Malaysia secures Covid shots to cover 110% of population

Malaysia secures Covid shots to cover 110% of population

FILE PHOTO: A worker performs a quality check in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, developing an experimental coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine, during a government-organised media tour in Beijing, China, Sept 24, 2020. (Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: A worker performs a quality check in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech, developing an experimental coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine, during a government-organised media tour in Beijing, China, Sept 24, 2020. (Reuters)

Malaysia will begin its nationwide Covid-19 vaccine rollout from Feb 26, starting with front-line workers, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday.

The country will receive the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Feb 21, he said at the launch of the national Covid-19 immunisation programme.

PM Muhyiddin will be among the first to receive the vaccine shot.

Malaysia has secured access to 66.7 million doses of Covid shots, enough to cover almost 110% of the population, according to the immunisation programme.

The government is in talks with Russia to manufacture the Sputnik V vaccines in Malaysia.

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