PETALING JAYA: One million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTec Covid-19 vaccine that were donated by the US government has arrived in Malaysia on Monday (July 5).
The Raya Airways aircraft TH384 carrying the doses arrived at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang at 8.10am.
National Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysia hopes to continue working with US, other countries, to secure access for more vaccine.
US Ambassador Brian D. McFeeters also said the US was committed to working with Malaysia to support its National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
On Sunday (July 4), Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein thanked the United States for donating one million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTec Covid-19 vaccine.
“On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I would like to once again express my sincere gratitude to my counterpart, Antony Blinken (US Secretary of State) and the US Government for the generous contribution of its Covid-19 vaccines,” Hishammuddin said in a statement on Sunday.
The doses are from an initial batch of 80 million US-made vaccines the Biden administration pledged last month to share globally amidst concern about the disparity in vaccination rates between advanced and developing nations.
Malaysia is expected to receive a total of 12 million doses of various Covid-19 vaccines in July.