Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia is in talks to buy 6.4 million doses of the Corona virus (COVID-19) made in Russia, Sputnik V . Malaysia also intends to increase the purchase of the Corona vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech in the midst of efforts to strengthen its 'weaponry' against this pandemic.
As reported by Reuters on Wednesday (23/12/2020), Malaysian authorities are said to have spent US $ 500 million (Rp. 7.1 trillion) to buy enough supplies of the Corona vaccine to vaccinate its 26.5 million citizens, or around 82.8 percent. of the total population of this country.
Malaysia has so far purchased supplies of the Corona vaccine from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and hopes to secure other Corona vaccines made in China and Russia, as well as participate in the global COVAX facility supported by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia, Khairy Jamaluddin, told reporters that the government had increased its target for the supply of Corona vaccines taking into account the risk that some vaccines may not be approved by regulators, or if producers fail to deliver them.
"We want to have more supports," he said.
Apart from holding talks with the Russian Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, Malaysian authorities are also in discussion with Chinese Corona vaccine manufacturers such as Sinovac Biotech Ltd and CanSino Biologics to buy their vaccines.
The deals with vaccine manufacturers from China and Russia, Khairy said, also included cooperation with Malaysian companies to work on vaccine filling and packaging.
Malaysia is known to have secured 6.4 million doses of AstraZeneca's Corona vaccine through COVAX, which is double the amount approved to be purchased from the manufacturer.
Khairy added that the Malaysian government was negotiating with Pfizer an option to increase vaccine purchases to cover the other 20 percent of the population.
So far, Malaysian authorities have purchased 12.8 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine with the first shipment expected to arrive in the country in February next year.
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