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Malaysia aims to unshackle economy as adult vaccinations near 90%

Daily cases dropping but breakthrough infection concerns persist

A Kuala Lumpur mall in early September: The Malaysian government continues to battle the pandemic but hopes to rev up the economy.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia plans to reopen more of its economy in October, banking on a rising vaccination rate and falling infection numbers amid lingering concerns that COVID-19 could surge again.

The government intends to allow interstate travel, as well as reopenings of theme parks and entertainment venues, once 90% of adults have received two shots -- a threshold expected to be reached by next week. About 84% of adults had been fully vaccinated as of Monday, with over 150,000 receiving their second doses daily.

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