Malaysia Gets Over One Million AstraZeneca, Sinovac Vaccine Doses

Lawrence Kim
May 25, 2021

Malaysia received two more shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine today with the arrival of AstraZeneca and CoronaVac vaccines totalling 1,059,200 doses.

The decision to stop the use of AstraZeneca for first shots due to worries over blood clots was creating worries among people who had already received their first dose.

Researchers from the University of Oxford reported in The Lancet medical journal that people who got a first dose of AstraZeneca shot followed by Pfizer's vaccine four weeks later reported more short-lived side effects, majority mild.

New Brunswick has 3,500 doses of AstraZeneca left which will expire on May 31.

"Kenya was to receive 24 million doses of the vaccine at a cost of United States dollars 3.6M, through the COVAX facility, and had set aside her own resources to procure an additional 10 million doses". The country received another batch of 50,000 AstraZeneca doses from the Indian government.

In a statement, Covax said that, up to today, Malaysia has received a total of 828,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.

On Tuesday, Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and leader of the clinical trials for the AstraZeneca jab, said giving coronavirus jabs to young and healthy people in wealthy countries while developing countries struggle is "morally wrong". AstraZeneca plans to have domestic pharmaceutical firms such as Daiichi Sankyo Co. produce at least 90 million of the 120 million contracted vaccines, which can be stored in regular refrigerators.

John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), part of the AU, told a news conference late April that the shots could be used until 13 July, based on a further analysis conducted by manufacturers the Serum Institute of India (SII).

The province has expanded vaccine eligibility to youth in Ontario aged 12 and up starting this Sunday.

"In addition to worldwide data, this Canadian study will help inform Canada's public health recommendations on the potential to use different combinations of vaccines for the first and second dose, as well as different dosing intervals", Tam said. As a result, several provinces stopped using it more than a week ago pending further research.

A readout of the prime minister's conversation says Trudeau confirmed receiving Manitoba's request for additional federal assistance, and committed to working with the province to provide additional supports to keep people safe. "If we look across the seas and see how the U.K.is doing, it's tremendously beneficial".

Earlier this week, Health Minister Christine Elliott said she was confident none of the AstraZeneca doses would go to waste.

Green party Leader Mike Schreiner called the announcement on Friday "encouraging news" but urged the province not to waste any of the AstraZeneca vaccine. "To receive a second dose, schedule an appointment online at a clinic offered through the Vitalité or Horizon health networks or contact a participating pharmacy".

"We have a policy where we say, 'First expiry, first out.' So, for those vaccines expiring [at the] end of June, they are the ones that we use first".

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