Malaysia’s push to vaccinate pays off

by | Jul 28, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

PHOTO – Khairy Jamaluddin

Malaysia’s mass immunisation rate is now among the world’s fastest despite great inequality in the global Covid-19 vaccine distribution which slowed the delivery of doses to Malaysia in the initial months of its inoculation drive.

Since last weekend, Malaysia, which has a population of approximately 32 million, has given a total of 16,904,896 jabs since March, 2021. Of that number, 5,397,826 people had completed two full doses while 11,507,070 had at least received the first dose.

The Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Program, Khairy Jamaluddin stated its slow start was not due to issues of competency, ability or capacity, but boiled down to the disproportionate share of vaccine doses between wealthy nations and developing nation’s like Malaysia.

The mass immunisation campaign is now progressing nicely as supplies have arrived this month following the increase in the delivery of doses ordered by the government such as Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines.

The average vaccination rate so far is 357,064 doses per day compared to last month at 169,175 doses per day. This is an increase of 111 percent. So far 46.7 percent of those who registered have received at least one dose.

Based on the capacity of the 2,204 vaccine dispensing centres (PPV) that are currently in operation nationwide, the government is able to administer more than 500,000 doses daily, a mark which was crossed on July 22, 2021.