KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29 — The government has signed agreements with Covid-19 vaccine developers to procure 88 million doses, sufficient for booster shots for all residents in Malaysia aged 12 years and older.
Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz, when tabling Budget 2022 in Parliament, also announced that the government would procure antivirals to treat Covid-19.
“The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) will continue to be strengthened to provide third or booster doses to all adult residents, besides vaccinating children aged 12 to 17 years old,” said Tengku Zafrul.
“The government has signed agreements to procure 88 million [vaccine] doses, or 140 per cent of residents, enough for third doses for all residents aged 12 years and older.”
He added that RM4 billion will be allocated to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic, comprising RM2 billion for the Covid-19 vaccination programme and RM2 billion for public health care facilities to procure medicines, consumables, personal protective equipment (PPE), and health kits.
Tengku Zafrul also said the government plans to give personal income tax reliefs and corporate tax cuts for self-funded vaccine boosters.