Yesterday (9 July), National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin at the National Pharmacists Convention (NPC) 2021 said that Malaysia currently has a total of 3,190,789 people who have completed 2 doses of the Covid-19 vaccination and this represents 10% of the population too.
With 10% of the population being vaccinated, Khairy said that Malaysia has met the one of the criteria for Malaysia to move to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
“For adult population, 30 per cent have received their first dose, while 13.6 per cent have completed two doses of Covid-19 vaccination.”
“Early this month we announced to administer 300,000 jabs on average in July, but over the last three days we did one million doses.” he said, as reported by Malay Mail.
Meanwhile, he said that the vaccination rate a few months ago were relatively slow and this is mainly caused by the low vaccine supply given the global inequality in vaccine distribution.
He added that as of 4 July, Malaysia has only received 12.6 million doses of the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines, from the total of 67 million doses purchased.
“We are waiting for another 54 million vaccine doses; this is to indicate to the pharmacists‘ society that this is a clear issue of supply, not capacity, and once we obtain our supply, we are operating at a utilisation ratio of 90 per cent right now,” he said.
Khairy said that according to the data reported in countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore, the number of new cases and deaths will start to decline upon reaching the 30% to 40% of the population being fully vaccinated.
Nonetheless, he estimates that Malaysia will achieve the 30% to 40% threshold by the end of August.
However, Khairy pointed out that the Task Force with continue to monitor Covid-19 data despite reaching a certain threshold on vaccination. This is to ensure people do not die or get hospitalised from Covid-19 rather than suppression as the number of cases might still be high.
This comes after the UK government reporting more than 300,000 cases per day due to the Delta variant, just as the country started opening up.
“So likely we are following that trajectory as we open up the economy; transmission cases may still be there but what we want to see is death and hospitalisation go down. What we need is that the public and private healthcare facilities are not overburdened with the Covid-19 cases.” he said.