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Malaysia starts COVID vaccines in crucial week for Asian jabs

Thailand and Vietnam take deliveries while South Korea prepares first shots

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin receives the country's first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Putrajaya on Feb. 24.   © Malaysian Information Department/Muzzafar Kasim via Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia kicked off its nationwide COVID-19 immunization program on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin taking the first jab.

The rollout will be the largest vaccination drive in the country's history, targeting over 26 million residents.

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