Khairy: Unit to be formed to guarantee access to vaccine supply


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

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said the special task force, to be co-chaired with the Health Ministry, would coordinate in securing and distributing the supply when the Covid-19 vaccine is approved for use in Malaysia.

“Through this, 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.

“The distribution of the vaccines will also be done across other ministries and agencies to make the tasks easier and faster,” he said in a statement.

Khairy said the setting up of the special task force was pivotal to ensure early preparations before the supply of the vaccine is received for use.

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

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

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