PUTRAJAYA: The government signed a deal to buy an additional 12.2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by US and German drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech, says the Health Ministry (MOH).
The ministry said that this brings the total amount of the Pfizer vaccine procured by Malaysia to 25 million doses, enough to cover 39% of the population.
The government via MOH and Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd on Monday (Jan 11) also signed the manufacturing and supply agreement for the pharmaceutical company’s Covid-19 vaccine in Malaysia.
Monday's agreement was an extension of the Binding Heads of Terms agreement signed on Nov 24,2020.
The agreement was signed via a live conference by Health Minister Datuk Seri Adham Baba, on behalf of the Malaysian Government, and for Pfizer, its Country Manager (Malaysia and Brunei) Luksanawan Thangpaibool.
Pfizer Head of Emerging Market Asia Anil Argilla also witnessed the signing.
In his speech, Dr Adham said the Malaysian Government appreciated the support given by Pfizer and hoped the vaccine could arrive earlier than expected.
Anil said Pfizer was committed to ensuring not just providing access for the vaccine but working together to end the pandemic.
"This is a big step forward and ability to get control and most probably to end the pandemic in Malaysia, ” he said.
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