KUCHING: Recently, New Zealand led the global vaccination rate against Covid-19 while Australia came second. Bu now, Malaysia has overtaken the two countries in its vaccine rollout, said Dr Annuar Rapaee.
“We thank those involved in the vaccine rollout, we still have a long way to go for Malaysians to be administered the Covid-19 vaccines,” added the Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister in a livestream on Saturday (July 17).
He said Malaysia’s vaccination rollout was among the highest in the world.
“We are actually better than other nations (in vaccination) despite the increasing Covid-19 cases. If we exclude the cases in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negeri Sembilan, we’d have fewer cases.
“While we know about the Covid-19 cases, we have to give credit to our vaccination process. Even though the infections continue to surge, the medical frontliners worked hard to administer the Covid-19 vaccines.
“If we look at Sarawak’s vaccination rollout, we have given administered 1.5 million doses to first dose recipients and another 800,000 doses to second dose recipients,” he said.
The Nangka assemblyman added, Sarawak had inoculated 54.1 percent of its population with the first Covid-19 vaccine dose and 29.1 percent with the second dose.
“In terms of age 18 and above, we have achieved 74.5 percent for the first vaccine dose and 40.1 percent for the second dose,” he said.
The assistant minister said Sibu had administered a total of 187,882 first dose of the Covid-19 vaccines to its people while another 101,391 had received the second vaccine dose.
“For the next two to three weeks, the first and second vaccine dose recipients will increase. Currently, the rollout for the first dose vaccine recipient have slowed down as many have been inoculated,” he explained.