KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is one of the recipients of Covid-19 vaccine under President Joe Biden’s programme announced last month, to donate 80 million doses of vaccine around the world.
The United States Embassy in Malaysia said, the support would will help protect Malaysians from the Covid-19 virus, allowing Malaysia to turn the page on the pandemic and focus on economic recovery.
United States is pleased to deliver one million life-saving jabs of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to assist Malaysia in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Shipments of the vaccine first arrived at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport for distribution to vaccine centres nationwide.
At the delivery, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia, Brian McFeeters, said the United States is committed to working with Malaysia to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve global health security.
“The U.S. and Malaysia have a long, solid partnership in public health issues, and it is our top priority right now to assist Malaysia in saving lives.
“We are committed to working with the Malaysian government to support the National COVID-19 Immunization Program by increasing vaccine coverage and helping to achieve its target for recovery as quickly as possible,” he said in a statement.
The vaccine allocation to Malaysia is part of the Biden Administration’s commitment to share U.S. vaccine supply around the globe.
The United States is one of the largest financial contributor for COVAX, a global vaccine the global vaccine-sharing partnership, with a USD4 billion financial pledge through 2022.
The United States also recently announced a landmark pledge to provide an additional 500 million vaccine doses to the world’s lowest-income nations via COVAX.
In the statement, President Biden also stated the U.S. government’s commitment to building a more secure world against infectious diseases and driving the urgency for international vaccination efforts.
“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic,” said Biden. –MalaysiaGazette