Great Britain donates 415,000 cans of AstraZeneca to Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia received another vaccine contribution, this time from the UK, which donated 415,000 doses of the UK-made AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Foreign Secretary Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said Malaysia welcomed the announcement by the UK’s Foreign Minister, Commonwealth and Development, Dominic Raab.

The contribution will help in increasing the daily vaccination rate of the ongoing National COVID-19 Immunization Programme.

“On behalf of the Government of Malaysia, I would like to thank my counterpart Dominic Raab and the UK Government for this generous contribution to the Malaysian immunization programme,” he said in a statement on Wednesday 28 July. .

In his recent statement, Hishamuddin said that Raab expressed hope that the contribution would help Malaysia mitigate the current pandemic situation.

“This is a symbol of our long and strong relationship, which will further strengthen cooperation both bilaterally and at various levels.

“Malaysia is deeply grateful for the UK’s support and believes the two countries can work together in many productive efforts to overcome the pandemic and achieve a meaningful recovery.

“This also includes cooperation on mutual vaccination agreements and mutual travel bubbles,” the foreign minister said.

Earlier this month, Malaysia received one million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine from the United States.

Malaysia also received one million cans of AstraZeneca donated by the Japanese government.

Minister Khairi Jamaluddin, coordinator of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Program, also said that Malaysia should receive about 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 Sinovac vaccine provided by China.

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