KOTA KINABALU: Sabah government has received a RM200,000 contribution from the Malaysian-based investment holding company, Kanger International Bhd, to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kanger also pledged to donate 5,000 doses of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines, of which the company is the distributor in Malaysia, to Sabah for free.
However, the state government will only take up the vaccine offer once it has been given the greenlight from the Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
His statement was issued after the cheque presentation by Kanger International executive director Steven Kuah at the Sabah Administrative Centre building here yesterday.
Thanking the firm for the contribution to the State Covid-19 Committee, Hajiji said the assistance would go a long way in fighting the pandemic here.
To date, Sabah has received 223,470 vaccine doses from the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, which has entered its second phase that runs until August with priority for the elderly, people with co-morbidities and the disabled.
However, a low registration has been recorded as of Wednesday, with only 17% or 498,392 individuals in Sabah signing up.
Hajiji reiterated his call for those who have not registered through MySejahtera to do so.
“Twenty private clinics throughout the state will be turned into vaccination administration centres, in addition to those located at 24 hospitals, 28 government clinics and 24 non-Health Ministry facilities such as government buildings, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Kuah, in a separate statement, said he hoped the assistance would aid Sabah.
On the vaccine donation pledge, he said the company is currently in the process of obtaining approvals for the distribution of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine in Malaysia.
The vaccine has been approved for use in 42 countries globally, with over 200 million doses having been supplied worldwide.