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Malaysia Plans to Vaccinate Overseas Visitors to Combat Polio

Oral polio vaccine.

Oral polio vaccine.

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Malaysia will vaccinate overseas visitors in the country in a bid to prevent the proliferation of infectious diseases, state news agency Bernama reported, citing Ministry of Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The health ministry will seek cooperation from Unicef to get subsidized vaccine supplies and plans to work with the Philippines to secure less expensive treatments, Bernama cited Noor Hisham as saying. Some 20% to 30% of overseas visitors, especially in the Borneo island of Sabah and Sarawak, enter the country without screening, raising concerns about their vaccination status, according to the report.