Malaysia vaccinates 90 percent of adult population against Covid-19

Bangkok, Oct 11 (EFE).- Malaysia, among the countries most affected by Covid-19 in Southeast Asia, has vaccinated 90 percent of its adult population, the authorities said Monday.

The special committee set up for the inoculation program in the country tweeted that 90.02 percent of the population over 18 years had been completely vaccinated after nearly 130,000 doses were administered on Sunday.

The authorities added that 94.8 percent of the adult population have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

In September, Malaysia started administering jabs to minors between 12 and 17 years of age, bringing the total percentage of eligible people vaccinated to 65.

Prime Minister Ismail Yaakob, in a televised address overnight, announced that those fully vaccinated would be allowed to move and assemble freely across the country as a part of the measures to progressively lift lockdown measures.

However, international borders will remain closed to foreign tourists, and a mandatory two-week quarantine will remain in force for Malaysians returning to the country.

Social distancing measures and the mandatory use of the face masks will also continue.

So far, Malaysia has recorded 2.3 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 27,265 deaths.

Around August, the country experienced its largest wave of infections and deaths since the beginning of the pandemic last year. EFE


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