Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Govt to sign vaccine procurement deal with Johnson & Johnson

Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says clinical information on the vaccine so far has been positive.

Other News

China targets Uighurs with more prosecutions, longer prison terms, says rights group

HRW says police, prosecutors and courts have been placed under pressure to 'deliver swift and harsh punishment' in the name of counter-terrorism, causing many to be imprisoned without committing any genuine offence.

Pengasas Sugarbook mengaku tidak bersalah cetus kegentaran awam

Pengakuan Chan Eu Boon, 34, itu direkod selepas pertuduhan dibacakan jurubahasa di hadapan Majistret Sabreena [email protected] Bahari.

Tiger Wood cedera dalam kemalangan di California

Bagaimanapun kecederaan yang dialami Woods, 45, tidak mengancam nyawa.

Imigresen harus disiasat kerana langgar perintah mahkamah, kata NGO

Human Rights Watch berkata, jabatan imigresen harus sedar mereka tidak boleh bertindak melangkaui undang-undang.

Covid-19 infections in Lagos alone ‘may top Africa’s official total’

The numbers in Africa could be higher than reported because of low testing and poor registration of deaths.

The government will sign a Covid-19 vaccine procurement contract with Johnson & Johnson from the US soon, says Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said so far, clinical information on the vaccine had been positive, and based on the recommendation of the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV), the Cabinet decided to purchase the vaccine.

“We are still in the discussion process and I understand that Health Minister Dr Adham Baba will soon sign a contract for Malaysia to procure the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson.

“Only after that will we send the vaccine to the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) for evaluation,” he said at a press conference today, adding that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single-dose vaccine.

On two-dose vaccines, Khairy said under the JKJAV policy, the second dose of vaccine would be safely stored for those who have received the first dose.

“We are following the suggestion of vaccine supplier, Pfizer, that the second dose be given 21 days after the first.

“We do not want to take the UK’s approach of extending the time for the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine from one month to nine or up to 12 weeks,” he added.

The two-dose vaccines are produced by companies such as Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd (Sinovac) and CanSinoBIO, while the one-dose type comes from Sputnik V, besides Johnson & Johnson.

Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates:

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news and analyses.

Related Articles

Covid-19 infections in Lagos alone ‘may top Africa’s official total’

The numbers in Africa could be higher than reported because of low testing and poor registration of deaths.

Phone app giving instant health checks trialled in Singapore

The app could become the first line of defence against further outbreaks of Covid-19.

Global digital vaccination travel passport ready ‘within weeks’

As the pandemic continues, governments are preparing to only allow vaccinated tourists to enter their countries.

AstraZeneca EU supply chain shortfall continues in second quarter

The British-Swedish company had sparked fury among European leaders by announcing that it would miss its target of supplying the EU with 400 million doses, due to a shortfall at the firm's European plants.

Israel sends vaccine ‘gifts’ to friendly nations

But the right-wing premier, who describes Jerusalem as the Jewish state’s 'undivided capital', cheers nations that conduct diplomacy with Israel from the disputed city.