PM: Six million additional doses of vaccine purchased, a more comprehensive Covid-19 strategy will be introduced | Malaysia


People watch a live TV broadcast of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s speech at a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur on August 22, 2021. – Photo by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, August 22 – In his inaugural address today, new Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the purchase of an additional six million doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

“By catalyzing the achievement of collective immunity like in Labuan, as good news in conjunction with the celebration of the National Day, I am happy to announce the purchase of an additional six million doses of vaccines which will arrive in early September 2021. “, did he declare.

He said he would ensure that all government efforts and interventions to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases in the country are more comprehensive.

“Thanks to the continued efforts of the previous government, (the) vaccination rate in Malaysia has become one of the fastest in the world. Malaysia has regularly deployed more than 500,000 doses per day.

“On the basis of these data, this government will therefore continue the efforts of the previous government to implement measures so that we can move quickly to the next phase of recovery thanks to collective immunity,” he said.

He added that to achieve the goal sooner, the government will further strengthen the implementation of strategies and initiatives to increase the coverage of Malaysia’s National Immunization Program (NIP).

“Based on data from last Friday, August 20, daily cases in (Wilayah Perseketuan) Labuan have fallen to single digits for seven consecutive days after reaching 90% of adult herd immunity.

“This does not mean that we will be completely free from the threat of Covid-19. On the contrary, when we achieve collective immunity, the virus will not pose a serious threat as it is today, ”he said.

Earlier today, the Special Committee to Guarantee Access to the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) said a total of 54.3% of the country’s adult population, or 12,718,701 people, had completed the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination yesterday.

JKJAV, via an infographic on Twitter, said that 77.4% or 18,121,392 people received the first dose, bringing the cumulative total of vaccines administered through the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program (PICK) to 30,840,093 doses.

Of the daily vaccination, a total of 469,690 doses were administered yesterday, of which 159,792 was the first dose and 309,898 the second dose.

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