Minister in charge for vaccination Khairy Jamaluddin today said that Singapore got the Pfizer vaccine quicker because the Temasek Holdings —- a global investment firm headquartered in the city nation — had stakes into German biotech company BioNTech.
Khairy Jamaluddin opined that it was for this reason that Pfizer BioNTech gave preference to Singapore. Khairy further informed Parliament that Israel was the first to get Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and had given a hefty sum for the same to the company. “An option not available to other countries,” Khairy Jamaluddin said.
He also said that Indonesia was given priority by vaccine company Sinovac as it is a testing location for the Chinese company.
“Countries producing vaccines will prioritise countries that were clinical sites for their vaccines,” he added.
“The vaccines developed by Pfizer was made on an mRNA platform, which was never used before in the world,” Khairy told the Parliament.
The minister, explaining the government’s effort for vaccination, said that Malaysia had an ethical approach – looking at interim reports before considering vaccines for use.
He further cited the example of first world countries like – Australia, South Korea, and Japan – the countries that got vaccine later than others.
How many people have been vaccinated in Malaysia so far?
The government is trying its best to vaccinate people in Malaysia. As mant as 18,393,347 doses have been given to people across Malaysia. Those who have got there first jab are- 12,487,441; while the ones with both jabs are 5,905,906. The data means 29.7% of Malaysian adults are fully vaccinated, while 82.9% have received their first dose so far.