Malaysians are entitled to know how much the government is really paying for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in the face of confusion over the price, said DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang.
The Iskandar Puteri MP said that the government, specifically Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, must reveal the true amount.
This was especially important after the Belgium government revealed recently that it was paying a much lower price than what Malaysia was reported to have paid the drug maker, he said.
Lim also asked for clarification on conflicting statements from the prime minister and Khairy regarding the price of the vaccine.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had previously said the government was rolling out a RM3 billion plan to procure vaccines for 6.4 million people, or 20% of the population.
“Now Khairy says that the RM3 billion was “our overall estimate to get coverage for at least 70%” of the population.
“Who is incorrect – Muhyiddin or Khairy?”, said Lim in a statement.
Lim said Malaysians had also been informed that the first batch of the vaccine would arrive in February instead of January as previously announced.
“Could this deadline for the arrival of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer be stretched to March next year?
“This is why Malaysians want the government to be truthful, transparent and accountable for its responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.” – TMI