A total 215,395 people have completed two doses of their Covid-19 vaccination under the National Immunisation Programme (NIP) as of yesterday (March 31).
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said 482,808 people had received the first dose, bringing the total number of first and second dose recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine to 698,203.
According to an info-graphic shared on his official Twitter page today, Dr Adham said Selangor remained the state that had received the highest number of first doses at 67,931, followed by Perak (49,365) and Sabah (45,185).
Malaysia will receive a supply of 3.5 million doses of CanSino Covid-19 vaccine from China in stages, starting this month, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.
He said the procurement of the vaccine is being made in two categories, namely finished product of 500,000 doses, and the rest delivery in bulk to be filled and packaged by local company Solutions Biologics Sdn Bhd (SolBio).
“Through the procurement of the CanSino vaccine which is a single dose vaccine, a total of 3.5 million people in the country will benefit,” he told the media after witnessing the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and SolBio, which will handle the “fill and finish” process, here today.
The government is looking into allowing those who have completed two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine injections under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) access to certain perks and benefits.
Announcing this today, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, however, did not specify what those perks would be.
Khairy, who is also the coordinating minister for the NIP, said the authorities were still studying clinical data on the matter.
"At the Health Ministry level as well as the Special Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Committee (JKJAV), we are discussing the possibility of allowing those who have completed their two doses of injections to certain 'conveniences' in the future," he told reporters after a working visit to the Vaccine Delivery Centre (PPV) at Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang here this afternoon.
Malaysia reported 1,178 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (April 1), taking the cumulative total to 346,678.
The total is a slight improvement from the 1,482 cases recorded on Wednesday (March 31).
The Health Ministry also reported new Covid-19 fatalities, pushing Malaysia’s death toll to 1,278.
Three areas in Tawau will be placed under an enhanced movement control order from April 1 to 14, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Defence Minister also said that the enhanced MCO on the YTY factory and workers' hostel in Perak and the Henry Gurney School in Melaka would be extended to April 15 and 16, respectively.
Ismail Sabri said the four areas in Tawau to be placed under the enhanced MCO are Kampung Ranggu Batu 10, Phase 2 of Taman Semarak and Kampung Baru Pasir Putih. - Bernama
Malaysia's supply of AstraZeneca from the Covid-19 Vaccine Global Access (Covax) facility is from SK Bioscience, the vaccine manufacturer in South Korea and not the Serum Institute of India which has been hit by export curbs imposed by the republic.
Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the country's supply of the vaccine should not be disrupted by India's export restrictions, unless the overall supply chain was affected.
He assured the public that he would look into the matter further, stressing that the export restrictions should not affect Malaysia's supplies.
Khairy also said he received AstraZeneca's delivery schedule from the company's contract manufacturing plant in Thailand today which confirmed that delivery of Malaysia's consignment of vaccines would start in June.
Malaysia saw an uptick in new Covid-19 infections today, recording 1,482 cases after dipping below the 1,000-mark barely two days ago.
Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Selangor recorded the highest infections, followed by Penang and Sarawak.
This brings the cumulative positive cases to 345,500.
The Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia has welcomed the government's move allowing them to negotiate with suppliers for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines but noted that procurement planning has to start from now.
Its president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said they were happy to work with the government to help in the procurement process from suppliers other than those that have already provided vaccines to Malaysia.
However, he said it was important to procure the vaccines early so that they will be available for dispensing by the middle of the year and not towards the third or fourth quarter.
"Any delay will have an impact on economic recovery.
The Health Ministry only approved about 15 per cent, or 409 applications out of the 2,743 it received from Malaysians this year looking to be allowed to undergo mandatory quarantine at their home upon arrival here, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed today.
The Health director-general said these 409 individuals represent less than 1 per cent, or 0.7 per cent, of all Malaysians who travelled home from abroad this year, which as of March 27 stood at 61,931 individuals.
“A total of 61,462 people was made to undergo quarantine at designated quarantine stations, 409 allowed to quarantine at home, and 31 who were quarantined in hospital (for continuous treatment),” he said in a statement here.
Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak will remain under conditional movement control order as red and amber Covid-19 zones are still being recorded in these areas.
Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the conditional MCO will be in force from April 1 to 14, except from Sarawak it takes effect on Tuesday (March 30) to April 12.
He said that 10 other states and regions – Perlis, Kedah, Putrajaya, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah and Labuan remain under recovery MCO from April 1 to 14.
Inter-state travel, however, is still not allowed.
Malaysia recorded 1,133 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (March 30), bringing the cumulative total to 344,018.
In the same 24-hour period, there were five fatalities, bringing the death toll to 1,265.
There were also 1,148 recoveries, which means 328,554 have recovered from the disease nationwide.
There are still 161 patients in intensive care units, with 76 requiring ventilation support.
Private hospitals will be given permission to negotiate with suppliers to purchase Covid-19 vaccines, says Khairy Jamaluddin.
However, the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister said vaccine delivery to private markets will most likely be made in the third and fourth quarter of this year at the earliest.
"I will discuss with private hospitals about approval for them to initiate discussions.
"People who are wealthy should not think that they can pay for a shot this month or next month because the entire world is suffering from a lack of vaccines, ” he told a media conference on developments on the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme here Monday (March 29).