Malaysia purchased 6.4 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, and is in final negotiations with three other vaccine companies!
Malaysia Buys 6.4 Million AstraZeneca Vaccine Doses!
On 22 December 2020, Malaysia announced the purchase of 6.4 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
The purchase was signed earlier on Monday, 21 December 2020, but the deal only announced today.
Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine which uses mRNA technology, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine uses an adenovirus vector,
Because the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses per person, the 6.4 million doses are only enough to vaccinate a maximum of 3.2 million people – approximately 10% of the Malaysian population.
Together with 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, Malaysia now has enough to vaccinate 30% of the population by the end of 2021. The total costs of both purchases are about US$504.4 million.
That is, however, nowhere close enough to create herd immunity, which requires 70%-80% of the population to be vaccinated.
After AstraZeneca Vaccine Deal : Sinovac, Can-Sino, Gamaleya Vaccines
Malaysia plans to vaccinate some 83% of the population. To achieve that goal, the Malaysian government announce that they are in final negotiations with :
- two Chinese companies – Sinovac and Can-Sino Biologics,
- as well as Russian company Gamaleya Institute.
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