Its only Pfizer in Sarawak from Thursday onwards – Dr Sim

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK will only administer either Pfizer or Cansino vaccines for those who are getting their first dose after July 22.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said those getting their second dose would receive the same one as their first dose.

He said Cansino will be used when it becomes available in Malaysia.

The state government had previously said that it would use the single-dose Cansino vaccine in the rural and interior areas to expedite vaccinations.

Cansino received conditional approval for emergency use in Malaysia last month and Sarawak had asked for 650,000 doses from the federal government.

Dr Sim, who is also the state Local Government and Housing Minister, said in a Facebook posting that as of July 19, 72% of eligible adult population in Sarawak had their first doses, which is 1,579,474.

He added that 932,931 second doses have been administered.