KUALA LUMPUR: February 24, 2021 will record another important history of the country when the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program kicks off.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah will lead the people to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine tomorrow.

For the record, the two individuals will join about 500,000 frontline workers to receive their first dose, in the first phase of the vaccination program which runs between February to April 2021.

The Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program, Khairy Jamaluddin, on February 4 said the government's decision to make the Prime Minister the first recipient of the vaccine is to give confidence to the people of this country.

On February 21, the Prime Minister in his official Facebook post said the second phase is between April to August 2021, specifically for the group of senior citizens aged 65 and above and the high-risk group and the disabled (OKU) involving 9.4 million people.

The third phase, which is between May to February 2022, is for Malaysian residents aged 18 years and above (citizens and non-citizens) with a target of more than 13.7 million people.

The country already made history on February 21 when the first supply of 312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The vaccine was flown using an Airbus 330-300 aircraft operated by MABkargo Sdn Bhd (MASKargo) from the Pfizer plant in Belgium.

Apart from that, Khairy, at a press conference in conjunction with the National Level COVID-19 Vaccine Simulation in Putrajaya today, said Malaysia will receive 182,520 additional doses of COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine tomorrow.

He said the vaccine will be distributed to Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Perak tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb 24), while Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, on Thursday (Feb 25).

Watch the live broadcast of the historic moment on channel 501 Awani, www.astroawani.com and all Astro AWANI social media platforms.