Malaysia receives first batch of locally finished Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines

KUALA LUMPUR (XINHUA) – Malaysia on yesterday received the first batch of locally filled and finished doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech.

The first batch of 290,480 doses manufactured by Malaysia’s leading pharmaceutical company Pharmaniaga were handed over to Health Minister Adham Baba in a brief ceremony yesterday.

Pharmaniaga said the company had recently obtained a lot release approval for its filled and finished product from Malaysia’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), which allowed the vaccines to be distributed to the Health Ministry designated health facilities.

A medical worker takes a swab sample for COVID-19 test in Taman Muda near Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: XINHUA