COVID-19: Where science meets the headlines

Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia is an independent information resource centre aimed at promoting accurate and evidence-based reporting especially on complex or controversial science issues in the media.

As COVID-19 takes centre stage, we help you to better understand the pandemic by bringing you the latest research and expert reactions on the novel coronavirus.

Our Latest

[OPINION] “Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?” – Dr Khor SK

“Doc, I don’t trust the Covid-19 vaccine because it’s too rushed. Normally, vaccines take 7-10 years to research.” Dr Khor SK in his opinion piece reassures that the Covid-19 vaccine is as safe as possible, with only one year of effective and accelerated research.

[EXPERT REACTION] Britain’s new COVID-19 strain

Following reports of a new strain of the coronavirus that is more infectious circulating in parts of the UK, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Sunday (20 Dec) said that the government has imposed a strict Christmas lockdown in London and southeast England.

[FACT SHEET] What is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine?

Malaysia is expected to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech in February next year. This fact sheet contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

[OPINION] World Science Day: Bridging Science and Society

Every 10 November, the world celebrates World Science Day. Over the years, science has proven to be a force for change. Whether or not it facilitates peace and development is an active decision that people, especially those at the top of society, must make. The 2020 theme of World Science Day exemplifies the optimal use of science with the line “Science for and with Society”.

[FEATURE ARTICLE] In Conversation with the 2020 Mahathir Science Award Recipient

This year, the Mahathir Science Award – the most prestigious science award for tropical sciences was presented to Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla of University College London, in recognition of his exceptional, globally acknowledged research in infectious diseases which is relevant to the development and enhancement of health policy.

[OPINION] COVID-19: Protecting Our Children

While serious illness and deaths due to COVID-19 is uncommon among children, when the outbreak is very large, as occurring now, some children will sadly succumb. We need to be concerned for those children who are immunocompromised, malnourished, in poverty and have chronic disease.

[MEDIA RELEASE] All Levels of Society Must Comply with SOPs – AMM

The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) urged the government to enforce mandatory quarantine in designated quarantine centres for Sabah returnees. It has been proven in other countries, such as China and Singapore where compliance rates are high, that home quarantines are not as effective in curbing spread.

[MEDIA RELEASE] MBIOSymposium: A Global Pandemic 2020 Wrap Up

This year, Malaysian Bioscience Scholars (MBIOS) held its annual flagship event called MBIOSymposium: A Global Pandemic. Spanning two days, a line-up of diverse speakers was invited to touch on different aspects and fields affected by the recent COVID-19 outbreak, not confined to bioscience-related topics.

Testimonials

The need and importance of effective science communication is clearly highlighted in this COVID-19 pandemic. Communicating science between scientists and the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders is an essential element of outbreak management plan. The public and policy makers must be able to understand the basics of science before they can make informed decisions. But scientists need a platform to share their knowledge, research data and information to the public and policy makers. And the Science Media Centre Malaysia provides a great platform for scientists to reach out.

Photo of Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

In a fast-paced newsroom, journalists are always busy and rushing to meet deadlines. With the COVID-19 coverage, we are constantly seeking out information and expert insights to accurately explain about the global pandemic particularly on the aspects of infection and treatment. COVID-19 requires a greater understanding of science and the Science Media Centre Malaysia is a good place for journalists to source for experts’ quotes and we also get story ideas by reading about the latest scientific research.

Photo of Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail

Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail