MoF facilitating allocation, procurement for PICK

Medical providers nationwide are working against the clock to curb Covid-19. -Art Chen/The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz and Treasury secretary-general Datuk Asri Hamidon, as well as the top management of the Finance Ministry (MoF) have attended the Public Accounts Committee procedural meeting on the Covid-19 vaccine procurement.

The MoF, in a statement yesterday, said Tengku Zafrul explained the MoF’s role in preparing procurement and allocation procedures to facilitate and expedite the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to achieve the objective of complete immunisation for Malaysians by October 2021.

It said among the measures taken was to devolve power to the Health Ministry (MoH) and the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (Mosti) to finalise the procurement of vaccines at the respective ministry levels.

“Besides, the MoF also increased the allocation for vaccine and PICK procurement from RM3bil (the commitment was announced at end-2020) to RM5.8bil as announced through the Pemulih package in June 2021.

“The MoH and Mosti have also been given flexibility to manage the allocation expenditure in connection with the implementation of PICK, subject to the RM5.8bil allocation ceiling approved by the MoF,” the statement said.

The MoF is also committed to continue playing its role in the success of PICK’s efforts to achieve full vaccination of the adult population and further enable the reopening of the economy and social activities in phases under the National Recovery Plan. — Bernama

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