Sarawak to complete vaccinations in time for elections

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By S. Harrish

SARAWAK is expected to complete its Covid-19 immunisation programme within the next four months.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the government had agreed to expedite vaccinations in time for the state elections.

“I have guaranteed the Sarawak government that we will complete vaccinations in Sarawak latest by August this year,” he said at a press conference today, reports FMT.

In order to speed up the vaccination process, Khairy said he had asked Sarawak to consider using the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The government has procured 268,600 doses of the vaccine so far. According to Khairy, another batch is expected to be delivered next month.

Meanwhile, some 139,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will also be delivered in the next two days.

“We are constantly evaluating all new vaccine candidates, including the nasal spray vaccine that is being developed, but at the moment I would like to reiterate that Malaysia has ordered enough vaccines to cover 110% of our population,” he said.

Health minister Dr Adham Baba, who was also at the press conference, said there were currently 18 Covid-19 hospitals in Sarawak.

Along with the beds in Covid-19 quarantine and low-risk treatment centres, he said there are now a total of 7,347 available beds in the state, of which 58% were occupied.

Adham added that his ministry had also mobilised extra healthcare workers in Sarawak to assist with the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the state.