Malaysia today, Wednesday, launched a vaccination campaign to prevent Corona, in a step the authorities hope will stop the increase in HIV cases and help revive the economy, which last year recorded its worst recession in two decades.
Malaysia has set an ambitious goal of vaccinating at least 80 percent of its 32 million people by February next year.
The Malaysian Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, was the first to receive the vaccine developed by the American company “Pfizer” and its German partner “Biontech”, as part of the Malaysian government’s efforts to reassure the population about the safety of the vaccine.
Mohieddin said: “I am confident that this vaccine is safe and effective,” adding that citizens must have confidence in the efforts made by the government to contain the virus.
Malaysia, located in Southeast Asia, has been able to a large extent to contain the virus for most of last year, but an increase in infections that began in September placed Malaysia in the third place in the region in terms of the total number of cases, after Indonesia and the Philippines.
Malaysia announced nearly 290,000 cases and 1,076 deaths as of Tuesday, although daily new cases began to decline last week.