PETALING JAYA: Malaysia should aim to administer 400,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine per day, as this would accelerate the country’s drive towards achieving herd immunity, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.
The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said that while it is good news that the vaccination exercise is currently in full swing, Malaysia can and should do better.
“Let’s aim for 400,000 doses every day. This will bring us closer to herd immunity faster,” said Lee in a statement Saturday (June 19).
Lee pointed out that some senior citizens, who are eligible for vaccination under Phase 2 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, have yet to receive their doses.
He suggested that the backlog of the most vulnerable groups such as senior citizens, especially those with comorbidities, be fully cleared together with the disabled before Malaysia moves on to the next phases.
“Since vaccine hesitancy is now fast dissipating, this is the time to step up and meet the increasing demand in the shortest possible time,” he said.
Lee also welcomed the news that Malaysia is planning to produce its own Covid-19 vaccines, saying that the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), which is undertaking the task, has had an excellent record.
“We are surely capable and have the expertise to do so. IMR has had an excellent record.
“In the future, we can reduce our dependence on other vaccine producers, thereby accelerating our roll-out.
“We will then not be subject to the vagaries of international supply and demand, ” he said, adding that while efforts are underway to control Covid-19, the people must never let their guard down.
Lee advised Malaysians to continue wearing face masks, practice good hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing, as the virus is now spreading with new mutations.