Malaysia to begin COVID-19 vaccine drive right on time as first dosages show up
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- Date: 21 Feb,2021
Malaysia moved up its COVID-19 inoculation drive by two days as the first batch of vaccines came in the Southeast Asian nation on Sunday.
Malaysia aims to vaccinate at least 80 percent of its 32 million people within a year as it pushes to revive an economy which, slammed by coronavirus-related curbs, recorded its worst slump in over two decades in 2020.
It has levied more lockdowns this season amid a new wave of coronavirus infections. The country has listed 280,272 instances and 1,051 deaths.
A total of 312,390 doses of this Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine were delivered to Malaysia on Sunday morning, with more expected in coming weeks.
“The next delivery will be made on Feb. 26, and we will continue to get (Pfizer) deliveries every two weeks until it’s finished,” Science Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said in a digital news conference.
The national vaccine rollout will begin Wednesday, earlier than originally scheduled, with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Health Ministry Director General Noor Hisham Abdullah set to receive the first doses, Khairy said.