Inhaled or aerosol vaccine delivery which mimics the natural route of COVID-19 infection, has attracted significant attention for the management of the disease and several clinical trials have been registered. The advent of inhalation as a potential route for vaccination of COVID-19 has a number of plusses compared to conventional administration. Nonetheless, several challenges need to be addressed.
In recent days and weeks there have been statements made about moving from a Covid-19 pandemic state to an endemic phase by the end of October 2021. The argument for this is higher adult vaccination rates that will be achieved nationwide by that time period. So we need to ask this question: Is Malaysia ready to move to an endemic phase by the end of October 2021?
The COVID-19 pandemic is a testament to how important a good healthcare system can lead to a speedy recovery towards the wellbeing of the nation. Undoubtedly, this pandemic has various facets when it comes to impact. Nevertheless, it is significant for us to venture into the realm of the virus and epidemiological measures in curbing the spread of the disease.
We must not be complacent about the threat of the 5th Wave in Malaysia, especially due to the Delta variant. Our pandemic is barely under any control despite 4 weeks of a lockdown. We need to support each other and see the nation through these next few difficult months.
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.
While children rarely have severe illness, we see the devastation Covid-19 has on adults, especially those who are elderly or have chronic illnesses. We also recognise that children can and do spread Covid-19 to adults. Although no one is certain of the percentage of the population required to be vaccinated before we obtain herd immunity, we do know that this will be difficult without vaccinating children.
Rain falling in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur was met with some relief over the past few days as we are currently experiencing hot weather in the country. The hot weather is not a new phenomenon as barely a few months ago, many parts of Malaysia experienced extremely hot weather and a total of 10 areas recorded a yellow-level heatwave.
The 3rd iteration of the Movement Control Order (MCO) has just been intensified. It is as such an opportune time for us to take cognizance of our control measures so far and in doing so realign our response measures to COVID-19. Dr Dhesi BR in his opinion piece presents six key priority areas within which said realignment must take place.
To inspire the next generation of women STEM leaders, and to celebrate and learn from those who have paved the way in this area, four distinguished female STEM icons were invited to share about their journey and experiences in STEM in an online webinar titled 'Women in STEM: Igniting passion, inspiring leadership’, in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8.
Can people with allergies take the Covid-19 vaccine? What constitutes a severe allergy? How common is anaphylaxis after a Covid-19 vaccine? In this opinion piece, Dr Amar Singh summarises the understanding of the general public about the risk of a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis based on available current data and evidence.