KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Malaysia has given
conditional approval for a COVID-19 vaccine made by China's
Sinovac to be used on young people aged between 12 and
17, its health ministry said on Friday.
Teenagers younger than 18 began receiving COVID-19 doses
last month, after vaccinations of more than 80% of adults were
completed in one of Southeast Asia's fastest vaccine rollouts
that has covered 62% of a population of 32 million.
In a statement, the health ministry said Malaysia's drugs
regulator advised priority for Sinovac's product among teenagers
without co-morbidities or allergy problems, or otherwise deemed
unsuitable for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
In July, Malaysia said it would stop https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/malaysia-stop-using-sinovac-vaccine-after-supply-ends-minister-2021-07-15
giving the Sinovac shot when supplies ran out, as it had enough
of other vaccines for the national campaign.
Malaysia has continued to receive additional shipments,
however. This week, the foreign ministry said China had agreed
to donate a million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, following a
donation of 500,000 in July.
(Reporting by Rozanna Latiff; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)