by AFIQ AZIZ
THE Selangor government has received up to 3,500 applications of interest through its SELangkah online platform to buy vaccines from the state government.
State Health, Welfare, Women and Family Empowerment Committee chairman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud said the businesses represent some one million workers in Selangor.
Dr Siti Mariah did not reveal the price or the type of vaccine that will be provided by the state.
She however stated that Selangor is in the final stage to procure one of the vaccines approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), which is either Pfizer, Sinovac or AstraZeneca.
“The initial doses are 2.5 million doses but Selangor is willing to procure more. Details will be shared by the Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari soon,” she said in a media conference today.
“We plan to roll out this programme in June,” said Dr Siti Mariah.
She added that employers will procure the vaccine from the state at their own cost, without the state subsidy.
Dr Siti Mariah also cited data by Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee, which to date, Selangor only received 3.3% or 160,000 of the total doses procured by Putrajaya – a ratio she said is not fair for Selangor which populates by some six million people with half of them in the job market.
“We cannot let this continue which would cause the Selangor economy to collapse,” she added