Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to sell vaccines on the private market starting in August, says National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
“The Special Committee on Ensuring Access to Covid-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) will meet next week to decide on the guidelines for the private sale of vaccines, including the ceiling price,” he said at his weekly joint media briefing with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba yesterday.
Khairy also said that a cap price will be introduced to ensure that the vaccines would not be sold at too high a price.
“A lot of people have been asking why we don’t open up the private market for people who are willing to pay.”
“We had agreed that when the Federal Government has enough stock of vaccines, we will open up the market so that we can reach our (vaccination) target much faster.”
“That is why in the month of August, pharmaceutical companies which have access to a supply of vaccines will be able to offer this in the private market.”
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently said that a total of 14 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine would be sold by Pharmaniaga Bhd to interested states and private companies, adding that the move was approved by JKJAV to further expedite efforts to achieve herd immunity.
Khairy said Pharmaniaga was allowed to sell vaccines as it has fulfilled its commitment to the government.