Kelantan to receive CanSino vaccine for residents in the interior

Site visit: Khairy chatting with senior citizen Wang Pit Yan, 91, (in wheelchair) while visiting the Indoor Stadium Gong Badak PPV in Kuala Nerus, Terengganu. Also present was Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar (left). — Bernama

KOTA BARU: The government will be supplying the CanSino vaccine to Kelantan in July to inoculate people living in the interior including Orang Asli.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin, however, said the total number of vaccine to be distributed to Kelantan would be announced after the government acquired the vaccine next month.

“The one-dose vaccine is important to enable the authorities to vaccinate residents in the interior including Orang Asli in Gua Musang, Kuala Krai and so on, as there is no need to enter the areas twice, ” he said.

He was speaking at a media conference with Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob after the Kelantan Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force meeting at Kota Darulnaim Complex here yesterday.

Earlier, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the CanSino and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines, which only needed one dose, had been approved for conditional registration for emergency use.

Dr Noor Hisham said the approval was given at the 359th meeting of the Drug Control Authority two days ago.

Khairy also said the vaccination of Kelantan’s population of about 1.2 million would be completed by October.

He said it was based on the state government’s target of administering 30, 000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines a day from next month.

“We will provide another 550,000 doses of vaccine to Kelantan next month thus enabling the state to increase the administration rate to 30,000 doses a day or at least 20,000 (doses) a day, ” he said.

Khairy said he was confident that the target could be achieved following the positive development of the immunisation programme, including the vaccination outreach programmes. — Bernama

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