Skip to main content

Advertisement

Advertisement

Malaysia to allow commercial sale of Covid-19 vaccines

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia will soon allow the commercial sale of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firms Sinopharm and Sinovac, the science minister said on Friday (July 16), as authorities try to ramp up inoculation rates amid surging cases.

Malaysia to allow commercial sale of Covid-19 vaccines

Sinovac vaccines would be available commercially from Aug 1, 2021 in Malaysia after it has completed the delivery of some 15 million doses procured by the government, the country's science minister said.

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia will soon allow the commercial sale of Covid-19 vaccines manufactured by Chinese firms Sinopharm and Sinovac, the science minister said on Friday (July 16), as authorities try to ramp up inoculation rates amid surging cases. 

Malaysia has one of the region's highest number of coronavirus infections per-capita but also one of its fastest vaccination rates.

About 39 per cent of its adult population has received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Sinopharm vaccine, which Malaysia approved on Friday for emergency use, would soon be open for private purchase, science minister Khairy Jamaluddin told a virtual news conference.

Meanwhile, Sinovac vaccines would be available commercially from Aug 1, after it has completed the delivery of some 15 million doses procured by the government, he said.

Malaysia on Friday reported 12,541 new coronavirus cases, bringing total infections to 893,323, including 6,728 deaths.

Malaysia had previously said it would stop administering Sinovac vaccines after supplies run out, and would instead rely largely on the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine for its national rollout.

On Friday, Mr Khairy clarified that surplus Sinovac shots would remain available for those who may have allergy concerns with other vaccines.

"There is no issue over Sinovac's efficacy," he said.

Malaysia would also consider purchasing more doses from Sinovac in the event of a shortfall of AstraZeneca vaccines from neighbouring Thailand, Mr Khairy said.

Thailand said this week it was considering limiting exports of locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines to fight its own Covid-19 crisis, a move that could potentially disrupt supplies to its regional neighbours.

Mr Khairy said Malaysia would seek assurances from Thailand that there would be no disruptions to supply. REUTERS

Related topics

Malaysia Covid-19 coronavirus vaccines vaccination Sinovac Sinopharm

Read more of the latest in

Advertisement

Popular

Advertisement

Stay in the know. Anytime. Anywhere.

Subscribe to get daily news updates, insights and must reads delivered straight to your inbox.

By clicking subscribe, I agree for my personal data to be used to send me TODAY newsletters, promotional offers and for research and analysis.

Aa