Sabah will be given priority to receive the single-dose CanSino vaccine, which is slated to arrive in Malaysia next month. According to Bernama, this information was revealed by the state’s chief minister Hajiji Noor, who attended a virtual meeting earlier today with coordinating minister for the national COVID-19 immunisation programme Khairy Jamaluddin.
Hajiji said that Khairy has assured the first shipment of the vaccine will be reserved for Sabah. The chief minister added that he had earlier requested to speed up vaccine supplies to the state in order to meet its 60% vaccination target by October and attain overall immunity by year-end.
“We have opened up 177 vaccine administration centres (PPV) throughout the state to date,” said Hajiji in a statement to Bernama. “Together with mobile outreach facilities and the Army’s Medic Vaccination programme, we are on track to get more people vaccinated.”
In addition to the CanSino vaccine, he also noted that Khairy is also offering Sabah the option to receive Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. As you may recall from our report in June, both the CanSino and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have recently been given conditional approval by the Ministry of Health to be used in Malaysia. On top of being single-dose vaccines, these are viral vector types that use the adenovirus method and have been recorded to produce similar efficacy rates.