Malaysia to finalise Covid-19 vaccine selection by early 2021, says Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 29): The government is expected to be able to decide on a Covid-19 vaccine by early next year, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said data from several Covid-19 vaccine clinical tests would be analysed at year end.

He said the ministry is currently discussing the legal implications and procurement model for the vaccine with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

“We are also in direct discussion with other international pharmaceutical companies for direct supply without having to undergo the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) allocation plan.

“I have also requested for an agreement with China to be finalised as soon as possible as the draft is almost completed,” he said after launching the first wireless mobile phone charger in Malaysia known as METT (Malaysian Energy Transmission Technology).

Khairy said negotiations with COVAX on Malaysia’s participation in the facility to obtain the required Covid-19 vaccine are ongoing.

“We are still discussing some matters with COVAX. The facility is for early purchase, so the procurement model is quite extraordinary. We pay for something that still doesn’t exist,” he said.

Among the companies that have started their final Covid-19 vaccine clinical tests are Moderna, Pfizer and BioNtech, AstraZeneca, University of Oxford and Johnson & Johnson.

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