by ANIS HAZIM / pic by BERNAMA
MALAYSIA received one million doses of the Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the United States which arrived at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport this morning.
The vaccines will be distributed to vaccine centres nationwide to assist the country in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, said Malaysia’ US embassy in a statement.
“Malaysia is one of the first countries to receive vaccines under President Biden’s plan to donate 80 million doses of vaccines around the world,” the US embassy said.
This will help to protect the Malaysian people from the Covid-19 virus, allowing Malaysia to turn the page on the pandemic and focus on economic recovery.
The US Ambassador to Malaysia Brian McFeeters said that the US is committed to working with Malaysia to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic and achieve global health security.
“The US and Malaysia have a long, solid partnership in public health issues, and it is our top priority right now to assist Malaysia in saving lives. We are committed to working with the Malaysian government to support the National Covid-19 Immunization Program by increasing vaccine coverage and helping to achieve its target for recovery as quickly as possible,” Brain said.
According to Brian, the vaccine allocation to Malaysia is part of the Biden Administration’s commitment to share US vaccine supply around the globe.
“As we continue to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the US and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the US will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world,” he said.
Notably, the US is the largest financial donor to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access (Covax), the global vaccine-sharing partnership with a $4 billion financial pledge through 2022.
The US also recently announced a landmark pledge to provide an additional 500 million vaccine doses to the world’s lowest-income nations via COVAX.
President Biden in a statement has expressed the US government’s commitment to building a more secure world against infectious diseases and driving the urgency for international vaccination efforts.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favours or extract concessions. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic,” Biden said.