Malaysia to be part of Covax vaccine plan

Malaysia to be part of Covax vaccine plan

Malaysia will join the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) plan. For purchase vaccines for the new coronavirus when it becomes available.

The government is in talks with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), which manages the Covax program. A statement from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti).

Covax is coordinated by GAVI; Alliance for Epidemic Prevention (CEPI); and World Health Organization (WHO).

Mosti said that the CEPI negotiations are also under negotiation and are in discussions with China. This is to establish a government-to-government agreement to obtain vaccines developed by North Asian countries’ pharmaceutical companies.

Besides, the statement also said that the Ministry of Health has also signed confidentiality agreements with some international pharmaceutical companies in the third phase of vaccine trials.

It added that this is to enable the government to negotiate the supply of vaccines that can be approved for Covid-19 treatment.

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“Malaysia becomes part of Covax, establishing strategic relationships with other countries and negotiating directly with pharmaceutical companies, which will ensure that we can immediately obtain sufficient approved vaccine supplies at reasonable prices,” Mosti said in the statement.

After that, Mosti also negotiated the necessary agreements on behalf of the government.

What is Covax?

Covax is a development platform which is for supporting the research, development and production of multiple Covid-19 vaccines.

Furthermore, the collective procurement system aims to provide fair and equitable vaccine use opportunities for participating countries by combining the purchasing power of the economy.

In the end of 2021, it also plans to provide 2 billion doses of safe and effective vaccines. Thus, it will be enough to protect vulnerable communities and frontline people.

On Friday, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) asks the government why Malaysia is not part of Covax. 170 countries have signed the agreement.

Prior to this, Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba stated that Malaysia is still in “communication” with the World Health Organization on the Covid-19 vaccine acquisition plan.

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