The first interim results of a large-scale Phase III clinical trial for the jab were released earlier this week and showed 92-percent efficacy.
Although Sputnik V, the Russian coronavirus (COVID-19) candidate vaccine, is still in phase III of clinical trials, people in Russia are already being vaccinated with it.
He was responding to a question from Chan Foong Hin (Pakatan Harapan-Kota Kinabalu) who wanted to know whether the ministry had made any order to import vaccines from companies from China, such as Cansino, Sinovac and Sinopharm, or the United Kingdom, such as AstraZeneca, and whether the ministry would set the order of priority for Covid-19 vaccination as being done in Indonesia.
"Separately, the vaccine was administered for the first time in September to a group of volunteers from the "red zones" of Russian hospitals", the statement said.More news: COVID-19 Survivors May Be at Greater Mental Health Risk
Production will begin in December and the vaccine will be exported to countries around the world starting in January 2021.
Requests for more than 1.2 billion doses of the Sputnik V vaccine have been received by RDIF from over 50 countries.
However, it has also reached agreements to produce 500 million doses annually overseas, which will supply other countries.
Khairy said through participation in COVAX, Malaysia would have access to the supply of Covid-19 vaccine of 10% of the country's population and the government was working to get another 60% to meet the national immunisation target for herd immunity to up to 70 per cent of the country's population.More news: Arizona reports over 3K more COVID cases for 3rd day in week
Despite Russia's claims that the vaccine is safe and effective in treating Covid-19, local experts noted that uncertainty regarding the vaccine's safety remains.
Other countries are also taking part in testing the vaccine. This calculation was based on 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the 40,000 people who participated in the clinical trial.
Kim stressed that before Russian Federation provides such scientific proof, it will be hard to accept their results as it seems to be a one-sided announcement.More news: Caron Butler Reportedly Joins Miami Heat As Assistant Coach