Malaysia receives vaccines from UAE

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN

MALAYSIA has received the first shipment of 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The second shipment of another 500,000 doses is expected to arrive in the next two weeks.

Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah in expressing his gratitude to the Emirati government for the donation, said Malaysia had previously received assistance from the UAE in the form 20,000 units of polymerase chain reaction test kits and seven tonnes of hand sanitisers, in March and May 2020, respectively.

“On behalf of Malaysia, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Sheikh Zayed, the Crown Prince and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, for the generous contribution of the vaccines,” he said at the handover ceremony held at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday, adding that it will significantly boost Malaysia’s efforts to combat the pandemic.

He also said UAE’s contributions represent significant milestones in both countries’ strong relationship.

UAE Chargé d’affaires ad interim, Nouf Ibrahim Ali Rashed AlKuwaiti, said the UAE is committed to assist Malaysia in this time of need and to the bilateral relationship between the two nations.

“The UAE is committed to cooperating closely with the Malaysian government to ensure that the vaccines are delivered successfully and that they are distributed to all Malaysians who require it.

“Since the start of the pandemic, the UAE has always considered Malaysia as a close ally and has contributed a lot to supporting Malaysia in the fight against Covid-19,” she said in her speech.

According to her, it has been the UAE’s honour to assist Malaysia in safeguarding the lives and health of its citizens.

In 2021, the UAE announced a contribution of one million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Malaysia.