Emeritus Professor Dato’ Dr. Lam Sai Kit from the University of Malaya, and a member of an International COVID-19 Task Force, concurred with the decision of WHO. “After three long years of the pandemic, and with the decrease in cases and severity over the last year, it is time for life to return to normal. As a matter of fact, Malaysia had independently adopted a stand that the COVID-19 pandemic entered an epidemic phase as early as mid-2022, almost a year before the WHO Declaration last Friday.”
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 public needs to be vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce the transmission rate of the more dangerous COVID-19 variants, said the former Health Ministry’s National Advisor for Infectious Diseases, Datuk Dr Christopher Lee. Describing the current situation as a “race between vaccination and virus,” he said, the best way to reduce the rate of COVID-19 virus mutation in the community was through vaccination.
Orang ramai perlu divaksin secepat mungkin bagi mengurangkan kadar penularan varian-varian COVID-19 yang lebih berbahaya, demikian saranan bekas Penasihat Kebangsaan Penyakit Berjangkit Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia, Datuk Dr Christopher Lee. Sambil menyifatkan situasi sekarang sebagai “perlumbaan antara vaksin dan virus” ujar beliau, cara terbaik untuk mengurangkan kadar mutasi virus COVID-19 dalam komuniti adalah menerusi vaksinasi.
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.
Pengambilan vaksin bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu. Sejak dari lahir lagi, masyarakat sudah biasa dengan penerimaan vaksin untuk mengelak pelbagai jenis penyakit. Malah syarat pengambilan vaksin sebelum memasuki sesebuah negara telah lama diamalkan seperti vaksin demam kuning untuk negara Afrika, dan suntikan wajib vaksin meningococcal untuk ke tanah suci Makkah atau Madinah di negara Arab Saudi untuk tujuan umrah atau haji.
Walaupun keyakinan global terhadap vaksin COVID-19 semakin meningkat, keraguan dan keengganan menerima vaksin tetap menjadi masalah utama. Untuk menangani cabaran ini, Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia dan The Petri Dish secara rasminya melancarkan #YakiniVaksin, satu projek kempen kesedaran yang bertujuan untuk melawan mitos dan salah faham tentang vaksin COVID-19.
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.
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.