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Malaysia-Brunei To Engage In Vaccine Diplomacy

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 5 — Kuala Lumpur and Bandar Seri Begawan are looking at vaccine diplomacy in addressing the current common challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said the cooperation would be centred upon reciprocal vaccination arrangement for both nationals covering diplomats, students and expatriates.

They also agreed in ensuring access to vaccine supplies for both nations and reciprocal mutual recognition of vaccination certificates between Malaysia and Brunei as it would facilitate cross-border movement of the people.

They mentioned this in a six-page joint statement at the end of the 23rd Annual Leaders’ Consultation at the Istana Nurul Iman here Monday. Muhyiddin is on the final day of the two-day official visit to this country in conjunction with the annual leaders’ consultation.

Both leaders also agreed in principle to establish a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), with effective COVID-19 prevention and control measures, to facilitate essential business and official travel between both countries.

Muhyiddin and Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also underscored the importance of revitalising and protecting the socio-economic stability of both countries and the people.

On the bilateral front, both leaders also reaffirmed their commitment to further nurture this special relationship by broadening and strengthening collaboration in an array of mutually beneficial areas.

They expressed their appreciation for the collaboration between the two governments, particularly in managing the repatriation of their respective citizens stranded in each other’s country and other countries during the pandemic.

“This is a testament to the close and enduring ties between the two countries and their peoples,” they said.

The leaders also want to enhance closer economic cooperation including in agriculture, fisheries, education as well as connectivity, trade and tourism.

Muhyiddin and Sultan Hassanal also touched on close defence ties as well as youth and sports, as well as enhancing connectivity and collaboration in transport sectors.

“Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to undertake mutual cooperation in the areas of information and communication technology, including multimedia and cybersecurity,” said the joint statement.

They also welcomed the progress made towards finalising the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Info-Communications Media.

On the MoU between the two governments on cooperation in disaster management signed at the end of the leaders’ consultation, they said it would strengthen ties in the area, particularly through training, joint exercise, operation and the exchange of expertise and information related to disaster prevention and risk reduction.

The Unitisation Agreement between Petronas and Brunei National Unitisation Secretariat inked Monday too, will provide positive momentum to the oil and gas cooperation between both countries.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Use These Healthy ‘Sahur’ Tips By A Certified Dietitian For Everyone To Practice

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When the holy month of Ramadan arrives, many people definitely cannot wait to finally go to the Ramadan bazaar to buy their favorite food. Well, it is not often to see this kind of situation because the food that got sold in the Ramadan bazaar is actually difficult to get on a normal day and some of them are very popular during this month alone. Because of that, many people decided to buy a lot of them to be eaten during break fast and some others also eat the food that they bought at that time and eat it during ‘sahur’.

This kind of attitude usually will make them feel tired so much faster because they did not take the right type of food or even did not take the right amount of food that they need during ‘sahur’. In fact, calories are usually less so the nutrients are taken less when fasting. Let us see the healthy ‘sahur’ tips that have been shared by Salsabila Aznan who is a certified dietitian on her own Twitter page.

1) Compulsory Intake Of Quarter Half Portion

Some may say that eating rice could make us becomes hungry even quicker. It is true if you only eat rice with egg, you will get hungry quickly. Make sure half of the plate is vegetables and not rice. Vegetable fiber helps to make you feel full longer when you are fasting.

2) Take Source Of Protein

Protein is also slow to digest. If you want to eat dates, add a glass of milk to get a minimum of protein and carbohydrates. If you eat rice, you can take fish, chicken, tofu, or even eggs.

3) Reduce Processed Foods

Avoid eating nuggets, sausages or even burgers during ‘sahur’. The one who loves to eat ‘budu’ and also ‘cencalok’, try to reduce the intake. Foods that are high in salt make you thirsty quickly.

4) Minimum 2 Glasses Of Water During Sahur

This is just a suggestion. You can drink more than 2 glasses of water if you want to. Make sure to drink enough water during ‘sahur’ so that you are energized during the day.

5) Variate ‘Sahur’ Every Day

Nutrients depend on the variety of food types. Don’t just take oats every ‘sahur’. Or salad every day. Diversify the intake of carbohydrates, proteins, and also vegetables.

Sources: Twitter Salsabila Aznan

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Johnson and Johnson Jab May Cause Unusual Blood Clotting

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BRUSSELS, April 21 – The European Medicine Agency (EMA) confirmed on Tuesday that there could be a link between Johnson & Johnson vaccines and very rare cases of blood clots, Anadolu Agency reported.

“A warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen,” the EU regulator announced in a statement following the investigation of its safety committee.

But the EMA upheld its recommendation to use the jabs and confirmed that its benefits outweighed possible risks.

The investigation also concluded that “blood clots occurred mostly at unusual sites such as in veins in the brain (cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, CVST) and the abdomen (splanchnic vein thrombosis) and in arteries, together with low levels of blood platelets and sometimes bleeding.”

According to the EU agency, over seven million people received the product of the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company and it caused serious blood clotting in eight cases.

The cases were very similar to the side effects of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

In March, several European countries – including Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway – suspended the use of AstraZeneca jabs for a while after blood clots were reported in some vaccinated people.

The EMA’s investigation also concluded on Apr. 7 that there could be a possible link between AstraZeneca vaccines and very rare cases of blood clots.

Similarly, the EU regulator upheld its recommendation on using the jabs since its benefits outweighed the risks.

Source: BERNAMA

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(Video) TikTok’s Latest Food Trend, Have You Tried It?

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In this time of the pandemic, everyone is trying to practice a healthier lifestyle at home. There recently a new food trend circulating on TikTok that acts as a substitute for morning cereal.

Dubbed ‘nature’s cereal’ by its creator @natures_food it is a concoction of red berries, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries with coconut water.

@natures_foodnature’s cereal ##fruit ##fruits ##share

♬ original sound – 🥭Fruits & Leaves🍃

Picture: Google

Rather than sitting down to a bowl of sugar-laden breakfast cereal, the internet is going wild for this healthier alternative. To add more crunch, just add ice cubes.

@lizzoAnother s/o to @natures_food since y’all hoes can’t read lol AAAAAAND for the “unblended smoothie” hive — it’s not bussin Janelle 😏♬ Triple S – YN Jay & Louie Ray

The concept got a further boost from the singer Lizzo, which makes it gains more success.

Source: @natures_food, People, Lizzo

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