22 Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he will be among the first to take the COVID-19 vaccine to ensure its safety and effectiveness followed by the front liners and the high risk groups.
The Prime Minister said, the high risk groups include senior citizens with non communicable diseases (NCD) and patients with chronic breathing problems.
Muhyiddin said, one million COVID-19 vaccines from Pfiser will reach the targeted group in early February 2021 and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) will monitor the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.
Earlier Muhyiddin announced that the government had just signed an agreement with pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the procurement of additional 10 per cent or 6.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.
The Prime Minister said, with that agreement, the government had secured 40 per cent guarantee of vaccine supply through joint agreements with Covax, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
The government has previously signed preliminary agreements with Covax and Pfizer for the procurement of the Covid-19 vaccine to secure a vaccine supply of 30 per cent of the population.
“The government is also in final negotiations with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya to secure a vaccine supply increase of more than 80 per cent or 26.5 million of the country’s total population, ” he said on a special announcement on Covid-19 vaccine for Malaysians via TV1 here today.
The 80 per cent supply exceeds the government’s initial target to provide vaccines to 70 per cent of Malaysians.
Muhyiddin said, the government will spend a total of US$504.4mil (RM2.05bil) through the negotiations and agreements that have been signed.
Meanwhile he said, the agreements with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya would also provide added value to the local science and technology sectors which would benefit the people and the country’s development.
“This includes carrying out vaccine bottling processes in the country, research and development, as well as knowledge sharing and technology transfer, ”he said.
Muhyiddin added, the government will continue to hold talks with other pharmaceutical companies to ensure the country has adequate access to free vaccine supply.
He also emphasized that the government is aware that efforts to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further are important to ensure that the economic situation of the people and the country can be improved as soon as possible. –Malaysia World News