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.
[OPINION] Should We Vaccinate Our Children Against Covid-19 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.
[OPINION] Let’s do what we can to preserve our environment
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.
[OPINION] Opportunity Knocks: How We Can Turn the Tide of Covid-19 Transmission in Malaysia
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.
[FEATURE] Women in STEM: Overcoming Challenges
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.
[OPINION] I have Allergies – Can I Take the Covid-19 Vaccine?
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.
[OPINION] Creating Better Environments For Women Scientists
11 February marks The International Day of Women and Girls in Science which recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. One of the biggest takeaways from the 2020 pandemic is that the sciences is the field to watch. We need to ensure that governance and opportunities for women scientists are on the same spectrum as their male counterparts.
[MEDIA RELEASE] World Cancer Day 2021: Empower Communities for Cancer Prevention – Academy of Medicine Malaysia
The Academy of Medicine of Malaysia (AMM) wishes to take the opportunity this World Cancer Day to highlight another important battle happening in hospitals across Malaysia amidst our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic: The battle against cancer.
[OPINION] Refining Our Covid-19 SOPs for the Public – Dr Amar Singh
We need to be science based with our daily SOPs, rather than resort to harsh measures. Heftier fines, extended MCOs, increased public blaming are counterproductive and also harmful to the poor and those that have lost their livelihood. We have to walk this fine balance between harm from Covid-19 and destroying lives from tight SOPs.
[OPINION] Addressing mRNA Vaccine Safety and Efficacy Concerns – Young Scientists Network
There has been a number of concerns highlighted about the messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine over the last few weeks. As young Malaysian scientists, we would like to delve into the science or technology behind the mRNA vaccines in the hope that it would provide a more wholesome understanding of the technology.
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