Since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic last year, over 103 million people were infected, international travel was blocked and the global economy was damaged.
Fortunately, a vaccine was developed and countries around the world have started to administer them to develop a mass immunity to the virus.
Malaysia’s Vaccination Strategy
The Malaysian Ministry of Health is planning to initiate the National Covid-19 Immunization Program by the end of February 2021. The government hopes to vaccinate 80% of the population by the end of 2021 or early 2022 and provide the vaccine for free.
There are three main phases for the National Covid-19 Immunization Program.
The first phase started from February 2021 and is slated to last until April 2021 where the Ministry of Health of Malaysia plans to prioritize the vaccine for the 500,000 frontliners.
The second phase will begin in April 2021 and end in August 2021, in which the government plans to administer the vaccine for those who are more vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus. Those who are deemed as vulnerable are individuals over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions.
In the third phase, starting in May 2021, the Ministry of Health will open the distribution and administration of the Covid-19 vaccine for the rest of the general public aged 18+.
Global Covid-19 Vaccination Update
Countries all over the world have begun to initiate their vaccination programs with the hopes of recovering from this pandemic. As of writing this article, more than 392 million doses have been administered around the world are already fully vaccinated.
According to the Economist Intelligence, the US and Europe will recover from this pandemic by the end of 2021 or early 2022.