Progression plan damper

Datuk Saarani Mohamad. - Filepic/The Star

IPOH: Perak’s plan to progress into Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan may be hampered by the supply of Covid-19 vaccines.

Mentri Besar Datuk Saarani Mohamad said the main factor for all states, including Perak, to move into Phase Three was the vaccine supply.

The state, said Saarani, had already met two of the three threshold indicators to transit into Phase Three – these are a low number of daily cases and the availability of intensive care unit beds.

“Our concern is the last requirement, which is for 40% of the population to be fully vaccinated.

“If the National Security Council insists on the 40% threshold, many states – and not just Perak – will not be able to move into Phase Three.

“It is not an issue with the vaccination centres but the amount of vaccines we get. If there are enough vaccines, we can achieve it (going into the third phase) earlier.

“However, I understand that the amount depends on the situation in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur as priority is given to states with a high number of cases,” he told reporters after visiting the Public-Private Partnership Covid-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (Pikas) vaccination centre in Meru Raya here yesterday.

Perak, he said, had received 452,610 out of the 688,770 doses of vaccine scheduled to arrive this month.

“The remaining 236,000 doses are expected to arrive between July 24 and Aug 1,” he said, adding that as of yesterday, the state had some 236,000 doses in storage.

“We hope the supply can arrive by the end of the month,” he said.

Saarani said as at July 21, a total of 606,627 or 32% of adults aged 18 and above in the state had received their first dose with 311,790 people or 10.8% fully vaccinated.

“We see the vaccination rate increasing every day,” he said, adding that the state’s vaccination capacity was now at its peak.

“We have the capacity to dispense 30,000 jabs daily. The faster the jabs can be rolled out, the faster we can free ourselves from the pandemic,” he said, adding that 31,671 doses were administered on Thursday alone.

Separately, Perak State Economic Development Corporation chief executive Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak said it was still planning the finer details in its procurement of the Sinovac vaccine.

He said the target was to get 100,000 doses in stages, which could be made available in August.

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