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Selangor health exco says sorry in vaccine spat with Khairy

Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud says Selangor will be receiving over four million doses of vaccine for the month of July.

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Selangor health exco Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud today apologised to Khairy Jamaluddin for their recent spat over vaccine supply in the state, saying she had been told at a meeting of the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) that Selangor would be receiving some four million doses of vaccine for the month of July.

“I attended the CITF meeting this morning,” she said in a Twitter post. “Selangor will receive 4,008,710 doses of vaccine for July. The biggest supply.

“Thank you YB Menteri,” she added. “I will be in your meeting insyaAllah without fail. Alhmdllah, yr nose tak panjang tadi. Mohon maaf dunia akhirat.”

Siti Mariah previously said that Selangor had not been receiving enough doses of vaccine, claiming that the state’s vaccination capacity was 87,616.

She also said that if no additional supplies were given, several vaccination centres in the state would have to be closed.

But Khairy, who is in charge of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, said he had been informed in a meeting with the Selangor menteri besar that the state’s vaccination capacity in June was 40,000 doses per day.

“We distribute the vaccine supply based on the state’s capacity. I am not sure where the exco got the 80,000 figure from,” he said at a press conference on June 28.

He also urged the state to accelerate its vaccination rate, saying it was the only state whose utilisation of vaccines was below 80%.

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