Malaysia expected to receive Pfizer COVID vaccine on February 26

KUALA TERENGGANU (BERNAMA) – Malaysia is expected to receive the first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine on February 26, said Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said once the vaccine arrived, they will be distributed in stages to the states within a week or two.

Dr Noor Hisham said this during the COVID-19 Emergency Management Technical Committee meeting at the Menteri Besar Office at Wisma Darul Iman yesterday.

Also present was Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

Malaysia was previously reported to have purchased 12.8 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine and has subsequently committed to purchase an additional 12.2 million doses of the same vaccine.

He said that to date, a total of 141 volunteers have received injections in the Phase 3 clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine developed and sponsored by China’s Institute of Medical Biology Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (IMBCAMS).

They were among the 3,000 volunteers, aged 18 and above, who were selected based on set criteria.

Malaysia’s Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. PHOTO: BERNAMA