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Malaysia hit highest daily vaccination rate so far of 154,866 doses on June 9, says JKJAV

KUALA LUMPUR (June 10): A total of 154,866 doses of vaccine were administered yesterday (June 9) — the highest so far — and also marked the second consecutive day the country breached the 150,000 level, according to latest data from the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV).

114,671 individuals had received the first dose, while the remaining 40,195 individuals received the second jab as of yesterday.

Cumulatively, 3.94 million doses have been administered to date, with 2.72 million doses administered to individuals who received the first dose, while 1.22 million individuals have been fully vaccinated.

For the first dose, Kuala Lumpur reported the highest number of individuals who had received their first dose at 463,878, followed by Selangor (398,733), Sarawak (261,225), Johor (251,726) and Perak (216,548).

Meanwhile, Selangor recorded 157,671 individuals who had completed their second dose of vaccination, followed by Sarawak (128,648), Johor (113,171),Perak (110,610) and Sabah (98,910).

Yesterday, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said Malaysia is expecting deliveries of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines manufactured in Thailand to be delayed, and it is among several countries to report a hold-up with orders from the Thai plant.

Khairy, however, did not specify to reporters how long the deliveries would be delayed or how many shipments would be affected.

The delay comes amid questions over AstraZeneca's vaccine distribution plan in Southeast Asia, which depends on 200 million doses made by Siam Bioscience, a company owned by Thailand's king that is making vaccines for the first time.

Separately, Malaysia registered 6,239 new Covid-19 cases yesterday, the second consecutive day in which daily infections showed an upward trend.

This raised the country's cumulative confirmed Covid-19 infections to 633,891 since the pandemic struck the nation last year.

Another 75 fatalities linked to the coronavirus were reported yesterday, marking the fourth straight day of decline in daily deaths.

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