In an effort to boost the vaccination rate, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin had in a press conference on Friday (23 July) said that pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to sell vaccines on the private market starting in August.
“The Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) will meet next week to decide on the guidelines for the private sale of vaccines, including the ceiling price.” he said, as reported by The Star.
Khairy added that the limit on prices is to ensure that the vaccines are not sold at an extravagant price.
“A lot of people have been asking why we don’t open up the private market for people who are willing to pay.”
“We had agreed that when the Federal Government has enough stock of vaccines, we will open up the market so that we can reach our (vaccination) target much faster.”
“That is why in the month of August, pharmaceutical companies which have access to a supply of vaccines will be able to offer this in the private market.” he said.
On the other hand, Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that Pharmaniaga Bhd had prepared a total of 14 million doses of Sinovac vaccine to be sold to interested states and private companies.
This comes after Pharmaniaga fulfills its commitment to the government and is now allow to sell the vaccines.
In addition, he also clarify the perception that the government had decide to discontinue Sinovac for the national vaccination programme.
“The impression that has been given is that Sinovac is no longer favoured in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme. That is not the case.”
“Pharmaniaga has delivered all of its commitment to the Federal Government. That was why an announcement was made that Sinovac would slowly be phased out from the national programme.” he said.
It is reported that Pharmaniaga has supplied 12 million doses of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine to the government and the final batch is delivered on 21 July. This is 4 and a half months earlier than the contractual schedule.
Meanwhile, as schools had been scheduled to reopen on 1 September, Khairy said his team and the Health Ministry (KKM) are working closely with the Education Ministry (KPM) to ensure all school staff, not just teachers are being vaccinated.
“We are also looking at vaccinating support staff and those working at schools such as cleaners, canteen operators, security guards and bus drivers.”
“We are working on that and working very hard to ensure the school environment is safe once schools are reopened. We will have an update on this next week.” he added.
Malaysia had been ramping up it’s vaccination rate and we are among the top in the world for this aspect.
What do you think about this? Share your thoughts!
Watch the full press conference here: