20 February 2021
Maximum security will be imposed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport when the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrive in the country on Sunday (Feb 21).
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said police are ready to facilitate the transport of the vaccines from KLIA to the storage facility in Subang before being distributed to other areas nationwide.
He said the police would remain vigilant even though there had not been any word of a threat or attempt to sabotage the vaccines during transport, storage or distribution.
“We are taking into account every eventuality, including the possibility that someone with mental problems might attempt to hijack the vaccines in transit.
“If an accident occurs during transport, it might damage and render the vaccines useless,” he said in an interview recently,
The country’s top cop said the vaccines were not cheap and acquiring them was a difficult and lengthy process.
“If it is damaged, it will cost the country dearly. The police will therefore stay alert to prevent any untoward incidents,” he said.
Abdul Hamid said he had assured the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry and the Health Ministry that the police are ready to assist in any security aspect.
He said police mobile patrol vehicles (MPV) and outriders would accompany the vaccines during transit.
“There will be a round-the-clock security rotation at vaccine storage centres as well as a mobile police station placed at storage centres to boost security,” he said.
It is learnt that the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines will be transported to a storage centre in Subang upon arrival at KLIA.
It will then be distributed to Bayan Lepas in Penang for the northern zone; Senai in Johor for the south, as well as Kuching, Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.