KUALA LUMPUR (June 23): The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) urged relevant authorities to conduct a full investigation and take stern action against a private company allegedly selling Covid-19 vaccines.
President Datuk Dr Subramaniam Muniandy said MMA has been informed that vaccines are being sold by a non-healthcare private company to private groups at around RM400 for two doses per person with a private healthcare facility engaged to carry out the vaccination.
“MMA takes a serious view of this as currently the government is the official importer and distributor of vaccines approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).
“All vaccines available in the country are free of charge to the public and are exclusively available through the government’s National Immunisation Programme,” he said in a statement, yesterday.
Health director-general (DG) Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has also recently confirmed that the government had no intention to commercialise the Covid-19 vaccines or allow private companies to sell them.
According to Health Ministry, the vaccines would be supplied to all hospitals including private hospitals and would be given to the people for free.
A source, who did not want his name mentioned, told Big Blue Tv reporter that some businessmen in the country are trying to seize the opportunity to sell and make profit from Covid-19 vaccines, especially when many Malaysians are refusing to take the Chinese vaccine Sinovac.
“They prefer to receive Pfizer vaccine and many of them are willing to buy the vaccine privately.
“ If the government allow people to buy the vaccine that they prefer they will do it whatever is the prize, especially with so much misleading and misinforming news about the effectiveness of Sinovac which the government are now offering to the general public.