According to the Coordinating Minister of the National COVID-19 Immunization Program (PICK), the effort was indeed allowed and the government welcomed the matter.
"China has other vaccines such as the Sinopharm vaccine and now there are some local parties who want to register this vaccine.
“We are open to any party who has the capability and clinical data information to register Sinopharm vaccines with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA).
"That is possible and anyone else who wants to try to bring in the vaccine can register with NPRA," he said in an explanation made via Facebook on Thursday.
He said this in response to a question posed by Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the method of purchasing the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Rembau MP explained that every vaccine purchase must have a local product registration holder by a local individual or company that makes an application from the NPRA.
He explained that for the Sinovac vaccine, the holder of the local product registration is the Pharmaniaga company which is owned by the Armed Forces Fund Board, which is a government -owned company.
Thus, he said, it is not true that the purchase of vaccines does not have to go through one entity only.