A convoy of DHL Express vehicles transports the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech with a police escort from Cargo Village in KLIA on February 21, 2021. – Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb. 21 – The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) provides security escort for every move of the Covid-19 vaccine that arrives in the country, Bukit Aman’s Deputy Director of Homeland Security and Public Order (Operations) said. Datuk Azri Ahmad.
For the arrival of the first batch of the Covid-19 Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, a total of 150 PDRM employees were involved in escorting 312,390 vaccine doses as well as PDRM assets such as high-performance motorcycles, patrol cars and cell phones today to police stations.
He said the first batch of vaccine will be shipped to three Vaccine Storage Centers (VSCs) locations of logistics company DHL in Subang, Selangor, via Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) upon arrival. Bayan Lepas, Penang and Senai, Johor.
Vaccine delivery to 16 Ministry of Health (MOH) VSCs in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and Johor will begin tomorrow, he said.
“PDRM has identified safe routes for the vaccine that will involve law enforcement officers from various departments, including transportation and specialty departments,” he told Bernama today.
In addition to providing security escorts throughout the vaccine movement, PDRM will monitor the logistics company’s and MOH’s VSCs by deploying staff and mobile police stations.
Azri said PDRM would also always make an assessment of the potential threats while moving and storing the vaccine.
“We think this is a very important task as the country is waiting to receive the vaccine, which is very important to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
Meanwhile, Selangor Deputy Police Chief Datuk Arjunaidi Mohamed said the streets in Selangor did not need to be blocked to ensure security control over the vaccine movement.
“Preparations to ensure the safety of the vaccine have been made under strict police control and there is no need to close roads,” he said. – Bernama