Malaysia just signed agreements to purchase even more Pfizer and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. Here are the details!
Malaysia Buys More Pfizer + Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccines!
On 22 March 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Dato’ Sri Dr. Adham Baba signed agreements with Pfizer and Sinovac to purchase additional doses of their COVID-19 vaccines :
- Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY : 6.9 million additional doses
- Sinovac CoronaVac : 12 million additional doses
This would make the COMIRNATY and CoronaVac vaccines the lynchpin of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccination programme!
Malaysia’s Vaccine Plan With Additional Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines!
With these additional purchases, Malaysia now has more than enough vaccines to vaccinate its entire adult population.
This is the new mix of COVID-19 vaccines that Malaysia has ordered so far :
- 31.9 million doses of COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
- 24 million doses of CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
- 6.4 million doses of AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
- 6.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute
That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 34.35 million people – roughly 107% of the adult population in Malaysia.
This does not mean that there are excess vaccine doses, because Malaysia has also committed to vaccinating foreign residents in Malaysia.
And there will come a time when children may also be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Pfizer + Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccines : A Quick Primer
The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine (BNT162b2) is an mRNA-based vaccine designed by BioNTech.
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.
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The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine, branded CoronaVac, is an inactivated virus vaccine.
It uses actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and then killed using β-propiolactone.
Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.
Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, CoronaVac only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.
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