Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be one of the first people in the country to receive the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine. It is to convince the public that it is safe and effective.
Mr. Muhyiddin says that the vaccine will provided first to front-line medical staff. Then to high-risk groups such as the elderly, non-communicable diseases and chronic respiratory diseases.
Mr. Muhyiddin announced the latest development and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Malaysians in a short video on Tuesday (December 22).
He said the government will ensure that the vaccine is provided immediately.
“The government expects the first supply of one million doses of vaccine from Pfizer to be received and given to the target group by February 2021 at the earliest.”
Malaysia announced last month that it agreed to purchase 12.8 million doses of the vaccine. According to the agreement, Pfizer will provide the first 1 million doses in the first quarter of 2021. And will provide 1.7 million, 5.8 million and 4.3 million doses in subsequent quarters.
Mr. Muhyiddin also said that according to the local news media “New Straits Times”. The government has just signed an agreement with the biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to ensure access to 6.4 million doses or more than 10% of the vaccine.
“This means a guarantee to 40 per cent supply of vaccines have been secured via the agreements with the COVAX Facility, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.”
Mr. Muhyiddin adds that the government is also in the final stage of negotiations with China’s Sinovac, CanSino, and Russia-backed Gamaleya Research Center. To ensure that more than 80% of the country’s population has vaccinated.
Mr. Muhyiddin said in the video that the National Medical Products Administration (NPRA) of the Ministry of Health will continue to monitor the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine. Once obtained and used.
“Once again, I would like to invite all of you to appreciate and cultivate new norms in everyday life even after we receive vaccine supplies and being vaccinated.”
He said: “We need to adapt to the new norms because the virus is already in the community.”
Mr. Muhyiddin also reminded people to follow the established safety measures, wash their hands frequently, wear masks and keep their distance.