By Mei Kuan
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin held a live media conference today (October 13) via his official Facebook page, taking in questions from the press.
One of the issues raised was on the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I have good news on this. I’ve held a two-way discussion via video conference with China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi who is currently in Malaysia. We spoke about the collaboration between the two countries for vaccine supply among others. China is one of the countries on the forefront of vaccine research and it has now reached its final stage. It is possible that the vaccines would be ready before the end of the year after the completion of clinical tests,” Muhyiddin explained.
According to him, China’s Foreign Minister has agreed to list Malaysia as a priority recipient. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be outlined on the cooperation.
When asked about his comments on the current political climate, he stated that the management of the pandemic and economy remains his main priority as a Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the much-awaited Budget 2021 to be unveiled on November 6 will focus on saving the lives and livelihood of the people with three main pillars: empowering the people; supporting business and continuous strengthening of the economy.
“The budget will continue the momentum of economic recovery achieved after the implementation of stimulus packages. It is my vision for the budget to help the people and businesses stay resilient in uncertain times due to the pandemic,” he added.
At the end of the media conference, he expressed his gratitude to the press for their continuous support in assisting the government and its people in the pandemic.