Sabah's first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines due to arrive Thursday (Feb 25)


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is scheduled to arrive in Sabah on Thursday (Feb 25) afternoon.

Minister in charge of Covid-19 matters in Sabah, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said he has been tasked to receive the vaccine at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, which is expected to arrive in six batches starting Feb 25.

“Further questions on the arrival and vaccination will only be answered after the vaccine arrives, ” he said during his daily briefing here on Wednesday (Feb 24).

Some 42,117 frontliners including the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, will be among the first to get vaccinated starting March 4.

On other matters, Masidi said Sabah recorded a total of 105 new cases with one death in Tawau on Feb 24.

He said a new cluster - Kluster Sinsingon - involving a funeral in Kg Sinsingon, Sapulut between Feb 17 and 20 was detected in Nabawan, with 15 cases.

He said these 15 are the close contacts of three people from the earlier cases detected prior to returning to their hostels on Feb 22.

“They had no symptoms when tested earlier. Their close contacts (15 out of 30 tested) tested positive, ” Masidi said.

Overall, the SOP compliance rate in Sabah is at 93.5%, he said.

By district, Kota Kinabalu recorded 24 new cases, Nabawan 19, Keningau 15, Tawau and Lahad Datu 12 each, Kalabakan 7, Tuaran 6, two each in Sandakan, Putatan and Tenom, and one each in Kota Belud, Penampang, Kinabatangan and Kudat.

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