Malaysia : 6 Million To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In 2021!

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Malaysia purchased enough Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, to vaccinate about 6 million citizens in 2021.


Malaysia : 6 Million To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In 2021!

Malaysia just announced that they signed an agreement to purchase 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, 24 November 2020.

Malaysia : 6 Million To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine In 2021!

The 12.8 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine will only ship in limited quantities in the first quarter of 2021, followed by three tranches over the rest of the year :

  • Q1 2021 : 1 million doses
  • Q2 2021 : 1.7 million doses
  • Q3 2021 : 5.8 million doses
  • Q4 2021 : 4.3 million doses

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses per person, so that’s only enough to vaccinate a maximum of 6.4 million people – approximately 20% of the Malaysian population.

Some of the doses are expected to go to waste, because of the difficult storage and usage requirements of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Distributing and administering this vaccine will be a logistical nightmare.

Vaccinating 20% of the population across the entire year is nowhere close enough to create herd immunity. So the Pfizer vaccine will likely play only a supporting role to other COVID-19 vaccines that are cheaper and easier to administer.


Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is an mRNA-based vaccine, which teaches your cells to create proteins that mimic the SARS-CoV-2 virus, thereby triggering an immune response.

The Pfizer vaccine requires extreme refrigeration, which greatly complicates logistics :

  • Every Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine thermal shipping box contains between 1,000 and 5,000 doses.
  • Every shipping box is packed with specially-formulated dry ice, to last for up to 10 days, or 15 days if kept refilled with dry ice.
  • When stored in special ultra-low temperature freezers at -70°C or lower, it will last up to 6 months.
  • When stored in standard freezers (commonly used in hospitals) at 2-8°C, it will last up to 5 days.

Hence, vaccination using the Pfizer vaccine is likely to occur only in selected government hospitals in major cities.

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shipping box


COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from COVID-19 :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our home, office, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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