Malaysia might get access to Covid-19 vaccine from China Khairy
0 month ago, 28-Jul-2020
Khairy Jamaluddin – Bernama file photo
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia may get access to the Covid-19 vaccine from China, if the Health Ministry (MOE) finds it safe and effective for use, said Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
He said thiswas part of the government’s efforts tohelp develop a vaccine for the virus throughscientificand strategic collaborations with countries capable ofproducing the vaccine.
Explaining further, he said the collaboration team comprising Mosti, MOE and the Foreign Ministry was formed last April, to explore opportunities between Malaysia and other countries in establishing strategic joint ventures in researching and developing Covid-19 vaccine and medication.
Khairy said this was to enable Malaysia to gain access to the Covid-19 vaccine when it is produced, as the country currently does not have the facilities to make the vaccine for humans.
“Malaysia is also talking to China about the vaccine development by companies and institutions from the republic. China now has several companies and institutions whichare more advanced in the field.
“I am scheduled to hold a video conference tomorrow evening with my counterpartin China on the matter including the possibility of Malaysia to gain accessto the vaccine from China, if the MOE finds it issuitable, safe and effective to use,” he said during Dewan Rakyatquestion-and-answer session,today.
He was responding to a question from Datuk Mohd Nizar Zakaria (BN-Parit) on Mosti’s role in helping with the Covid-19 vaccine development effort at international level, since Malaysia did not have the facility.
Khairy said Mosti had taken the initiative to be involved in the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the participation as a coalition member has enabled the country to gain access to vaccine development, technology transfer and new expertise, for local researchers.
“CEPI is also committed to fair and open vaccine distribution at reasonable cost for the whole world,” he said. – Bernama
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