Govt plans to increase Covid-19 vaccine order to cover 60-70% of M'sians, says Muhyiddin (updated)


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Dec 2020

TANGKAK: The government has plans to increase its purchase of the Covid-19 vaccine to cover the immunisation needs of about 60%-70% of Malaysians compared to 30% currently, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The Prime Minister said this was because some nations had already bought doses of the vaccine exceeding their population.

"As for Malaysia, we have already got 30%. I have instructed Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Khairy Jamaluddin (Science, Technology and Innovation Minister) to negotiate and increase it from 30% to 60% or 70%.

"So far, this has been the advice of the Health Ministry... if it can be increased to that number, then more people will be protected from the coronavirus," he said in his speech at the Gambir state constituency Deepavali 2020 celebrations here Sunday (Dec 13).

Muhyiddin, who is also Gambir assemblyman, said suppliers have also been asked to expedite delivery of the vaccine, which is scheduled to arrive in March.

In late November, Muhyiddin said the government had started rolling out a RM3bil plan to gain enough Covid-19 vaccines to immunise 6.4 million people in Malaysia as soon the vaccine has been proven safe enough to be used.

The first batch of vaccines is expected to be available early next year.

Meanwhile, he also ordered all temporary hospitals for Covid-19 to reopen due to continued spikes in cases within several states such as Selangor, the Federal Territories, Negri Sembilan, and Johor.

Muhyiddin said even though the government’s steps were effective compared with other countries, Malaysia has yet to overcome the pandemic.

“As long as the people are being threatened by Covid-19, I will not take a rest, and work to manage the pandemic and the country’s economy, ” he added.

Muhyiddin also said the government would be conducting a study to find out how many of the people here have fallen below the poverty line due to Covid-19.

He added that now, the poverty line has increased to RM2,208 per capita, which resulted in many coming under the B40 group, which is the poor and hardcore poor.

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