According to NST, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be among the first individuals to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in a bid to convince the people that the vaccine obtained by the country is safe and effective.
The Prime Minister said in a televised message that it would be followed by the frontliners, before being given to target groups, namely high-risk groups such as the elderly, those with non-communicable diseases and chronic respiratory diseases.
The government is expected to receive and administer the first supply of one million vaccines from Pfizer to the target groups as early as February 2021.
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Besides that, Muhyiddin also said the government had just confirmed an agreement with AstraZeneca, a research-based biopharmaceutical company, to secure 6.4 million doses or 10 per cent more vaccines. The government is also in the final stage of negotiation with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya to secure 26.5 million vaccine supply.
“Based on all completed and ongoing negotiations, the government will fork out US$504.4 million (RM2.05 billion),” he mentioned.
The prime minister added the agreements with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya would add value to the country’s science and technology sector that would benefit the people and the country’s development. This includes vaccine bottling process in Malaysia; research and development as well as knowledge sharing and technology transfer.
He noted that the government would continue negotiating with other pharmaceutical companies to ensure Malaysia would have enough supply of vaccines.
Muhyiddin also renewed his call on the importance of embracing and culturalising the new normal in one’s daily life even after one has been vaccinated.