Malaysia Buys 12.8 Million Doses Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

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Malaysia just announced the purchase of 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine!


Malaysia Buys 12.8 Million Doses Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 27 November 2020, Malaysia announced that Pfizer will deliver 12.8 million doses of their mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

The purchase was signed earlier on Tuesday, 24 November 2020, but the deal only announced today.

Malaysia Buys 12.8 Million Doses Of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia will receive the 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in four tranches over the whole year :

  • Q1 2021 : 1 million doses
  • Q2 2021 : 1.7 million doses
  • Q3 2021 : 5.8 million doses
  • Q4 2021 : 4.3 million doses

Because the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses per person, the 12.8 million doses are only enough to vaccinate a maximum of 6.4 million people – approximately 20% of the Malaysian population.

In reality, we should expect many doses to go to waste, due to the complicated storage and usage requirements of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Distributing and administering the vaccine will also be a logistical nightmare.

Vaccinating 20% of the population across the entire year is nowhere close enough to create herd immunity. It is very likely that the Pfizer vaccine will not be the only COVID-19 vaccine to be used in Malaysia.


Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine.

Unlike more traditional methods of using dead particles, or attenuated viruses, the mRNA vaccine teaches your cells to create proteins that mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thereby triggering an immune response.

The Pfizer vaccine requires extreme refrigeration, which greatly complicates logistics :

  • Every Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine thermal shipping box contains between 1,000 and 5,000 doses.
  • Every shipping box is packed with specially-formulated dry ice, to last for up to 10 days, or 15 days if kept refilled with dry ice.
  • When stored in special ultra-low temperature freezers at -70°C or lower, it will last up to 6 months.
  • When stored in standard freezers (commonly used in hospitals) at 2-8°C, it will last up to 5 days.

Hence, vaccination using the Pfizer vaccine is likely to occur only in selected government hospitals in major cities.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shipping box


COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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