KUALA LUMPUR (June 3): Malaysia had administered 3.21 million doses of vaccine under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK), according to the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) in a tweet today.

According to the committee, as of yesterday, 2.1 million people received their first dose of vaccine, while 1.1 million people received their second dose.

Based on the latest data from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF), Selangor has the highest number of people who have been fully inoculated at 145,539, followed by Sarawak (111,322), Perak (105,298), Kuala Lumpur (101,221) and Johor (97,974). 

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur reported the highest number of individuals who had received their first dose of vaccine at 355,966, followed by Selangor (302,031), Johor (195,988), Sarawak (195,333) and Perak (168,729). 

On the other hand, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said some 18% of Malaysia’s population will benefit from the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, which was just approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently. 

On June 1, WHO assistant director-general for access to health products Dr Mariangela Simao said the organisation validated the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use, giving countries, funders, procuring agencies and communities the assurance that it meets international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing.

WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) is a prerequisite for COVAX Facility vaccine supply and international procurement that also allows countries to expedite their own regulatory approval to import and administer Covid-19 vaccines.

Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, also reminded pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers that they can now update their status on MySejahtera for vaccination assessment.

Separately, Malaysia’s daily Covid-19 deaths climbed to 126 yesterday — the highest level since the outbreak in March last year, according to health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. The overall death toll now stands at 2,993.

Meanwhile, 7,703 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed — up from 7,105 previously — pushing the current number of active cases, which carry high transmission risks, to the worst level of 82,274.

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