Towards herd immunity (7 June – 13 June)

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NewMalaysiaTimes‘ weekly newsletter pulls together news and research updates on the COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia. These updates are not all-inclusive, but they provide a summary of major updates impacting the Malaysian vaccine landscape.

In the midst of political noise surrounding leadership and government, the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme achieved several milestones across the country.

The information published is collated from MoH, JKJAV, and all other relevant outlets. Here are highlights from this week:

  1. Ministry of Health Malaysia starts Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients (I-TECH Study) (KPKESIHATAN)
    Ivermectin is an FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug widely used for treating several neglected tropical diseases, including onchocerciasis, strongyloidiasis, and helminthiases.

  2. 23 cases of Beta variant detected in Kelantan (MalaysiaNow)
    Kelantan recorded a total of 270 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 30,142 with 7,596 active cases.

  3. To counter anti-vaxxers, get influencers to promote vaccination — Psychologists (BERNAMA)
    Psychologists ask to mobilize influential people to promote vaccination and counter misinformation from anti-vaxxers

  4. Over 2.12 billion coronavirus vaccine shots administered worldwide (BERNAMA)
    China leads the global count with over 763.07 million jabs, followed by the United States with 300.27 million, according to the tracking website.

  5. Private hospitals begin COVID-19 vaccination for the public today (BERNAMA)
    Some private hospitals in the country have started administering COVID-19 vaccine doses to the general public following the government’s decision to allow private hospitals to be used as vaccination centers

  6. Khairy Promises 25% of Malaysia’s Covid-19 Vaccine Supply For Selangor (CodeBlue)
    Khairy says 17% of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine supply has been delivered to Selangor, roughly proportionate to the population of the state that comprises about 20% of the country’s adult population

  7. Sharp rise in Malaysia’s vaccination rate as it beats Asia average (MalaysiaNow)
    The country is leaving other major ASEAN countries even further behind as the rollout of vaccines gains pace.

  8. National COVID-19 Vaccination Programme records highest recipients of the vaccine jab Tuesday (NMT)
    The second phase,  which runs from April to August involves providing the vaccine to 9.4 million senior citizens, as well as those from vulnerable groups and people with disabilities.

  9. Malaysia administered over 150,000 doses of vaccine for the third consecutive day on June 10, says JKJAV (THE EDGE)
    It said 111,130 individuals received the first dose, while the remaining 46,819 individuals received the second jab yesterday.

  10. INTERACTIVE: Here’s what vaccinating Malaysian children against Covid-19 could involve (THE STAR)
    Malaysia is expected to announce its decision soon on whether children should be included in the country’s Covid-19 immunization program

  11. 1,297,818 individuals fully vaccinated – Dr. Adham (BERNAMA)
    The five states with the highest number of completed double doses are Selangor (170,855 doses) followed by Sarawak (133,516), Kuala Lumpur (122,564), Perak (121,740), and Johor (118,317).
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