MOSTI: Developed Countries Causing Slow Down In Vaccine Supply Chain

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin

Bernama has reported that the Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin has highlighted that the phase two of the programme will go as planned from April 19 despite the slow reception by the people for the vaccination.

During a joint media conference on the immunisation programme with the Ministry of Health (MoH) on April 12, Khairy said that the vaccine supply was slow due to various challenges facing the global supply chain. 

Additionally, he said that the greedy attitude of developed countries in buying huge quantities of vaccine far bigger than the population is proving to be a supply challenge as well. 

“The Government will try to speed up the delivery of the vaccine. We will be receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in stages this month, which is 133,380 doses on April 14, 31,590 on April 15, and 12,870 on April 16,” Khairy announced during the joint media conference.

Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Noor Azmi Ghazali has pointed out that MoH will not be administering vaccine shots at night throughout the month of Ramadan.

The vaccine shots will be given as usual till evening for those who have registered through the MySejahtera app to avoid disruption during the fasting month.

“I believe that if the shots are administered at night, people will not come because they want to perform tarawih prayers, performed only during Ramadan each year.

For those living in the interior areas such as the Orang Asli, we will send medical officers through the outreach programme to administer the single CanSino vaccine shot,” Dr. Noor Azmi Ghazali said.

The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) has also highlighted that Malaysia has received 1.37 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine so far.

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