‘Shocked’ Sultan Selangor says Covid-19 vaccine distribution to state ‘unfair’

The Sultan of Selangor said the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine to the state was “unfair” as the government revealed that the vaccination rate nationwide will hit 300,000 a day by August.

In a statement today, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah said he was shocked to hear that only 615,210 doses had been given to Selangor, instead of the 2.9 million doses previously claimed.

“This is unfair when the ratio of the vaccine doses is not proportionate to the total population of Selangor, which stands at 6.5 million,” said Sultan Sharafuddin.

“Selangor is the biggest contributor to Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) and as such, priority must be given to the state.

“In this current situation, the lives of the rakyat must take priority over other considerations.”

Sultan Sharafuddin said there should be more vaccination centres in the state, especially in the rural areas. He suggested drive-through vaccination centres or mobile clinics to help speed up the vaccination process.

He also praised the Selangor government’s efforts in aggressively carrying out Covid-19 swab tests for free throughout the state.

“I would advise the rakyat who have received their Covid-19 vaccinations to remain cautious.”

Later in the day, coordinating minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin revealed that the vaccination rate would hit 300,000 a day by August – depending on the arrival of the vaccines.

“We are targeting a vaccination rate of 200,000 daily by next month, and 300,000 a day by August. If this can be done, I’m confident we can achieve the target of vaccinating 80 per cent of the population by October,” Khairy said.

Malaysia today recorded 5,566 new Covid-19 cases. Selangor still topped the list at 1,524 new cases, followed by Sarawak (707 cases), and Kuala Lumpur (466).

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