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Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari handing over a souvenir to Science Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar after a press conference on the state’s Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Task Force meeting, at the Selangor State Secretariat building, Shah Alam, on March 25, 2021. — Picture by ASRI SAPFIE/SELANGORKINI

MB: Selangor reviewing five vaccines before making purchase

By Norrasyidah Arshad

SHAH ALAM, March 25 — The Selangor government is currently reviewing the five vaccines ordered by the Federal government before making a decision to purchase it for the state’s use.

Selangor Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari said all types of vaccines will be examined further to facilitate the procurement and vaccination process.

“When the time is right, we will get it. We do not want the purchasing process to be chaotic, messy and not following the proper process because it will disrupt the whole plan of coming out of this pandemic.

“So far, we have no problems (with the purchase of vaccines) and cooperation with all parties is also good and solid. I believe we will finally be able to buy vaccines to speed up (in coming out of) this pandemic,” he said at a joint press conference with the Coordinating Minister of the national vaccination programme Khairy Jamaluddin, here today.

Amirudin said the decision to buy the vaccines was made because Selangor has many workers and large industries.

“We have 120 companies with three million active workers. This (pandemic) affects the economy and the country’s income on a whole,” he said.

On January 18, the Selangor government announced its intention to buy about five million doses of Covid-19 vaccine for the people of the state and the effort was welcomed by the Federal government and the Health Ministry.

Amirudin last week also announced the approval of an allocation of about RM100 million for the purchase of vaccines to help speed up the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.

 

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