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Ismail Sabri: Malaysia has to study viability of Russian vaccine before ordering

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Health Ministry will study the viability of the Covid-19 vaccine which Russia says it has develop before deciding to order it for Malaysians.

“I believe the Health Ministry will study the matter first. Currently, many countries are claiming that they have developed a vaccine, but how widespread it can be used, how successful it can be – this is what the Health Ministry will study before ordering any vaccine as it is still too early to make such a decision,” he said.

Two days ago, Russia claimed that it had succeeded in developing the first vaccine that offers “sustainable immunity” in the treatment against Covid-19.

Meanwhile, when asked when the country’s borders would be reopened, Ismail Sabri said that, so far, Malaysia had not decided to open its borders to foreign tourists based on the current Covid-19 situation in the country.

“Not yet, we do not have a fixed date as to when we will open our borders. We need to see the current situation in other countries and we also need to see how our country is faring, if everything is clear (the Covid-19 situation) then we will decide,” he said.

It was earlier reported that Thailand would not be opening its borders to foreign tourists until next year. – Bernama

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