First batch of Sinovac vaccines prepared in Malaysia ready to roll out

PUTRAJAYA: The first batch of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines prepared for distribution here by Pharmaniaga LifeScience Sdn Bhd (PLS) is now ready to be administered to the public.

A total of 290,480 doses of Sinovac vaccines filled and finished by PLS at its plant in Puchong have received approval from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

With the NPRA approval, the first batch can be distributed at all Health Ministry vaccination dispensing centres nationwide (PPV).

The first batch of vaccines was handed to Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba by Pharmaniaga Group managing director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope in a symbolic ceremony at the ministry building here.

As of May 10, PLS has prepared 1.2 million doses of Sinovac vaccines.

In a statement, PLS said its plant is able to produce two million doses per month.

Pharmaniaga on March 15 said it had signed an agreement with China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd's subsidiary for the purchase of ready-to-fill bulk product of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The first batch was prepared from 200 litres of Sinovac Covid-19 bulk vaccine which arrived from China on Feb 27.

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