Amidst surging cases of Covid-19, Malaysia is ramping up its vaccination programme and imposing stricter lockdown over the past month. As the nation struggles to contain its biggest outbreak yet, rarlier on Tuesday (Jul 12), a vaccination center was ordered to close for sanitization after more than 200 volunteers and workers there tested positive over the weekend.
Malaysia’s science minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said that those inoculated from July 9-12 at the center, about 25 km (15.5 miles) outside Kuala Lumpur, are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. He added that the facility has a capacity of about 3,000 doses daily. Of the 453 workers and volunteers screened, 204 tested positive, Rappler reports.
At 844,870 cases overall, Malaysia has one of Southeast Asia’s highest per-capita infection rates, but also one of its highest rates of inoculation, with 25% of its 32 million population having received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The center will resume vaccinations on Wednesday after sanitization and a change in staffing, Khairy added.