PETALING JAYA: A Covid-19 vaccine dry run delivery exercise has been conducted to ensure thorough preparations are made before the vaccine reaches Malaysia.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said the dry run was conducted with a delivery to the Belaga Health Clinic in Sarawak on Friday (Jan 29).
"On Jan 8, the Drug Control Authority granted conditional registration approval for the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer - Comirnaty - and Malaysia is expected to receive the vaccine supply for the first phase of vaccination at the end of February.
"As is well known, the Comirnaty vaccine requires storage at ultra cold temperatures, -75°C (+/- 15°C) which poses a challenge in the vaccine distribution process," he said.
Dr Adham said the dry run was an exercise to ensure that thorough preparations are made before the actual supply of vaccines from Pfizer arrives in Malaysia.
"The implementation of this dry run is a joint venture conducted between the Health Ministry, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Malaysian Armed Forces and Pfizer (M) Sdn Bhd," he said, adding that that the main objective was to evaluate the ultra-cold temperature retention capacity throughout the delivery chain, from the manufacturer to the selected facility.
"In addition, this activity will assess the feasibility of the processes involved in handling the Covid-9 vaccine and test the implementation of the Vaccine Handling Guidelines that have been developed in the field so that the actual distribution throughout Malaysia will run smoothly.
"The Health Ministry will always improve the level of public health in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, through the procurement of quality, safe and effective vaccines and ensure that the National Covid-19 immunisation plan runs smoothly," he said.