PUTRAJAYA: Pfizer-Biontech’s Cominarty vaccine has been approved by the Health Ministry to be used for Malaysia’s booster dose programme.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said the Drug Control Authority (DCA) granted the conditional approval in a meeting on Friday (Oct 8).

“The 365th meeting of the DCA today has given conditional approval to the ‘Concentrate for Dispersion for Injection’ (Cominarty) vaccine produced by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV (Belgium) and BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH, Germany to be given as booster doses to people aged 18 years and above at least six months after their second dose.

“This conditional approval requires information on the quality, safety and effectiveness of this vaccine to be monitored and evaluated based on the latest data from time to time.

“It is to ensure that the comparison of benefits over risk for the vaccine remains positive.

“The ministry is also always committed to improving access to Covid-19 vaccine products in Malaysia, by ensuring that they have been evaluated in terms of quality, safety and effectiveness by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Division (NPRA) and approved by the DCA,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.

The Health Ministry has agreed to give booster shots to groups deemed to be high risk – such as the elderly, the immunocompromised or healthcare workers.

The initiative will kick off in Sarawak this month.

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