UK to donate AstraZeneca vaccine to M’sia

MALAYSIA’s national vaccination drive has received a further boost with the United Kingdom to provide 415,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia welcomed the announcement by UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.

The contribution would assist in intensifying the daily vaccination rate of the ongoing National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Hishammuddin added.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my counterpart and the UK government for this generous contribution to Malaysia’s immunisation programme,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The Senior Minister said that during their recent communication, Raab expressed his hope that the contribution would assist Malaysia in alleviating the prevailing pandemic situation.

“This is the epitome of our longstanding and strong relationship that will further strengthen cooperation bilaterally and at various levels.

“Malaysia is highly appreciative of the invaluable support extended by the United Kingdom and we believe both countries could work together on many productive endeavours to weather the pandemic towards meaningful recovery.

“This also includes collaboration on reciprocal vaccination arrangements and a reciprocal travel bubble,” said Hishammuddin.

British High Commissioner Charles Hay said he was pleased that Malaysia was among the first to receive the vaccine from the United Kingdom on a bilateral basis.

“This vaccine donation reflects the United Kingdom’s commitment to helping our friends in Malaysia.

“We believe that this will give a boost to the ongoing vaccination rollout and help protect more lives here,” he said in a statement.

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