The Malaysian government has announced that it will send nearly a million AstraZeneca vaccines to Bangladesh and Laos.
Vaccines are reported to arrive in both countries on December 6th and December 8th, respectively. Bernama.
Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said this contribution would give both countries equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine as the spread of the Omicron variant expands.
The Bangladeshi government had previously warned of a shortage of beds as the number of infections has increased since July.
“If the number of infections continues to increase like this, there will be no place in the hospital.” Said Health Minister Zahidmarek. South Asian countries record 1,577,720 cases, 28,000 deaths.
According to Kylie, only 20% of Bangladesh’s population and 42% of Laos are fully vaccinated, which is inferior to Malaysia’s 78%.
Despite these contributions, Minister Kylie added that Malaysia has sufficient vaccines for adults and adolescents, including additional immune doses for eligible individuals.
At the beginning of June, Malaysia also joined Russia and Europe in donating vaccines to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Southeast Asian countries have delivered 50,000 Chinese Sinovac vaccines to the Balkans. The Balkans have sought help from the international community amid rising COVID-19 infections and deaths in Europe.
“The Malaysian government will continue to identify and support countries that have recorded low vaccination rates through donations of the COVID-19 vaccine through MOH and Wisma Putra (Ministry of Foreign Affairs),” said Khairy. Added..
Malaysia itself has been vaccinated more than 2.9 million times from Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom.Recently, the state of Johorian 100,000 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine dose from neighboring Singapore.
“This contribution has helped increase immunization rates in the country, and now Malaysia wants to do the same for other countries in need,” said Khairy.
To date, according to Malaysia’s CovidNow, about 90% of Malaysian teens between the ages of 12 and 17 have been vaccinated. Portal..
Malaysia is also one of the fastest adolescent COVID-19 vaccination deployments in the world, with 80% of adolescents receiving one vaccination within two months. Said Kylie.