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"The lack of progress towards peace is leaving millions of people suffering from the impacts of war and the global COVID-19 pandemic, whilst limiting humanitarian access to extremely vulnerable communities", he said.

Today, Muhyiddin reiterated that the national vaccination programme would be in three phases, with frontliners and high-risk groups to be vaccinated in the first two while healthy Malaysians adults would receive theirs in the last.

Vaccinations against the novel coronavirus began in Japan on Wednesday, targeting some 40,000 medical workers.

People 65 and older and healthcare workers are eligible to sign up for appointments in multiple Florida counties.

According to excerpts of his speech released in advance to the press, the United Kingdom foreign secretary will also use the UK's presidency of the Security Council this month to warn members that allowing the virus to spread in areas without vaccination campaigns means a greater risk of new variants taking hold and further waves sweeping the world.

Khairy tweeted in response: "Thank you to the Government of Belgium for facilitating our export authorisation for the vaccines manufactured at the Pfizer factory in Puurs, Belgium".

Beaumont also announced Monday that it will not be able to open any new Pfizer first-dose vaccine appointments at the Beaumont Service Center in Southfield until it can get more vaccine supply.

"We will also have protocols in place if excess doses are not used".

Malaysia has secured access to enough coronavirus vaccines for its entire population, as it prepares to roll out its inoculation programme by the end of this month.

There are also fears that millions of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine doses could be wasted due to a shortage of syringes required to maximise the number of shots from each vial.

The government hopes to begin jabs for the elderly in April, minister Taro Kono said, but he was unable to offer details about the schedule beyond that point.

"In short, vaccination is very important to protect not just ourselves but our loved ones, our family, colleagues, surrounding neighbours and the whole community", the prime minister added.

According to the timeline of vaccine supply, the fill-and-finish agreement (final stage of before the vaccine is delivered to consumers) with local manufacturers will be made between February 2021 and February 2022.