M'sia receives 415,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses from the UK

SEPANG (Bernama): Malaysia received 415,000 doses of yje AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine contributed by the United Kingdom (UK) on Tuesday (Aug 3).

The consignment was flown in via Emirates Airlines flight EK 346 which landed at KL International Airport (KLIA) here at 2.20 pm.

On hand to receive the vaccines were National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and British High Commissioner to Malaysia Charles Hay.

The vaccine supply is the fourth contribution from a foreign country to Malaysia.

Prior to this, Japan had donated 998,400 doses of AstraZeneca, the United States contributed 1,000,350 doses of Pfizer-BioNtech and China gave 500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

Expressing appreciation for the UK's contribution in a joint press conference with Hay, Khairy said, "This contribution will ramp up vaccination in Malaysia. We currently have the highest vaccination rate daily per capita in the world.”

He said about 62% of the adult population in the country had received a single dose while 31% had been fully vaccinated.

Khairy said the AstraZeneca vaccines received on Tuesday were meant for first-dose recipients and would be delivered to the states.

"We are also scheduled to receive another batch of some 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine at the end of the month for second-dose use,” he said.

Quoting the Malay proverb "Bagaikan aur dengan tebing; berat sama dipikul, ringan sama dijinjing", Hay said the UK and Malaysia enjoyed the best of relations, and expressed hope that this vaccine contribution will boost the vaccination rate in Malaysia and help protect more people from Covid-19. - Bernama

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