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312,390 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to arrive in first shipment

Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says other vaccines are also going through the regulatory process, with hope that they can be used in Phase 1 of the vaccination programme as well.

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A total of 312,390 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will be flown in as the first shipment to Malaysia.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the vaccine will be flown by MASKargo flight to KLIA where it will be sorted and sent to various vaccine storage sites around the country.

“As announced by [email protected], we will receive our first shipment of Pfizer vaccine on Feb 21.

“We will have the army and police escorting and securing the vaccine from end to end,” he said in a series of Twitter posts today.

He said other vaccines are also going through the regulatory process with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency.

“Hopefully we can add other vaccines in Phase 1,” he added.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today said he would receive the vaccine on the first day of the programme implementation, together with the frontliners.

The first phase of the programme, which will run until April, will involve the frontliners, followed by the second phase from April to August for the high-risk groups, and the third phase, from May this year until February next year, for those aged 18 and above.

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