The national vaccination program would take up to 18 months.
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Young and healthy Malaysians would only receive the Covid-19 vaccine by July 2021 because frontliners and senior citizens are first in line to be inoculated.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister and Co-Chairman of the Covid-19 Vaccine Supplies Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) Khairy Jamaluddin wrote in a statement that the primary goal of the national vaccination program would be to protect high-risk individuals like frontline healthcare and security workers before moving on to the elderly and people with chronic illness.
He explained that healthy adults under the age of 60 can expect to be vaccinated, at the earliest, by the third quarter of the year in order for the country to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.
Khairy says that it is important for Malaysia to manage their expectations and be realistic, adding that the country’s vaccination plan would take up to 18 months.
Supply and demand
Elaborating on the country’s vaccination schedule, Khairy said that Malaysia was on track to receive the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines in February and that we are among the first in the Asia Pacific to gain access to it.
The Pfizer (Covid-19 vaccine) that Malaysia has ordered, one million doses will be received in the first quarter (of 2021), 1.7 million doses in the second quarter, 5.8 million doses in the third quarter and 4.3 million doses in the fourth quarter. This is the same as other vaccines produced by other companies that have been ordered. This is the reality when demand (for the vaccine) exceeds manufacturing and production capacity.Khairy Jamaludin
Khairy also explained that Malaysia may update our vaccine orders in the future to ensure that all the purchased vaccines are safe, effective and beneficial to the country’s finances.
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