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Private Hospitals & States Will Be Able To Purchase Vaccines But Must Queue If From Same Suppli

According to an announcement on 3 June by The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, state governments and private hospitals can now purchase Covid-19 vaccines other than Pfizer and Sinovic which are currently being used in the NIP. The vaccines must be approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO), which includes Sinopharm and Moderna.

“If the state wants to purchase their own vaccines and bring these other vaccines in, they can go ahead; we can even facilitate them,” Khairy said. Private hospitals and state governments who are interested must register with the Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

If the state governments and private hospitals wish to place orders for Pfizer and Sinovac, they will have to wait in line as the federal government must prioritise doses to those who have registered with the NPR programme.

That said, Sinovac was recently approved by WHO, joining Pfizer, AstraZeneca (AZ), Sinopharm, Serum Institute of India, Janssen, and Moderna as vaccines declared by the organisation for emergency use.

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