Malaysia Plans To Produce Own Vaccine In 10 Years Says Dr Adham

source – malaysiakini
  • Malaysia can become a manufacturer of human vaccinations within the next ten years thanks to the National Vaccine Development Roadmap.

  • The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry has been given an RM500 million research and development (R&D) fund, with half of it going to experimental development research for projects with commercial potential.

Malaysia Plans To Produce Own Vaccine In 10 Years Says Dr Adham 

According to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Dr Adham Baba, Malaysia can become a manufacturer of human vaccinations within the next ten years thanks to the National Vaccine Development Roadmap, which will be released soon.

He said that the strategy was put together via strategic partnerships between different stakeholders, including government entities, industries, academics, and the community, in order to consolidate a more comprehensive approach.

“As a start, a national vaccine centre will be set up, namely the Malaysian Genome and Vaccine Institute (MGVI). This initiative needs to be expedited because the government is aware that it is difficult for Malaysia to continue to depend on and obtain vaccines from developed countries due to vaccine hoarding.”

When winding up the 12th Malaysia Plan debate for the ministry in Parliament on October 6, Dr Adham said, “expertise from within the country has been identified and is being compiled to ensure that strategies and actions can be implemented according to the set timeline." 

source - financial times

Meanwhile, Adham stated in the 12MP that his ministry has been given an RM500 million research and development (R&D) fund, with half of it going to experimental development research for projects with commercial potential.

According to him, if it is implemented, gross domestic expenditure on research and development may rise from 1.04 percent in 2018 to 2.5 percent in 2025.

“Through this effort, more local companies can move from being just technology users to technology developers and creators,” he said.

The Dewan Rakyat sitting continues today.

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