MoH spends RM4.6b on vaccine procurement

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THE government has ordered a total of 87.9 million doses of vaccine as of Sept 13, 2021, which is estimated to cost RM4.64 billion, inclusive of logistics costs.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines accounted for the bulk of the total doses procured at 44.8 million doses.

Other vaccines include China’s Sinovac (20.4 million), AstraZeneca (AZ) provided by the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) Facility (6.4 million), AZ from University of Oxford (6.4 million), Gamaleya’s Sputnik V (6.4 million) and CanSino Biologics Inc (3.5 million).

Deputy Health Minister II Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang said the government is still waiting for the confirmation on the total number of doses that will be received from the Covax for the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

The Moderna and Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines, however, were not included in the vaccine procurement portfolio for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

“Since the government is bound by the Non-Disclosure Agreement, which is a confidentiality term set by vaccine manufacturers, details on each agreement cannot be disclosed, including the price of the vaccine.

“However, the procurement cost for each type of vaccine has been explained in the Public Account Committee’s proceeding during the Special Parliamentary Meeting on Aug 2, 2021,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday responding to a query from Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto.

As of Oct 8, a total of 51.59 million vaccines have been distributed nationwide, namely 28.01 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, 19.66 million doses of Sinovac, 3.62 million doses of AZ and 297,270 doses of CanSino.

In terms of the total distribution of vaccines according to states, 8.59 million doses have been delivered to Selangor, 5.8 million doses to Johor, 5.66 million doses to Sabah, 5.33 million doses to Kuala Lumpur, 4.51 million doses to Sarawak and 3.88 million to Perak.

Kedah has received 3.17 million doses, followed by Penang 3.1 million doses, Kelantan (2.57 million), Pahang (2.43 million), Negri Sembilan (1.86 million), Terengganu (1.86 million), Melaka (1.44 million), Putrajaya (740,230), Perlis (417,270) and Labuan (231,950).

On the vaccination for children below 12 years old, the deputy minister said the ministry is still waiting for clinical evidence from studies done abroad and locally to ensure it can be given to the age group.

As of Oct 11, 90.4% of the adult population in the country or 21.44 million people have received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.