By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Jan 18: The federal government has signed three agreements worth RM3 billion with vaccine companies and is expected to receive the first Covid-19 vaccine supply by the end of February.
This is announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin when he unveiled the RM15 billion special aid package which aims to reduce economic impact on Malaysians in view that some states are now experiencing Movement Control Order (MCO) while others, Conditional MCO.
In his 4pm live announcement, the Prime Minister had stated that the nation’s vaccine plan is on track while announcing the Perlindungan Ekonomi & Rakyat Malaysia (Permai) Assistance Package.
“Through Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin Covid-19 which has been set up, the government will ensure transparency in vaccine procurement and that the National Immunisation Programme be given priority.
“A total of RM3 billion has been allocated specifically for this acquisition,” said Muhyiddin.
He said guidelines and methods of how the vaccines should be administered will be announced soon.
“Realistically, this vaccination program is expected to run in stages for a total period of 12 months.
“This means the first group is expected to be vaccinated in early March and this could cover more than 80 per cent or nearly 27 million of Malaysian population by the first quarter of 2022,” said Muhyiddiin. — DayakDaily