The first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has safely touched down at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
The vaccine arrived on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH604, an Airbus 330-300 aircraft operated by MAB Kargo Sdn Bhd (MASkargo). It made its landing at around 10.10am today (February 21).
Through a news source from Bernama, Flight MH604 which bore the colors of the Jalur Gemilang, symbolising that the vaccine is for Malaysians, landed with the first batch of 312,390 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine doses.
Present to witness the vaccine arrival were the Minister of Health, Dato’ Seri Dr Adham Baba, Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin and Minister of Transport, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
The vaccine’s journey from the Pfizer plant in Belgium was coordinated by Pfizer’s pharmaceutical company and DHL, a leading company in the logistics industry, under a joint partnership for the international transportation of the vaccine.
The vaccine left Puurs in Belgium and was in transit at the Leipzig Halle Airport in Germany, before continuing its journey to Singapore to be distributed to Asia-Pacific nations, including Malaysia.
On behalf of the Malaysian government, the Ministry of Health (MOH) made an agreement with Pfizer (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd on January 11 for the purchase of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.