Close to ten million Malaysians to get Covid-19 vaccine next year

The much-needed Covid-19 vaccine is finally on the way.

About 9.6 million people or 30 per cent of Malaysia’s population will become vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus next year, according to the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

So far, the government has signed two agreements for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, namely with Pfizer/BioNTech and with Covax, the World Health Organisation’s initiative that aims to bring governments and vaccine manufacturers together to ensure all countries have access to a vaccine once they become available.

Malaysia will receive the vaccine supply in stages, starting from the first quarter of 2021, Muhyiddin said, adding that he was confident that with access to these vaccines and the continued efforts to break the chain of infections, Malaysia can bring the outbreak of the disease under control.

He also stressed the importance of collaboration with countries in the region to fight Covid-19 and revive the economy, as well as ensuring equitable access to the vaccine.

He added that Malaysia will hold a general election when the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Vaccine will be distributed for free

Overall, Malaysia agreed to buy 12.8 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to announce a deal with the US drug maker after some expressed reservations over the need for ultra-cold storage.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia would prioritise high-risk groups, including frontliners and senior citizens, as well as those with non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes. He also said that the vaccine would be distributed for free.

As of December 3, Malaysia has recorded 69,095 coronavirus infections, with 57,917 recovered and 376 dead.



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The much-needed Covid-19 vaccine is finally on the way. About 9.6 million people or 30 per cent of Malaysia’s population will become vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus next year, according to the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. So far, the government has signed two agreements for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, namely with Pfizer/BioNTech and with Covax, the World Health Organisation’s initiative that aims to bring governments and vaccine manufacturers together to ensure all countries have access to a vaccine once they become available. Malaysia will receive the vaccine supply in stages, starting from the first quarter of 2021, Muhyiddin...

The much-needed Covid-19 vaccine is finally on the way.

About 9.6 million people or 30 per cent of Malaysia’s population will become vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus next year, according to the country’s Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

So far, the government has signed two agreements for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines, namely with Pfizer/BioNTech and with Covax, the World Health Organisation’s initiative that aims to bring governments and vaccine manufacturers together to ensure all countries have access to a vaccine once they become available.

Malaysia will receive the vaccine supply in stages, starting from the first quarter of 2021, Muhyiddin said, adding that he was confident that with access to these vaccines and the continued efforts to break the chain of infections, Malaysia can bring the outbreak of the disease under control.

He also stressed the importance of collaboration with countries in the region to fight Covid-19 and revive the economy, as well as ensuring equitable access to the vaccine.

He added that Malaysia will hold a general election when the Covid-19 pandemic is over.

Vaccine will be distributed for free

Overall, Malaysia agreed to buy 12.8 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to announce a deal with the US drug maker after some expressed reservations over the need for ultra-cold storage.

Muhyiddin said Malaysia would prioritise high-risk groups, including frontliners and senior citizens, as well as those with non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes. He also said that the vaccine would be distributed for free.

As of December 3, Malaysia has recorded 69,095 coronavirus infections, with 57,917 recovered and 376 dead.



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