The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Khairy willing to take any approved Covid vaccines to show all safe


KUALA LUMPUR: Coordinati­ng Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisati­on Programme Khairy Jamaluddin said he is willing to take any of the Covid-19 vaccines approved by the Malaysian authoritie­s.

Khairy said since many people had safely taken the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, he wants to opt for the vaccine that is approved next to show that all vaccines are safe and given to the people irrespecti­ve of their status.

“I have been reading people’s reactions and opinions for the past few days. The Prime Minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin), Health directorge­neral (Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah), chief ministers and frontliner­s have started to receive Pfizer and there are no side effects.

“Now the people are asking, if all the leaders are taking the Pfizer vaccine because it is good stuff, are the rest for ordinary people? So, I made a decision yesterday that I will take whatever vaccine that is approved next.

“If it’s Sinovac, it will be Sinovac. If it’s the Russian vaccine, it will be the Russian vaccine.

If it’s AstraZenec­a (OxfordAstr­aZeneca), it will be AstraZenec­a,” he told reporters after witnessing the arrival of the first batch of Sinovac vaccine at the Kuala Lumpur Internatio­nal Airport (KLIA) here yesterday.

The Pfizer vaccine is the first and only brand approved by the National Pharmaceut­ical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) for use in Malaysia so far.

The envirotain­er - a temperatur­e-controlled container - with 200 litres of the vaccine arrived at 9 am at the KLIA from Beijing in a Malaysia Airlines Airbus 330300 aircraft, Flight MH319, bearing the livery of the Jalur Gemilang (national flag).

The Covid-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmac­eutical firm Sinovac Biotech Ltd was transporte­d using a passenger-to-cargo flight.

The 200 litres of the vaccine can make available more than 300,000 doses. Khairy said the PfizerBioN­Tech vaccine had been proven safe with no side effects.

Apart from Muhyiddin and Dr Noor Hisham, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri as well as Agricultur­e and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee have also received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Indonesia is among the countries that have started using the Sinovac vaccine, with President Joko Widodo being the first person in the country to receive the vaccine.

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