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Malaysia Signs Deal With Pfizer, Covid-19 Vaccines Coming In January

Malaysia Signs Deal With Pfizer, Covid-19 Vaccines Coming In January

Frontliners, high risk groups will be vaccinated first.

Hakim Hassan

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The government has signed an agreement with Pfizer, an international pharmaceutical company to get 12.8 million doses of vaccine for Malaysians starting next year, based on reports by NST.

The report states that it can immunise up to 6.4 million Malaysians or around 20% of the population.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the vaccines will arrive in stages, according to a preliminary purchasing agreement signed on 24 November.

Through this arrangement, Pfizer has agreed to deliver one million doses in the first quarter of next year, followed by 1.7 million doses in the second quarter, 5.8 million in the third quarter and 4.3 million doses in the fourth quarter. Vaccination will be conducted in phases and will prioritise high-risk groups who are more susceptible to Covid-19.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin via NST

Commenting on the deal, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that 1 million doses will arrive by the first quarter of next year, with plans to vaccinate frontliners first.

He added that high risk individuals, such as the elderly or those with comorbidity, would be prioritised followed by general population

When asked about the deal between Malaysia and China, Khairy said that the government is ironing out the details on how to bring the vaccines here.

In his daily press conference, Health Director-General, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham said that the vaccines will be used to those above the age of 18 years old and it will only be given to children under 12 after more research has been done on its side effects.

He echoed the comments made by Khairy by saying that frontliners and high risk groups will be prioritised first.

Dr Noor also said that if the vaccine can’t be registered with the United States’ Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), then the whole deal falls apart.


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