The Malaysian health authorities have declared it safe to use the corona vaccine made by AstraZeneca. The Southeast Asian nation said this on Monday, three days after receiving the first shipment of the vaccine purchased through the global Covax facility. The news agency Reuters reported.
A number of countries have restricted or temporarily discontinued the use of vaccines in view of possible cases of blood clots after vaccination. However, AstraZeneca says regulators in the United Kingdom and Europe have found in their reviews that vaccination offers a high level of protection and the benefits of vaccination far outweigh any risks.
Malaysian Health Minister Adham Baba told a televised news conference, “I can assure you that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe. It will be given to people aged 60 and above. ‘
Malaysia received about 270,000 doses of the first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine last Friday.
Health ministry officials in Malaysia say the astragenera vaccine has been shown to be “usable” in people aged 60 and over. And for other adults, the information needed to approve the use of this vaccine is being scrutinized.
Malaysia is receiving a total of 1.28 crore doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca. Half of which is coming under Covax activities.