312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arriving tomorrow
Covid-19 immunisation programme expected to start on February 26
Updated 50 minutes ago · Published on 20 Feb 2021 9:00PM ·
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, 312,390 doses, is expected to arrive tomorrow at 10am at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) where it will be flown in on an Airbus 330-300 under MASKargo flight MH604.
A fact sheet released by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry stated that the doses began their journey from a factory in Puurs, Belgium, in transit at Leipzig Halle Airport before heading to Singapore for distribution to other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Malaysia.
Upon arrival, the vaccine will be handled by DHL Express, the agent appointed by Pfizer-BioNTech as its global distributor.
The VIPs expected to receive the vaccine at KLIA tomorrow include Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, his director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.
The vaccine is the first to receive conditional approval from the Drug Control Authority and the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) on January 8. Up until February, Malaysia has obtained access to 66.7 million doses through the Covax facility.
The Covid-19 immunisation programme is expected to start on February 26 with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and other frontliners being the first to receive the jab.
The programme will be divided into three phases.
The first phase will be from February to April where the vaccine will be given to frontliners, the second phase will take place from April to August involving senior citizens aged 60 and above as well as other high-risk groups.
The final phase will be held concurrently with the second phase which is from May to February 2022 involving all Malaysians aged 18 and above. – The Vibes, February, 20, 2021
Covid-19 vaccine: ATM provides coordination assistance
By Bernama – February 20, 2021 @ 2:37pm
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) will provide coordination assistance in movement control and logistics management of the Covid-19 vaccine which will arrive in Malaysia tomorrow.
Armed Forces chief General Tan Sri Affendi Buang, in a statement today, said the ATM would escort the vaccine’s movement from the Vaccine Storage Centres (VSC) to the Vaccine Administration Centres (VAC) throughout the country.
“The ATM has outlined the vaccine management and handling action plan to ensure the immunisation programme can be implemented in an orderly manner, achieve its goals and reducing wastage of the vaccine,” he said.
Elaborating, he said the ATM’s representatives were also placed with the secretariat at the national and state level to assist the Health Ministry and the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) in planning the implementation of the immunisation programme especially in coordinating the logistics assistance at the VSC and VAC.
“The ATM’s roles in terms of logistics assistance include storage, delivery and distribution besides security control at all phases of the programme implementation.
“We have also outlined the implementation of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme at the ATM level based on the priority given by the government to ATM members as the vaccine recipients,” he said.
Affendi said the immunisation programme could maintain ATM’s capacity and preparedness in protecting the country’s wellbeing and sovereignty, and ultimately achieve the herd immunity objective.
Through the action plan, the vaccination process will be supervised in stages by the ATM’s Health Service Division.
“It comprises the strategy of selecting the eligible groups by taking into account the level of infection risk based on the assignment fields and areas where they are deployed.
“It also includes the coordination of human resources and training of ATM’s health personnel to ensure the management and vaccination process can be carried out efficiently,” said Affendi. – BERNAMA
PORT DICKSON: A total of 26,500 Malaysian Army (TDM) personnel will be among the first phase recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme scheduled to begin on Feb 26.
Chief of Army General Tan Sri Zamrose Mohd Zain said army personnel stationed at red zones will be given priority in receiving the vaccine to reduce the spread of the virus.
“Each personnel will receive two doses, so, we will receive more than 52,000 doses…insya-Allah, with the cooperation of all parties, I hope all frontliners in the red zones can be vaccinated as soon as possible,” he told reporters after a passing-out parade of young soldiers at the Basic Army Training Centre here, today.
Covid-19: 5,000 Orang Asli in Gua Musang set to receive vaccination when immunisation programme begins
Saturday, 20 Feb 2021 01:56 PM MYT
GUA MUSANG, Feb 20 ― Over 5,000 Orang Asli living in the interior areas here are all geared up for the Covid-19 vaccination once the immunisation programme begins late this month.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.443.0_en.html#goog_1386296326
Kelantan Orang Asli head, Bidi Ronggeng said the settlers in Pos Brooke, Pos Hendrope and Pos Tuel have agreed and welcomed the National Immunisation Programme (NIP).
“The Orang Asli community here will not reject the vaccination since the government through the Ministry of Health (MOH) has recommended that we should get it for our good,” Bidi said when met at Pos Hendrop here today.
In fact, he said, he was infected with Covid-19 and it was a scary experience. As such, he had been advising the settlers to take care of their health and comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set to curb spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Kampung Jedip Orang Asli head, Nasir Busu said the delivery of the vaccine to the country tomorrow would bring relief to 300 villagers there.
“Most of us have been kept indoors since the virus outbreak in March last year as we were worried of getting infected. So we feel relieved that the vaccine supply will be here soon,” he said.
The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in the country Sunday, while the NIP first phase implementation for frontline workers will run at the end of this month until April. ― Bernama