Malaysia can achieve cluster immunity by this November or December, depending on increased vaccination said Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
The Director General of Health said vaccination is the most important strategy currently available, given that public health methods including adherence to standard operating procedures (SOP) and sit-at-home instructions is becoming less effective.
“Because it’s been too long (the COVID-19 pandemic situation). This causes mental and physical exhaustion. So, it’s harder to survive” he said in the Islamic Webinar and Current Issues titled Religious Socialization in Dealing with COVID-19 posted live on the Intellectual Organization’s Youtube Negara (PINTAR) and Persatuan Ulama ‘Malaysia last Sunday.
However, Coordinating Minister of the National Covid-19 Immunization Program (PICK), Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar said the unfair distribution of Covid-19 vaccine supply has left Asian countries, including Malaysia, behind compared to countries under the European Union (EU).
He said EU countries are negotiating with Covid-19 vaccine suppliers to allow bulk purchases while vaccine factories are all in European countries.
“Their actions also caused Asian countries, including Japan, which is known as a developed country, to lag behind when it comes to vaccination compared to Europe such as the United States, United Kingdom, Canada while South America, which received US aid, also achieved group immunity earlier.
“We should make comparisons with neighboring countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam because Malaysia is ahead of all the countries when it comes to vaccination rates and we are closer to Japan. This is a government effort at a high rate, ”he said in a press conference on the development of the National Covid-19 Immunization Program (PICK) with the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Adham Baba virtually.
Why is there inconsistency in making a statement? why Noor Hisham statement seems too far fetch when the vaccine supply issue has yet to be resolved?