07 May 2021
Malaysia is set to receive 3.52 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from three vaccine suppliers namely Pfizer BioNtech, Sinovac and AstraZeneca in May. Other vaccine doses are ordered and will be received in the coming months.
"The supply of vaccine will be higher from June and this month alone; we are getting 3.52 million doses. From June, July and August we will be receiving more so we are confident we could speed up the process of vaccination,” Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said whilst addressing reporters after monitoring the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme at a private facility.
He continued “The Health Ministry has procured and confirmed delivery according to schedule, similarly for the third phase.” Despite the allegations of problems of supply shortage, vaccines will start being administered according to the vaccine dispensing programme schedule.
Diplomats, counsellors and their dependents will be taking the jabs, approved by the government. This will amount to around 4,000 jabs for Malaysia’s foreign missions. So far, we have allowed diplomats from the British High Commission while the Australian High Commission are in the process of providing its list to that we can forward them into MySejahtera before giving the vaccine, all vials have to be uncontaminated and would have to be disposed of according to pharmaceutical requirements,” Dr Adham noted.
He took to Twitter to announce that as of the day before, 632,366 individuals had completed two doses of vaccine. In addition, 991,906 individuals took the first dose. Selangor has had the most number of doses, 133,226, Kuala Lumpur 97,972, Sarawak 94,866, Johor 86,433 and Perak 84,355.