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Covax Is abysmal failure: Khairy Hits Out At Rich Countries

The coordinating minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin has hit out at developed nations for hoarding Covid-19 vaccine supplies. KJ said that Covax, which was established during the first wave of Covid-19 under the WHO to ensure equitable access to vaccines across the globe, is an “abysmal failure”. He said that whatever advanced and developed nations have done in order to supply vaccines was not good enough.  

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Speaking at a World Bank programme, Khairy Jamaluddin has expressed his extreme dissatisfaction over the Covax’s equitable access to vaccines around the world. Khairy, who is also the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said that developing and poor countries have cornered by rich countries in order to access Covid-19 vaccines.

KJ said that raising the voice against developed nations is necessary because of global vaccine “inequity” and for hoarding Covid doses.  

Speaking at the launch of the World Bank Malaysia Economic: Monitor Weathering the Surge report, KJ said that the government is targeting 60 percent of the population to be vaccinated by the end of September.

 “We have set up a number of Mega Vaccination Centers (PPVs) to increase vaccination rates, KJ further added.

He also said that the government is planning to add 1,000 more general practitioners from the private sector to start vaccinating on June 30.

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