Khairy: M'sia will have enough vaccines for 80% of population in six months


PETALING JAYA: Eighty percent of Malaysians will have received their Covid-19 vaccinations by year's end, says Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).

The coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme said that from June, vaccine supply will begin to outstrip the number of registrations for inoculation.

By October, Malaysia will have enough vaccines for 80% of the population, he said, to allay concerns of those waiting to be vaccinated.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday (April 13), Khairy also shared a graph by the special committee which is ensuring access to Covid-19 vaccines (JKJAV).

The graph summarised the delivery schedule of all the vaccines that Malaysia has obtained, the current status of vaccine registrations, and the targets.

"The supply will start to exceed the registrations by June. It will certainly be completed before the end of the year, ” tweeted Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister.

The graph also showed that about nine million people had registered for the vaccine so far while supply stood at under three million doses, as of April.

However, from June, the graph shows that supply and demand will move abreast, before the supply line gradually climbs to cover 80% of the population, or just under 27 million, in October.

The country has just completed phase one of the vaccine programme, which ran from February to April, for frontliners.

The second phase, which will prioritise the elderly, those with comorbidity problems and people with disabilities, will start on April 19.

The third phase of the programme will take place in May for low-risk individuals above 18 years old.

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