3.65 mln vaccines channelled to Sarawak

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KUCHING: A total of 3.65 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been allocated to Sarawak under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP), said its coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

He said the state has received the second-highest allocation after Klang Valley, which includes Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya with 9.086 million vaccines distributed.

Johor received 2.06 million doses, Sabah (1.86 million), Perak (1.44 million), Penang (1.26 million), Kedah (1.11 million), Negeri Sembilan (1.02 million), Pahang (948,000), Kelantan (914,000), Terengganu (795,000), Melaka (623,000), Labuan (236,000) and Perlis (218,000).

“As of July 26, the total number of vaccines received from supplier companies through government procurement was 23.88 million doses,” he said.

Khairy said Malaysia also received vaccine contributions from Japan (998,400 doses), United States (1 million doses) and China (500,000 doses).

“This means that the vaccines that have been received by Malaysia through government procurement and also contributions from foreign countries to date amount to 26,383,670 doses,” he said in Parliament yesterday (July 28).

The Science, Technology and Innovation Minister said the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) would ensure a balanced distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to the states.

“This will take into account the amount of vaccine that has been delivered by the supplier, the total population of each state and the threshold value set under the National Recovery Plan (NRP).

“This is so that each state can move from one phase to the next over a period of time,” he said.

Sarawak as of Tuesday (July 27), has administered a total of 2,875,760 vaccine doses to its people under NCIP. Of the total, 1,678,014 persons have received their first vaccine doses while 1,197,746 have received their second dose.

Currently, the state has 59.6 percent of its total population inoculated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, exceeded only by Labuan (62.1 percent) and Lembah Klang (Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) with 60.7 percent.

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