I REFER to the report “States can procure jabs” (The Star, April 22).
It is heartening to note the statement by National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin that the Federal Government is amenable to the initiative by the Sarawak and Selangor authorities to procure vaccines on their own. The minister said the vaccines would require the approval of the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency.
This positive stance by the Federal Government is indeed reassuring and timely, as this will help facilitate efforts to vaccinate as many people as possible, especially within the next few months.
Khairy, however, stated that the Selangor authorities have not yet officially written to the Federal Government about its plan. It is therefore incumbent upon the Selangor authorities to do the needful so that more residents in the state will be able to receive the vaccines at a faster pace in due course.
According to the latest update by the federal authorities, residents in Selangor are due to receive their vaccinations from April 26, and those in Kuala Lumpur from May. As both Selangor and Kuala Lumpur are highly-populated locations, I am sure the authorities are doing their best to ensure that the whole exercise will be conducted as efficiently as possible.
As was the case with the second phase of the inoculation programme in the other locations which began on April 19, I am fairly certain that residents in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur will do their part to ensure that it runs smoothly.
In the meantime, I trust that the authorities will continue to keep the public informed about the scheduled arrivals in May of the 1,038,960 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and another 500,000 doses of the Sinovac finished product.
HUSSAIN ABU BAKAR