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Covid-19 vaccine: No compromise on safety, says Khairy

KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 25): Malaysia will never compromise on safety when procuring any upcoming vaccine against Covid-19, Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pictured) assured today.

"We will not compromise on safety although we hope to get the vaccine by the first quarter of next year with priority given to frontliners.

"We will make sure that we obtain the interim safety data from the companies supplying the vaccine and also look at their clinical data,” The Star reported Khairy saying during his ministerial winding up speech on Budget 2021 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

"No Malaysian will be made into a lab-mice,” he added.

He revealed that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will make an announcement “soon” about the use of the Covid-19 vaccine in Malaysia.

He said about RM3 billion has been allocated for the vaccine.

"This amount is to cover 70% vaccination target, which is in line with developing herd immunity for the nation.

"However, the RM3 billion amount is still subject to changes as negotiations are still ongoing on the final price for the vaccine," he said.

He also explained that children below 12 years old will not be among those vaccinated as the “current Covid-19 vaccines have yet to be tested on children below 12 years old”.

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