The federal government has approved Sarawak’s request to purchase its own Covid-19 vaccines for the use of the people of the state, says Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas.
Uggah, who is also state disaster management committee chairman, said the approval was given during a recent meeting in Putrajaya with Khairy Jamaluddin, the minister in charge of the national vaccination programme.
He said the state Covid-19 advisory group had then been given the responsibility of discussing the purchase with vaccine suppliers.
“… we are now discussing the matter with the relevant authorities to sort out how we want to purchase it.
“It will be used as reserve in case there is any problem with the supply from the federal government,” he said to reporters in Kuching today.
On March 18, Uggah was reported as saying that the Sarawak government had sent a letter to the federal government regarding its intention to purchase Covid-19 vaccines for the state.