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Health DG: Public COVID-19 Vaccination Registration To Open March 1

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PUTRAJAYA, Feb 16 — The registration process for COVID-19 vaccination for the public will commence on March 1, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said that the Ministry of Health (MOH) had identified several methods that the public could use to register, and it would also identify target groups to ensure they received the vaccination.

“There are five methods that we have identified for registration, including using the MySejahtera application, website or phone number,” he said at the press conference on the latest developments of COVID-19 here today.

Earlier, according to the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Handbook published by the COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Access Guarantee Special Committee (JKJAV) today, of the five registration methods identified, two of them are online registration via MySejahtera application or at a special website at www.vaksincovid.gov.my.

For manual registration, there are three methods that allow the public to register, namely, by calling the hotline (will be announced later), attending public and private health clinic facilities or through assistance programmes for residents in rural and remote areas.

Dr Noor Hisham also said that the MOH had been preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination programme since August last year, which also included the provision of infrastructure to ensure that the vaccine was received and stored safely.

He said that each vaccine approved for use was based on a study that had been conducted, where the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) would look at the three-phase vaccine study data, covering effectiveness and safety.

He said that the MOH was of the view to only conduct the COVID-19 immunisation programme for individuals aged 18 and above, even though some countries provide vaccine to 16-year-olds.

“This is because from the age of 16 to 18, there is no solid evidence to show that the vaccine can be used. We adhere to the studies that have been conducted and look at effectiveness and also side effects,” he said.

He said that if there were side effects of vaccine use, the MOH would record and report it to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Asked about the vaccine manufacturing companies that has been registered with NPRA, Dr Noor Hisham said that the ministry had received dossier from Sinovac, Astrazeneca and Sputnik.

“NPRA is still conducting evaluations on the effectiveness and side effects of vaccines, especially phase three clinical studies.

“For the Sputnik vaccine, we have given feedback to the company, our questions, so that they can provide the answers for us to present them for approval,” he said, adding that conditional approval may be given to the company.

“If there are side effects or latest data, they can submit them back to the NPRA for evaluation,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA

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Two Individuals Infected With Nigerian Covid-19 Variant In Malaysia Discovered – MOH

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Recently, the Ministry Of Health Malaysia (MOH) has discovered the first two cases of individuals that got infected with the Nigerian Variant of SARS-CoV-2 or also known as B1.525 in this country. The detected cases are actually from two foreigners who just arrived in Malaysia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both of them were found to be tested Covid-19 positive through the RT PCR Covid-19 swab test.

For a better recognition, The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) then performed a full genome sequencing as it takes into account both of the foreigner’s travel history. The Nigerian COVID-19 variant was first detected in the UK and also Nigeria in the month of December 2020.

MOH also stated that these discovered Nigerian variants can cause an increase in the likelihood as well as a possible decrease in the immune response. Worry not because MOH reassured that IMR and CPRC will continue to monitor the development of the virus mutation and to inform the public from time to time.

Other than that, they also reminded that even though the national immunization program is going smoothly, public health actions are still required as herd immunity has still not been achieved yet.

Sources: Twitter MOH

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UK To Fast-Track Modified Coronavirus Vaccines To Fight New Variants

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LONDON, March 5 – Future vaccines that have been tweaked to deal with new coronavirus variants will be fast-tracked for authorisation, Britain’s medicines and health care regulator announced Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency.

“We have a clear goal that future vaccine modifications that respond to new variants of coronavirus can be made in the shortest possible time without compromising safety, quality or effectiveness,” June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said in a statement.

According to the new guidance, the three-phase safety trials required for the original coronavirus vaccines won’t be needed but manufacturers must provide robust evidence that the modified vaccine triggers an immune response.

Christian Schneider, chief scientific officer at the MHRA, said: “The public should be confident that no vaccine would be approved unless the expected high standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met.”

Currently, both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have reportedly shown to be effective against the variant that first emerged in Britain late last year.

However, experts have raised concerns over the efficacy of current vaccines in the variants rst found in South Africa and Brazil, which have both been detected in Britain.

Six cases of P1 variant related to Brazil have been found in Britain, including three in England and three in Scotland.

More than 20.7 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.

At present, England is under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On Feb 22, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his long-anticipated “roadmap” exiting the lockdown. Schools in England will reopen from Monday next week as the first part of the four-step plan, which Johnson said was designed to be “cautious but irreversible”.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.

Source: BERNAMA

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“MySejahtera App Has Been Doing A UI Update…” – Khairy Jamaluddin

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Recently, the MySejahtera App has been doing a UI update for the vaccination of the COVID-19 program. The display for the vaccination is different now to show the simpler flow of the process for everyone that has successfully registered for the vaccine through the MySejahtera App.

According to Khairy Jamaluddin, “This UI update is to push the new display to everyone that has registered”.

For some people, this new display does not show up even though they have registered before. For that problem, Khairy Jamaluddin explained, “Wait for the push. Don’t register again”. But do not be worried if you have to register again because the first registration has been recorded.

He stated in the tweet, “For those that did and see later date of registration, rests assured we have a record of your first try. Appointments are given based on the first time you registered”. The appointment order would not be disturbed as it is given according to the registration done the first time.

Sources: Twitter Khairy Jamaluddin.

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