Air-shipments of Sinovac, Pfizer vaccines rolled in at KIA yesterday

Shipments of Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines arriving at KIA yesterday

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 25: Two air-shipments consisting of both Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines for immunisation against the Covid-19 virus have arrived in Sarawak to complement the first phase of vaccination for front liners.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said both types of vaccines as part of the federal government’s National Immunisation Plan arrived at Kuching International Airport (KIA) yesterday.

“The Sinovac vaccine was part of the additional shipment, and the batch of Pfizer vaccine was part of the weekly schedule for March,” said Dr Sim in his Facebook post yesterday.

“Sarawak will continue to work closely with the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force of the Ministry of Health on other alternative vaccines as we want to roll out and vaccinate as many people as fast and as soon as possible,” he added.

On March 22, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Sarawak government is not turning down the possibility of purchasing the Sinovac vaccines as another alternative to Pfizer vaccines which are currently in use and supplied by the federal government.

This consideration, he said, is the state government’s efforts in ensuring that all Sarawakians are vaccinated against Coronavirus as soon as possible.

He also added that he was told more people prefer the Sinovac to the Pfizer vaccine, and most of them have not registered for vaccination as they are waiting for the availability of the Sinovac vaccine. —DayakDaily