If our vaccine supply is insufficient, PN must purchase the 14 million Pharmaniaga vaccine doses that will be sold to the private sector!
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bukit Mertajam, Steven Sim Chee Keong has called upon the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to come clean on whether our country’s current Covid-19 vaccine supply is sufficient. This is following the revelation that a whopping 7.8 million Malaysians have yet to receive their vaccines or even vaccination appointments despite already registering for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NCIP).
Furthermore, Steven also questioned the government’s decision to allow for the private sector to sell vaccines to the rakyat starting from August 2021 despite so many registered Malaysians not even given appointment dates for their vaccine shots yet.
In a statement released yesterday (28 July 2021), Steven asserted,
”Many Malaysians still haven’t received their first vaccination appointments, yet private sector sellers are now getting ready to gain profit by selling Covid-19 vaccines.”
Steven had previously urged PN to provide at least an appointment date for all Malaysians that have registered for NCIP but yet to receive the vaccine. The Bukit Mertajam MP have uttered the suggestion in the Dewan Rakyat as well as in a media statement.
As of 28 July 2021, a total of 20.3 million Malaysians have registered under NCIP to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. Out of that 20.3 million:
- 12.5 million have received at least the first dose of the vaccine.
- 7.8 million are still waiting for the vaccine.
Given how approximately 7,800,000 million Malaysians have yet to receive the vaccine with a majority of them not even given an appointment date yet, it may allude to our Covid-19 vaccine is actually not sufficient.
Steven Sim commented,
“There is only one reason why the rakyat haven’t received their vaccination appointments: our Covid-19 vaccine supply is actually insufficient.”
If it is true that our vaccine supply is insufficient, Steven has called for the government to purchase all 14 million Covid-19 vaccine doses that will be sold to the private sector by Pharmaniaga. Instead, these vaccines must be given free to Malaysians that have been waiting for immunisation against Covid-19.
One more for these 7.8 million Malaysians without vaccination means that they are exposed to unimaginable risk given the daily record number of infections and casualties from Covid-19. Therefore, PN must learn from their past failures and expedite the vaccination process and put on hold the plans to allow the private sector to profit from the vaccines and utilise all our resources to inoculate the rakyat first. – The Rocket.