More great news on the vaccine front – Malaysia will get 2 million doses of Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines from the US and Japan!
Here is what we know so far…
Malaysia To Get 2 Million Vaccine Doses From US + Japan!
On 30 June 2021, the National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that Malaysia will receive 2 million vaccine doses from the US and Japan :
- 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine contributed by Japan will arrive on Thursday, 1 July 2021.
- 1 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine contributed by the United States will arrive on Friday, 2 July 2021.
How Will US + Japan Vaccine Contribution Help?
These two million doses will certainly go a long way to help speed up COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia, which recently has been vaccinating over 200,000 people a day.
Increasing the vaccination speed is critical if Malaysia is to achieve the goals set out in the National COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
Moving from the current Phase 1 to Phase, for example, requires meeting these minimum requirements :
- average daily new COVID-19 cases must be <4,000
- moderate healthcare system / ICU capacity
- 10% population vaccinated with second dose
As of 29 June 2021, just 2,214,001 people in Malaysia have been fully vaccinated. That’s approximately 6.7% of the population.
Without a big influx of vaccines, and a surge in vaccinations, it will take many weeks before Malaysia can fully vaccinate 10% of its population.
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