Dutch Lady hopes vaccination programme will be catalyst for economic rebound

Tarang Gupta

KUALA LUMPUR: Dutch Lady Milk Industries Bhd is hoping to see a rebound in the Malaysian economy with the roll-out of the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Managing director Tarang Gupta said the company encouraged all Malaysians to participate in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and commended the government for its efforts in planning the roll-out of the programme.

"We are very excited that the immunisation which is starting today, two days earlier than originally planned.

"As our Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin stated, this is to ensure herd immunity in the community so that we can stop the spread of COVID-19 infections and bring an end to the pandemic,” he told Bernama.

He said Dutch Lady Milk Industries also commended the government for its continuous efforts and urged the public to adhere to the standard operating procedures such as observing physical distancing, practising good personal hygiene and keeping safe during this period.

Malaysia’s National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme officially begins today with the prime minister being the first individual in the country to receive the vaccine at about 3 pm.

Also scheduled to receive the vaccine today are Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and four other staff from the Ministry of Health.

The implementation of the three-phase programme will see more than 500,000 frontliners receiving the vaccine during the first phase which will last until April.

The country received a total of 312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Sunday from Singapore, which is the hub for the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to Asia-Pacific countries, with some being flown to Kuala Lumpur and Penang while others transported overland to Johor. - Bernama

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