Malaysia Says in Final Stage of Talks With Vaccine Manufacturers

Malaysia has contacted ten manufacturers whose coronavirus vaccines are at phase 3 of the clinical trials, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in parliament Monday.

  • Several negotiations have reached the final stage and an agreement will be reached soon
  • The talks cover cooperation in various stages of vaccine development such as R&D, exchange of scientists, development of fill and finish (technology transfer, logistics, cold chain), and purchase of vaccines
  • Through COVAX, Malaysia will obtain enough vaccine for 10% of the population
    • Government is working on obtaining another 60% to enable herd immunity in the country
  • Malaysia is working on getting access to the vaccines as early as the first or second quarter of next year

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