Khairy: Sinovac Vaccine Donation For Bosnia Depends On Malaysia Rollout

Malaysia’s contribution of an initially announced 50,000 Sinovac doses for Bosnia depends on Malaysia’s vaccine supply and vaccination schedule.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — The government has yet to decide when or how many doses of Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine will be donated to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Khairy Jamaluddin said today.

The science, technology and innovation minister explained that the Cabinet had decided to make a contribution of 50,000 doses of the China-made shot after receiving an appeal from the Bosnia president.

“However, this decision will take into account our current supply and immunisation schedule. The delivery timeline will be based on our own programme,” Khairy told a virtual press conference.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof reportedly said last Thursday that Malaysia would donate 50,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Bosnia upon appeal from the country in the Balkans, due to rising Covid-19 infections and deaths and difficulties in Europe.

Khairy said today that Malaysia was still facing Covid-19 vaccine shortages due to infrequent deliveries from manufacturers. Malaysia has received 200,000 finished vaccines from Sinovac so far and is scheduled to receive another 200,000 doses of the finished product.

Malaysia is also undertaking fill-and-finish, the final stage of manufacturing, for Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine.

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