INTERACTIVE: How Malaysia’s fight against Covid-19 is progressing (updated weekly)


A Malaysian Armed Forces medical personnel holding up a vial of the Covid-19 vaccine, March 9 at Wisma Pertahanan. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: A total of 1,679,765 doses of Covid-19 vaccine doses has been administered under the country’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme as at May 6.

The vaccination programme started on Feb 24 with a target of covering at least 80% of the country’s adult population by February 2022.


The vaccination programme is being carried out in three phases.

The first covers frontliners.

The second which began on April 19 involves high-risk groups and those aged 60 and above.

The rest of the Malaysian population aged 18 years and above will be vaccinated in the third phase, which is from May 2021 to February 2022.

Here’s how the states and federal territories are progressing:


The following graph shows the percentage of Malaysia's population who have received at least one vaccine dose, versus others in Asean as well as South Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan.



In terms of vaccine registrations, 9,888,764 people or 40.8% of Malaysia's population who are aged 18 and above have signed up as at May 6.


Malaysia has bought a total of 66.7 million vaccine doses, enough to cover 109.65% of the country’s estimated 32.7 million population.


The country recorded a total of 432,425 Covid-19 infections with 396,004 recoveries and 1,632 deaths as at May 7.


One of the things health authorities and experts measure when trying to find out where things are headed is the infection’s reproduction number, called R0 (pronounced as “R naught”).

The R value refers to the number of people that a person who has the coronavirus will infect.

If the R value is 1 for example, it means that on average, one infected person will spread Covid-19 to one other individual.

An R value higher than 1 means that the number of cases will increase.

However, if the R value goes down, the disease will eventually stop spreading as not enough new people are being infected to sustain the outbreak.


Malaysia announced its first Covid-19 cases on Jan 25, 2020, involving three tourists who entered via Johor from Singapore on Jan 23.

The number of cases then rose to 22 by Feb 16 last year, representing the first wave of cases.

The second wave of cases began on Feb 27, 2020, followed by the third wave that began on Sept 20.

The following is how the third wave of infections have unfolded in each state and federal territory:
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