Vaccine not ‘cure-all’ solution

Lau (left) and Dr Annuar witness the arrival of the vaccine in Sibu.

KUCHING: More time will be needed for the Covid-19 vaccine to take effect through herd immunity, said Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew.

He described the arrival of the vaccine in Sibu as a historic achievement in the fight against the pandemic in the district.

“It’s just over a year since the first Covid-19 case hit Sibu and now there is a vaccine. The speed at which the scientific world can come up with a cure is amazing.

“This is as well as the world economic system and infrastructure which can deliver the vaccine around the world in just a short span of time.

“But this is not the cure-all solution. It will take time for the herd immunity to build up and for the virus to become endemic like a common flu,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Sibu became a Covid-19 hotbed starting this year following a super spreader event at a longhouse in Pasai Siong, which to date, had contributed high daily cases in the district.

Earlier, Education, Science and Technological Research Assistant Minister Dr Annuar Rapaee said a total of 3,576 doses of the vaccine would be administered to frontliners in Sibu.

The state’s vaccination programme will kick off today with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg  receiving the first jab.

Deputy Chief Minister and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas on Wednesday said the authorities would ensure the vaccine could reach the people in the interior areas of the state.

“The process is very tedious. It requires a lot of planning, manpower and materials. Our chief minister has approved RM30 million for the logistics arrangement in Sarawak because as you know, the vaccine has to be sent far into the interior.

“We hope with the experience that SDMC has in managing crises and disasters all this while, it will be able to face these challenges. This is one of the greatest exercises to be undertaken by SDMC,” he said.