Selangor to buy 5m doses of vaccine


THE Selangor government intends to purchase five million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for the people in the state, an effort most welcomed by the federal government and the Ministry of Health (MoH).

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said the state government’s intention would reduce the federal government’s burden in purchasing the vaccine for the people.

“During the National Security Council (Emergency) meeting, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was made aware of Selangor’s intention, which was also welcomed by the federal government as their burden (to purchase the vaccine) will be alleviated.

“So far, only the Selangor and Sarawak governments intend to buy the vaccine for the people in their respective states,” he told a virtual press conference yesterday.

Amirudin said he would make a further announcement on the matter once they received the endorsement from the MoH.

He said the state government would collaborate with the federal government through the National Immunisation Plan to prevent overlapping in the efforts to address Covid-19.

The state government would also ensure all target groups would receive the vaccine as they have important roles to play in reviving the state’s economy, he added.