Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Revealed!

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The Malaysia Ministry of Health just unveiled the government’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Take a look at what’s in store for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia in 2021!


Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Two Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase two vaccines in 2021 :

However, that only allows the vaccination of 9.6 million people – roughly 30% of the Malaysian population, hardly enough to achieve herd immunity in Malaysia.

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Revealed!


Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 82.8% Coverage

Malaysia aims to achieve a vaccination coverage of 82.8%, which far exceeds the minimum 70% coverage some scientists believe is necessary to achieve herd immunity.

However, the consensus currently appears to shifting towards a higher 80% coverage for effective herd immunity against COVID-19.

In any case, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) today shared their plan to achieve their target of vaccinating 26.5 million citizens – 82.8% of the population.

Path To 82.8% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This KKM infographic shows how Malaysia aims to vaccinate 82.8% of the population :

  • 20% will receive the BNT162b2 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 10% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 10% will receive vaccines secured through the COVAX facility
  • 22% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac BioTech.
  • 10.8% will receive the Convidecia vaccine from CanSino Biologics.
  • 10% will receive the Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

So far, Malaysia has only confirmed the purchase of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Revealed!

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan Revealed!

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for bad optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

What They Did Not Mention Yet…

KKM did not announce any timeline, probably because the vaccine purchase plans have not actually been finalised with signed agreements.

KKM had earlier suggested that the earliest they can start vaccinating is in April 2021, but that is only for the Pfizer vaccine.

While it is possible that Malaysia may achieve 82.8% vaccination by the end of 2021, it will take considerable effort and the availability of all six vaccines by the middle of 2021.

Even so, herd immunity of the Malaysian population is unlikely to be achieved until end of 2021, or early 2022.


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