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KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Health is considering purchasing a variant-specific Covid-19 vaccine capable of combating the Omicron variant.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, however, said the ministry has not yet decided which vaccination program will be implemented if it offers the vaccine.

“We will decide based on the current epidemiological trend of infection. We have not yet decided whether to offer the vaccine to everyone, or only to those who are at high risk.

“Now we are looking at a more targeted vaccination program,” he told a press conference after chairing the 2022 conference of the International Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (IGBA) and the Organization. Malaysian Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI) here on Wednesday 7th September. .

Britain last month approved a variant-specific Covid-19 vaccine produced by US pharmaceutical company Moderna, as a booster for adults.

Meanwhile, Khairy said the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Ministry of Health on August 3 recommended the administration of a second booster dose of the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine for pregnant or breastfeeding women. , as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Khairy said the TWG also recommended giving the first booster shot to children aged five to under 12; COVID-19 vaccination for children aged six months to five years and heterologous vaccination for the second booster dose, adding that a heterologous vaccine with an mRNA vaccine or a viral vector vaccine for the second booster dose can be given people at high risk of developing serious illnesses due to Covid-19. – Bernama