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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted both lives and livelihoods across the globe. COVID-19 vaccines may accelerate countries and societies’ return to a degree of normalcy. However, rapid deployment of a population-wide vaccination strategy appears infeasible due to resource limitations and vaccine logistics challenges.
Although clinical trials have demonstrated their effectiveness, COVID-19 vaccines remain new, limited in availability, and resource-intensive from production and distribution perspectives. The government must therefore optimise the distribution of initial doses through a stratified approach.
Against this backdrop, this policy brief presents high-risk populations in Malaysia who should be prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination in 2021.