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Covid-19: Those who want to bring in Sinopharm vaccine can register it with NPRA, says Khairy

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Covid-19: Those who want to bring in Sinopharm vaccine can register it with NPRA, says Khairy

PETALING JAYA: The government is open to any party that has the capability and clinical data of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine to register it with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), says Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).

The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister said that this did not have to go through Pharmaniaga, the local registration product holder for the Sinovac vaccine.

He said there were several parties interested in bringing the Sinopharm vaccine from China.

“It can go through anybody else who wants to try and bring in the vaccine. It can be registered with the NPRA,” he said in a video late Thursday (May 20) to address several allegations made by Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim about the immunisation programme.

Anwar claimed that Pharmaniaga had a monopoly to bring in all vaccines in the country, including Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Khairy, however, said this was not true, as the Pfizer vaccine was brought in via Pfizer Malaysia while the AstraZeneca vaccine was brought in via its Malaysian office and the Covax facility handled by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Khairy said that for every vaccine, there must be a local registration product holder or a local company which applies to the NPRA for approval.

On claims that the vaccines can be purchased at a lower price, Khairy said that he had presented the details of the vaccine procurement contracts to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which included a representative from PKR.

“The price we have purchased the vaccines is reasonable and affordable. If Datuk Seri has communicated with friends from China, with any specific information, you can send it to the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) to be verified.



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