PUTRAJAYA, Feb 23 — Malaysia will receive its second batch of 182,520 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine tomorrow (Feb 24) for distribution to states that have yet to receive the vaccine, said Coordinating Minister for National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin.
Khairy, who is also Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the vaccine, produced in Belgium, was scheduled to arrive via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in the morning from Singapore.
“The vaccine will be distributed to states that have yet to receive supply,” he said in a press conference after conducting a simulation of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme here today.
The vaccine will be distributed to Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Perak tomorrow (Feb 24), while Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan, Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan will receive the supply on Thursday (Feb 25), he said.
The first batch of 312,390 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine safely arrived in Malaysia through the national entry points at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Sepang; Johor and Penang on Feb 21.
The National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme is implemented in three phases starting Feb 24, with Phase 1 from Feb to April 2021 for the frontliners involving 500,000 people.
The Phase 2, from April to August, will involve senior citizens aged 65 and above, the high-risk groups and the disabled involving some 9.4 million people, while Phase 3 from May this year to February 2022 will cover both Malaysians and non-citizens aged 18 and above, targetting more than 13.7 million people
Khairy was previously reported to have said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah would be among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow (Feb 24), marking the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme started two days ahead of schedule. It was originally scheduled on Feb 26.
Meanwhile, Khairy said a total of 55,539 teachers, categorised as high risk, will be considered to receive vaccine shot in the first phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme.
He said the consideration to include teachers in the first phase of the country’s largest vaccination programme was made after receiving a list from the Ministry of Education (MOE).
“We will try to include teachers in the first phase of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme before the school reopening date,” he said.
The MOE has set reopening of school session for preschoolers, Year One and Two pupils on March 1 while Year Three to Year Six pupils will start attending school on March 8.
Meanwhile, secondary school students will return to classes from April 4 except for Form 5 students who will start on March 8.
On today’s simulation exercise, which was also attended by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, Khairy said the vaccination process will take about 15 to 30 minutes including recipients’ monitoring process.
Two Individuals Infected With Nigerian Covid-19 Variant In Malaysia Discovered – MOH
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.
KKM telah menemui dua kes pertama individu yang dijangkiti Varian Nigeria SARS-CoV-2, yang juga dikenali sebagai B1.525, di Malaysia – @DGHisham
— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) March 5, 2021
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
UK To Fast-Track Modified Coronavirus Vaccines To Fight New Variants
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.
“MySejahtera App Has Been Doing A UI Update…” – Khairy Jamaluddin
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”.
MySj has been doing a UI update to push this to everyone that has registered. Wait for the push. Don’t register again. For those that did & see later date of registration, rest assured we have record of your first try. Appointments given based on the first time you registered. pic.twitter.com/NkBgEW7tUE
— Khairy Jamaluddin 🇲🇾🌺 (@Khairykj) March 4, 2021
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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