Covid-19: Penang drops plan to buy own vaccine, will receive large supply soon, says CM

GEORGE TOWN: Penang's initial plan to purchase its own Covid-19 vaccine has been dropped and the state is expected to receive a large supply soon, says Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

He said in a recent meeting with National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin, the state received an assurance that the supply of vaccines will no longer be an issue.

"We have been informed that the supply of vaccines will increase tremendously, up to half a million doses.

"The minister gave an assurance that supply is no longer an issue and we will need to focus on vaccination centres (PPVs) and manpower to achieve daily, weekly and monthly targets.

"Maybe from July, we might achieve between 25,000 and 30,000 doses a day.

"That will determine how we are going to roll out and reach out to as many people as soon as possible," he told a press conference after visiting the PPV in SPICE Arena on Monday (June 7).

The PPV at Spice Arena is the first mass vaccination centre in Penang and started operations on Monday to dispense the AstraZeneca vaccine.

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