Malaysia takes delivery of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine today
Malaysia Airlines flight MH319 carrying a shipment of the Sinovac vaccine approaches the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang February 27, 2021. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

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SEPANG, Feb 27 ― Malaysia today took delivery of the Sinovac vaccine, another brand of the Covid-19 vaccine it has procured, almost a week after it received the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The envirotainer ― a temperature-controlled container ― with 200 litres of the vaccine arrived at 9 am at the KL International Airport (KLIA) from Beijing in a Malaysia Airlines Airbus 330-300 aircraft, Flight MH319, bearing the livery of the Jalur Gemilang (national flag).

The passenger-to-cargo flight had left Kuala Lumpur for Beijing at 7.05pm yesterday to pick up the vaccine.

The 200 litres of the vaccine can make available more than 300,000 doses.

Several ministers were at KLIA when the vaccine arrived.

They were Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob; Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein; Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme  Khairy Jamaluddin and Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.

Also present was China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Ouyang Yujing.

After the aircraft cargo door was opened, the envirotainer containing the vaccine was unloaded using a jumbo container pallet loader and transferred to a dolly.

The envirotainer is able to maintain the temperature within at between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius.

After the envirotainer had been unloaded, Ouyang handed a white box to Ismail Sabri to symbolise the handing over of the vaccine. ― Bernama