KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia is looking at studies on the possibility of procuring vaccines for a possible third booster shot as protection against the latest Delta variants of COVID-19, Minister of Science and Technology Khairy Jamaluddin said on June 26.
Khairy, who heads the Special Committee on Ensuring Access to COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) said the committee is currently looking at data available to be studied in detail as developed nations are doing the same.
“We want to get better data on how long it lasts, at what point it wanes, and at what point you gave the vaccine for the third booster.
“The second thing to look at is the vaccine effectiveness against the Delta variant,” he said in a press conference at the Mitec vaccine distribution centre (PPV) on Saturday.
Khairy spent time at Mitec, observing the PPV who is opening its door this weekend for pregnant women who have been given priority under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).
He said that until June 25, 109,607 pregnant women have registered under the MySejahtera App.
Meanwhile, the ministry of health’s primer deputy director of family health development Dr Nazrila Hairizan Nasir who was also present at the visit said the expecting mothers will be given Pfizec vaccine as a priority except in cases where only other vaccines such as Sinovac and Astra Zeneca (AZ) are available.
“Current data and studies do not show such harmful effects as there is safety data and in all the benefits far outweighs the harm
“WHO reports that Sinovac has been allowed and AZ and there are studies that show it is good,” she said.
Source: Malay Mail