Pharmaniaga Logistics Sdn Bhd (PLSB) will manage the logistics and distribution of more than eight million doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines at its four warehouses located in Selangor, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak.
Pharmaniaga group managing director Zulkarnain Md Eusope said its wholly-owned subsidiary PLSB was chosen in an open tender by the health ministry as PLSB has the infrastructure, facilities and capabilities with more than 26 years of proven track record in handling vaccines.
“We have earlier handled 828,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Covax Facility and on July 1, received one million doses donated by Japan.
“All these vaccines are stored in our good distribution practice (GDP) certified warehouses that have pharmaceutical-grade cold chain facilities that are able to maintain a temperature between 2°-8°C,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He said the vaccines will be sent out to vaccine storage centres and vaccine distribution centres nationwide as instructed by the health ministry to support the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
This includes AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines received via AstraZeneca, Covax Facility and also donations by foreign governments.
On Saturday, Pharmaniaga Berhad received the first batch of 586,700 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines shipped from Siam Bioscience Co Ltd, Thailand for the government under PICK.
The vaccines were handed over to the health minister by AstraZeneca Malaysia country president Dr Sanjeev Pachal at Pharmaniaga’s warehouse in Shah Alam.