PM Announces Deal with Pfizer for 12.8 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine, First Delivery Q1 2021

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Malaysia has finalised an agreement to purchase 12.8 million doses of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine that will start to be delivered in the first quarter of next year, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The doses will be enough to vaccinate 6.4 million people, with the initial shipment of one million doses earmarked for 500,000 frontline health workers.

The next shipment will be 1.7 million doses in the second quarter, 5.8 million in the third quarter and 4.3 million doses in the fourth quarter.

The prime minister said vaccination will be carried out in phases and priority will be for high-risk groups, including the elderly and patients with non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases.


However, Muhyiddin said Pfizer still needs to get approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration, the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency, and Health Ministry before the vaccine can be used in Malaysia.

He said the deal was signed on November 24.

Muhyiddin added that Malaysia has also closed a deal with Covax Facility for its version of the vaccine, which would be enough for approximately three million Malaysians.

All Malaysians will be vaccinated against Covid-19 without charge, Muhyiddin added, but foreigners will be charged.