Malaysia’s health ministry on Thursday said the country will stop administering Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine once its supplies end, as it has a sufficient number of other vaccines for its programme, as reported by Yahoo!News.
The country’s inoculation drive will be largely anchored by the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine moving forward, said health minister Adham Baba.
Malaysia has secured about 45 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, compared to 16 million doses of Sinovac's shot, the officials said.
"About half of the 16 million have already been distributed, so the rest will be used to cover second doses," Adham added.
The announcement to stop using Sinovac's vaccine comes amid increasing concern over its efficacy against new and more contagious variants of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Malaysia plans on Friday to announce its decision on whether to add Sinopharm’s vaccine, officials said.
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