The Chinese government will contribute 500,000 doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines to Malaysia.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today Malaysia was highly appreciative of the support extended thus far by China.
“On behalf of the Malaysian government, I would like to express Malaysia’s sincere gratitude to my counterpart Wang Yi, and the government of the People’s Republic of China, for this generous contribution which will greatly assist us in our joint efforts to fight this pandemic.
“Through this recent initiative, Malaysia hopes the close and friendly ties will be further consolidated for the mutual benefit of our two countries,” he said in a statement.
Hishammuddin added that the timely contribution would bolster the vaccination process and assist the ongoing rollout of the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme (NIP).
He issued a similarly worded statement thanking Japan and its Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
This is after Japan said it would be sending AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in the country to Malaysia.
This effort, he said, marked a significant step in Malaysia-Japan ties.
“Malaysia is highly appreciative of the invaluable support extended by Japan, our long-standing partner, throughout the pandemic.”