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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hasil kajian yang dilakukan oleh sekumpulan penyelidik daripada Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) baru-baru ini mendedahkan bahawa hanya 43% daripada responden kajian mempunyai pengetahuan asas yang baik tentang vaksin COVID-19.
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.
Many individuals and groups have voiced suggestions to manage our raging COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. However, few appear to have been considered. Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS summarised five key measures critically needed to take to help put out the COVID-19 raging fire in our nation.