KJ: Govt prepared to brief PAC over Covid-19 vaccine purchase but must abide by confidentiality clause

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 23 Dec 2020

PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin has "passed the word" to the Public Accounts Committee that he is prepared to provide details on the country's vaccine purchase initiatives.

The Science Technology and Innovation Minister, however, pointed out that whatever is shared would be subject to non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses.

"I can and I am willing to share information on vaccine purchases and negotiations.

"However, none of the information can leave the meeting room as the government is bound by non-disclosure agreements with the pharmaceutical companies," he told the media here on Wednesday (Dec 23).

Khairy said he is prepared to explain to the PAC on the many questions being raised on the purchases.

He added that the government had signed non-disclosure agreements as it was required to do so by the companies involved.

"Malaysia is not the only country which had to sign the NDAs. All countries negotiating the purchase of vaccines are bound by these agreements," he said.

On Tuesday (Dec 22), Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that the government had signed an agreement with AstraZeneca for the procurement of an additional 10% or 6.4 million doses of its Covid-19 vaccine.

He said that the government is also in final negotiations with Sinovac, CanSino and Gamaleya to secure a vaccine supply increase to cover more than 80% or 26.5 million of the country's total population.

The government had previously signed preliminary agreements with Covax and Pfizer for the procurement of their Covid-19 vaccines to secure a supply to cover 30% of the population.

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