Friday, May 7, 2021

vaccine rollout

Sarawak seeking help from Chinese embassy on vaccine acquisition

KUCHING: Help from the Chinese embassy in Malaysia was sought to hasten the acquisition of vaccines developed by China to be used in Sarawak’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme. In revealing this, the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to China, Datuk Seri...

Vaccination first, then state polls

KUCHING: Sarawak intends to complete its vaccine rolloutby August to allow for the state election to be held, says Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah. “The Sarawak government intends to complete its vaccination programme in...

Benefits outweigh inconvenience in vaccine rollout

KUCHING: The benefits of Covid-19 vaccination outweigh the various inconveniences caused to the recipients and the rest of society. One of the greatest benefits is preventing the pandemic from spiralling out of control as have happened in certain other countries. In...

Get your vaccine jabs when called

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to get their Covid-19 jabs when called for their vaccination during the second phase of the rollout starting tomorrow (Apr 19). Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar also hoped that...

Vaccine: Muhyiddin ready to look into Sarawak’s request for priority

KUCHING: Putrajaya takes notes of Sarawak’s request to give priority to vaccinating its people, particularly those in the Covid-19 red zones.  Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the state government's request for additional vaccines in the red zone area has basis.  “In principle, we agree, but we also need to look in details as other states also need the vaccine supply.  “At the same time, we want to find a way to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases to the lowest level. And we will work on it,” he said told  reporters after visiting Sarawak General Hospital’s (SGH) new Day Care Centre today (April 2). He said the question is not about not wanting to supply the additional vaccine, but the issue was whether the supplier could send the vaccine at one time.  “Some of it (vaccine) arrives tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, so we have to send it in batches.  “If the suppliers can send it immediately, then we will get it immediately. If they follow a certain schedule, we have to wait for the supplier. That is the issue now,” he said. On Sarawak’s intention to procure its own vaccine to step up its vaccination programme, the prime minister said in principle the federal government has no objection to the state’s decision to purchase its own supplies.  “The efforts by the state government (on getting additional vaccines) would ease the federal government’s burden in managing the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.  However, he said the only issue was on whether the state could procure the vaccine supplies.  “I think this is not easy, as there are some countries that have yet to receive enough supplies,” he said.  Adding on, Muhyiddin added that last year he had instructed the ministers responsible to get the vaccine to make sure the supply was enough for all Malaysians and non-Malaysians in the country and at the same time obtaining the vaccine at reasonable prices.  The National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme rolled out on Feb 26. The government targets to vaccinate 70 percent of Malaysians to achieve herd immunity.

PM pledges more Covid-19 vaccine doses for Sarawak

KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has pledged to channel more vaccine doses to Sarawak for its Covid-19 immunisation programme. “When I arrived in Sarawak and saw the vaccination centre in Kuching, I noticed that you have done very well. I thank the frontliners and in Kuching now, there are about 180 vaccine administration centres (PPV) to inoculate 1.4 to 1.5 million Sarawakians. “God willing, when I return to Kuala Lumpur, I will ask the ministers concerned to hasten the supply of vaccines to Sarawak so that the people are protected from Covid-19,” he said during a programme with community leaders in Kota Samarahan today (April 2). Muhyiddin said the federal government has conducted discussions with vaccine manufacturers at an early stage to secure supplies for the country’s Covid-19 immunisation programme. “We have now completed discussions and we have been able to secure the vaccines enough for about 150 percent of the nation’s population instead of just 100 percent. “This is for us to prepare for any eventualities as it would be difficult to source the vaccines after this,” he said, adding that, presently there are other countries who are yet to obtain a single dose of the vaccine. He said Malaysia in its discussion with the vaccine manufacturers has also secured a good price for the doses, one that is better than the prices obtained by other developed countries. On political stability, the prime minister said it is crucial for the continuity of the present government to ensure the nation’s recovery. “While the nation’s politics is marred by instability, I don’t wish it to be such. What I am doing is to ensure that in difficult times, the performance of the government is unaffected. “I thank the state government for supporting the federal government. We will try our best to help Sarawak reach its target to be a developed and successful state in 10 years’ time.

 “I am also confident in the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg that all this can be realised,” he said.

Government committed to vaccine rollout plan

KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin hopes the Covid-19 vaccine registration process will be well-received by the people of Sarawak so that the state’s economic recovery can be expedited. “Now we are in the process of rolling out our...

Weekly vaccine shipment arrives

KUCHING: Sarawak has received its weekly vaccine shipment for the state’s Covid-19 immunisation programme, revealed Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian. “(We have received) another air shipment of vaccines as part of the federal...

Sarawak aims to avoid emerging virus variants

KUCHING: Sarawak aims to beat emerging Covid-19 variants from other parts of the world through its prompt vaccine rollout. Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the state had targeted to complete its vaccination...

Border reopening possible

KUCHING: The current Covid-19 vaccine rollout allows for the possibility of borders to be reopened for travel between Malaysia and other neighbouring countries. Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this would ensure recovery of the...
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