The ‘fill-and-finish’ process of the Sinovac vaccine is underway and the group will increase to 2m doses per month
by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE
PHARMANIAGA Bhd is on track to supply a total of seven million doses of Sinovac vaccine to state governments, government-linked companies (GLCs), and the private sector.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said of the total, four million doses have been requested from GLCs and private companies, while three million doses are for state governments that are recording high numbers of Covid-19 cases.
These states include Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak.
However, he did not specify the exact date that the vaccines will be ready for those parties, but they will be delivered immediately.
“I wish to express my highest gratitude to the government for allowing Pharmaniaga to supply directly to private companies.
“When the vaccines are ready, these doses can be delivered to them immediately. We believe it can accelerate herd immunity in the areas that record high numbers of Covid-19 cases almost daily.
“It will not interfere with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme as it can run concurrently with the programme’s second to fourth phases,” he said in a virtual press conference after visiting Pharmaniaga LifeScience Sdn Bhd (PLS) yesterday.
Also present during the press conference were Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Pharmaniaga MD Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope.
Dr Adham said currently, the “fill-and-finish” process of the Sinovac vaccine by PLS is underway and the group will increase the capacity to two million doses per month. He said Pharmaniaga had expressed their desire to speed up the vaccination process by supplying the vaccines produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd.
He noted that the Health Ministry (MoH) will also recall retired vaccinators to work on a contract basis to increase the daily vaccination capacity. “MoH will also use the services of health and medical graduates who are yet to receive job placements at the ministry to help speed up the vaccination programme.
“The mega vaccination centre that will be established can also increase vaccination capacity by up to 200,000 per day.
“Currently, between 90,000 and 100,000 individuals receive their vaccines every day and the number will be increased, so Malaysia can achieve herd immunity by the end of this year,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ismail Sabri concurred that vaccine supply to state governments, GLCs and the private sector will accelerate Malaysia’s achievement of herd immunity.
He said this can also reduce the waiting time for those who register through the MySejahtera application.
He added that if the vaccine from PLS had been received, it can be used immediately and the government is ready to help provide additional vaccination centres.
Additionally, Ismail Sabri noted that the Malaysian Armed Forces is also ready to increase the number of field hospitals, doctors and paramedics to meet the treatment needs of Covid-19 patients.