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Govt Signs Deal With Pfizer For 12.8 Mil COVID-19 Vaccine Doses – Muhyiddin

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PUTRAJAYA, Nov 27 — The Malaysian government, through the Health Ministry, has signed a preliminary purchasing agreement with pharmaceutical company Pfizer to obtain 12.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to meet the immunisation needs of 20 per cent or 6.4 million Malaysians.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the agreement, signed on Tuesday (Nov 24), aimed to ensure the government had access to data to assess the vaccine’s quality, safety and effectiveness while also ensuring access once it was ready for distribution.

“Pfizer on Nov 9 stated that the first interim data analysis showed that vaccine efficacy was at 95 per cent.

“Through this agreement, Pfizer has pledged to deliver one million doses, 1.7 million doses, 5.8 million doses and 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the first, second, third and fourth quarters of 2021,” he told a virtual media conference here today.

Also present were Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba and Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

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Be Careful When Driving During The Flood Season – Follow These Tips By JPJ

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We as Malaysians are advised to always be careful during the flood season. This is because we do not want unwanted incidents to happen especially related to life.

Drivers who drive vehicles during the flood season are also advised to take precautions.

To prevent any incidents such as accidents during the flood season, the Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) has released some driving tips during the flood season.

Here are some tips:

1) Maintain low gear – 1 for manual cars, while D2 for auto cars and maintain during driving in floodwater.

2) Limit the speed between 5 to 15 km / h and distance your vehicle from the vehicle in front.

3) Find alternative routes and avoid areas flooded.

4) After the flood, dry the brakes. The way to dry the brakes is to drive slowly (limit to 10-15 km / h) while pressing the brake pedal and oil. This will produce heat that accelerates the drying of the brakes. When you feel a little grip, test the brake at a speed of 20-25 km / h. Repeat the process until you get a satisfactory grip.

Source: JPJ

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LATEST: RON95, RON97 Petrol Prices Up 1 Sen, Diesel Up 4 Sen

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The retail price of RON95 and RON97 petrol will go up by one sen per litre while that of Diesel, up by four sen per litre for one week period starting midnight tonight.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance, based on the weekly retail pricing of petroleum products using the Automated Price Mechanism (APM) formula, the new price per litre for RON95 is RM1.90, RON97 (RM2.20), and Diesel (RM2.09).

It is said the government will continue to monitor the trends of global crude oil prices and take appropriate measures to ensure the continued welfare and wellbeing of the people.

Sources: MOF.

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Japan Might Cancel 2021 Olympic Games Due To Coronavirus

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Japan allegedly planned to postpone the 2021 Olympics due to coronavirus in sobering news after yesterday’s inauguration festivities.

The Times announced on Thursday, January 21, that the Japanese government has “privately concluded” to cancel the already postponed 2021 Olympics due to increasing cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

Japan is trying to find a “face-saving way” to announce the decision that also “leaves open the possibility of Tokyo playing host at a later date,” according to the article written by Richard Lloyd Parry.

Japan’s current focus is to host the games in Tokyo in 2032, the next available year, which was originally scheduled to start on July 24, 2020, and then rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021.

“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” a source told Lloyd Parry. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) will, however, beg to differ from now on. The I.O.C. issued a statement earlier the same day saying that this summer the 2021 Olympics will go ahead as scheduled.

“We have, at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on 23 July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” said I.O.C. president Thomas Bach.

“This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these Games safe and successful.” While Back was firm about the 2021 Tokyo Olympics happening, he did hint at potentially reducing the number of spectators as well as employing other precautions in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

“The priority is the safety,” Bach told Kyodo News. “When it comes to safety, then there can be no taboo.”

The I.O.C and Japanese Olympic organizers have openly sought to ensure that the 2021 Olympic Games will take place, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga calling the upcoming Olympics “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

But senior I.O.C. member Dick Pound cast some doubt as to whether the event will actually take place, stating, “I can’t be certain because the ongoing elephant in the room would be the surges in the virus.”

Source: Vulture

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