Malaysia will receive its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines over the weekend for a COVID-19 inoculation drive that is set to begin on February 26.
Malaysia aims to vaccinate at least 80% of its 32 million population within a year as it pushes to revive an economy that, slammed by coronavirus-related curbs last year.
Having reported a total of over 260,000 coronavirus cases, including 975 deaths, Malaysia is the third worst-hit country in Southeast Asia after Indonesia and the Philippines.
According to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, “This comprehensive (vaccination) program is aimed at ensuring herd immunity in the community so that we can stop the spread of Covid-19 infections and bring an end to the pandemic.”
Malaysia has secured a total of 66.7 million vaccine doses, including 32 million from Pfizer and BioNTech – enough to cover 110 percent of its population.
It has also reached supply agreements with Britain’s AstraZeneca, Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute, and China’s Sinovac Biotech and CanSino Biologics.