By TMR / Pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN
MALAYSIA has received up to 2,913,750 doses of Covid-19 vaccine covering a total of 1.40 million Malaysians.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said in a written reply in Dewan Rakyat today that all of the donated vaccines were included in the supply stock National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).
Four countries – Japan, China, US and the United Kingdom have donated AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines to the country.
The US is the biggest donor by donating 1,000,350 doses of Pfizer vaccine, Japan with 998,400 doses AstraZenevca vaccine, China with 500,000 of Sinovac vaccine and the United Kingdom with 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine.
“The Government of Malaysia has an agreement with vaccine-contributing countries that do not allow any sale of vaccines to any third party,” Mosti said.
The ministry reiterated that all vaccines are effective in combating the Covid virus, although it noted that the efficacy may wear off after quite some time.
“Therefore, the government has agreed to carry out the administration of a third dose specifically to certain groups especially those at high risk and further details will be released by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM),” Mosti added.