KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16 — A total of 87 million Covid-19 vaccine doses worth around RM4.3 billion has been booked by the outgoing Perikatan Nasional Cabinet, said caretaker Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“This is a huge procurement and this total is more than enough for you all Malaysians.
“To all Malaysians, you don’t have to worry as my Cabinet has ordered more than enough vaccines for all of you.
“If the vaccination programme goes well, all of you will be vaccinated by the end of October,” he said during a special address today.
Muhyiddin pointed out how the next two months are pivotal to the country as herd immunity is expected to be achieved by the end of October, stressing how action plans set in place under the National Recovery Plan (NRP) must not be halted by the incoming administration.
He said this would allow economic sectors to recover faster and for the people to be able to generate some income to support their livelihoods.
“Therefore the momentum of the vaccination programme’s implementation must not be interrupted. Our record of achieving among the highest daily vaccination rates must be maintained.
“I hope the new government which takes over the administration of this country will take good care of all of you because it is the only thing I care about. I care for you always,” he said.
Muhyiddin also expressed his optimism of Malaysia phasing out of the pandemic in the near future, pointing to data that showed alleviated conditions in public hospitals, especially those within the Klang Valley.
He also thanked all medical frontliners who have sacrificed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
Muhyiddin today, along with his Perikatan Nasional Cabinet, tendered their resignation to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, citing the loss of the support from the majority of Parliamentarians as the administration’s downfall.
He was then appointed caretaker prime minister pending the appointment of a new administration.