Malaysia to stop using Sinovac vaccine after supply ends: minister - (Yahoo!News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • 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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