Malaysia aims to vaccinate all by Feb 2022

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Malaysia expects to complete its COVID-19 immunisation program by February next year, covering 80 per cent of its population of about 32 million people.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a televised address that the first phase of the vaccine rollout from February to April will involve 500,000 frontline workers, followed by 9.4 million high-risk individuals who will be vaccinated between April and August.

A third and final phase will involve more than 16 million adults aged 18 and older, and will run from May to February next year, Muhyiddin said.

On Tuesday, the government said the first batch of the vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer-BioNTech is on track for delivery on February 26.

Malaysia has signed two deals with Pfizer to secure 25 million doses of the vaccine, alongside agreements to buy 18.4 million doses of other vaccines produced by Russia's Gamaleya and China's Sinovac.

Kuala Lumpur has also secured two separate vaccine shipments from AstraZeneca, including one arranged under the COVAX facility.

Malaysia has seen a sharp spike in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, after having largely reined in the epidemic for most of last year.