Acquire, distribute and use vaccines speedily

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: As soon as the Covid-19 vaccines were discovered and approved, state governments and private hospitals should have been allowed to purchase vaccines other than those used in the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP).

This was said by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing in response to a recent announcement by NIP coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin that state governments and private hospitals can purchase Covid-19 vaccines other than those used in the said programme.

“This should have been done as soon as the vaccine was discovered and approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It has been invented for us,” said Masing in a statement today.

He said that all needing to be done was to acquire, distribute, and use the vaccines.

“The other methods of fighting Covid-19 are simply a waste of our resources, time and lives of Malaysians,” he said.

As for who should lead the vaccination rollout, he suggested that the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) be the lead agency since the nation is currently under a state of emergency.

“Their disciplinary ways of doing things will make them the most suitable agency to implement our vaccination exercise in warp speed,” said Masing.