On 20 November, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), that took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalise a loss and damage fund, particularly for developing countries that are most vulnerable to the climate crisis. We asked experts to highlight some of the big wins and losses at COP 27, as well as what they signify for Malaysia and the rest of the world.
Category: Expert Reaction
[EXPERT REACTION] The Future of Industry 4.0 in Malaysia
From drones to robotics to biopharmacy, local technology solutions providers such as Biogenes, Poladrone, Techcare Innovation, Ethovent, Medika Natura and Bioapps Sdn Bhd are playing a crucial role in accelerating Industry 4.0 in Malaysia. Supported by the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) as part of its ecosystem and through its various programmes, these startups are charting the future of innovation.
[Q&A] Can Ivermectin treat or prevent Covid-19?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently urged people not to take Ivermectin to treat or prevent COVID-19. This warning came after it has received multiple reports of patients hospitalised after taking the medication. Science Media Centre Malaysia spoke to University Sains Malaysia's virologist and immunologist, Dr Leow Chiuan Yee to understand the potential risks of use for prevention or treatment of COVID-19.
[Q&A] Apa itu varian Delta? Apa perbezaannya dengan Delta Plus?
Mutakhir ini wujud penularan varian Delta yang kini dilaporkan telah merebak sehingga ke hampir di 100 negara, termasuk Malaysia. Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) turut memberi amaran bahawa dunia sedang dalam tempoh getir mendepani pandemik COVID-19 dengan penularan varian mutasi SARS-CoV-2 paling berbahaya di dunia ketika ini.
[EXPERT REACTION] What is the difference between VOI & VOC?
Recently, Malaysia has been recording an increased number of COVID-19 cases categorised by either the Variant of Concern (VOC) or Variant of Interest (VOI). VOCs or VOIs are mutant forms of the COVID virus (SARS-CoV-2), which are more virulent and infectious than its predecessor Wuhan strain. Dr Liyana explains the difference between VOI and VOCs in Malaysia.
[EXPERT REACTION] Brought in Dead (BID) COVID-19
It was reported that there were 293 or about 10% of the 2,796 Covid-19 deaths recorded as of May 31 were brought-in-dead (BID) cases. This figure has raised some concerns as there are cases where Covid-19 patients do not have symptoms and can deteriorate rapidly. There are also possibilities that many BID patients did not realise they were positive for Covid-19 until it was too late. We asked experts to explain this scenario.
[EXPERT REACTION] Should I be worried about the brands of COVID-19 vaccines I take?
Malaysia rolled out its National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme on Feb 24. While the clock is ticking to get more people inoculated to achieve 80% herd immunity in the Malaysian adult population, we asked experts to answer some of our burning question regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
[FACT SHEET] Types of COVID-19 vaccine
The key function of a vaccine is to offer protection to an individual by triggering the immune response against the infected disease. In the current COVID-19 vaccines, as of today, there are four categories of vaccines which have completed or in the final stage of the clinical trials. Factsheet and infographics to show the difference between COVID-19 vaccines by Dr Leow Chiuan Yee, YSN-ASM affiliate.
[Q&A] Mengapa terdapat banyak jenis vaksin? Adakah vaksin akan mengubah DNA saya? Adakah vaksin COVID-19 halal?
Adakah vaksin akan mengubah DNA saya? Mengapa terdapat banyak jenis vaksin? Adakah vaksin itu halal? Pelbagai soalan dikemukakan orang awam dan dijawab oleh pakar-pakar dari Fakulti Perubatan Sains Kesihatan, USIM dalam webinar “Takut Dengan Vaksin COVID-19?” baru-baru ini.
[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.
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