Special task force set up to ensure supply of Covid-19 vaccine, says Khairy


PETALING JAYA: The Cabinet has agreed to form a special task force to guarantee the access for Covid-19 vaccine supply, says Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said the special task force, which is co-chaired by the Health Ministry, is to coordinate securing and distributing Covid-19 vaccine when it’s approved for use in Malaysia.

“Through this task force, a few smaller task forces will be set up with various scopes such as the selection of vaccines, communication, registration and approval, trade facilitation, finance, storage, logistics and transportation, as well as the distribution of the vaccines will be done across other ministries and agencies to make the task easier and quicker, ” said Khairy in a statement on Wednesday (Oct 14).

He said the decision to form the special task force was pivotal to ensure early preparations were done before the vaccine supply is received for the use of all Malaysians.

On Tuesday (Oct 13), Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia would be given priority recipient status for Chinese-produced Covid-19 vaccines once the country finishes developing them.

His Chinese counterpart Wang Yi said the decision to accord Malaysia the priority status on the vaccines was due to the long and traditional friendship of the two nations.

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