KUALA LUMPUR: Almost 27 million or over 80 per cent of Malaysia’s population are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said the first batch of vaccines was expected to be received by the end of this February, with the group to be vaccinated by early March and the vaccination programme implemented in phases over a period of 12 months.
“The country’s vaccination programme is on track and the government has signed three agreements with vaccine producers.
“Through the established Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply, the government will ensure transparency in the procurement of vaccines and give utmost priority to the National Immunisation Programme.
“A total of RM3 billion has been allocated specifically for this purpose. The guidelines and methods on receiving the vaccine will be announced soon.”
The prime minister said this in the special announcement on the PERMAI (economic and people’s protection) Package broadcast live today by local television stations and social media platforms.