Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin to launch Covid-19 vaccination manual on Tuesday, Southeast Asia News

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR / ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Malaysia will launch a Covid-19 vaccination manual on Tuesday, February 16, containing guidelines on the national vaccine supply strategy, as well as on implementation and compliance immunization program, the government said on Monday. .

The manual on the national Covid-19 vaccination plan will be unveiled by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at 9:30 a.m., announced the Special Committee on Guaranteeing Access to the Covid-19 Vaccine Supply on Twitter.

The committee also urged Malaysians to register for the vaccination program through the MySejahtera mobile app.

Last Friday, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin, confirmed that Tan Sri Muhyiddin will be the first person in the country to receive the vaccine to boost public confidence in its safety.

He also urged Malaysians to support the national Covid-19 vaccination program, which will start at the end of this month, to help the economy recover.

On Sunday, Mr Khairy assured the Covid-19 vaccine is safe and has been tested on tens of thousands of recipients before being approved, and urged Malaysians not to listen to conspiracy theories.

“Millions of people around the world are starting to receive their injections. There is no evidence that these vaccines are harmful to their life or health.

“This vaccine will not change the recipient’s DNA.

“This vaccine does not contain microchips to resume our thinking,” he said in a statement. on its website. He also denied claims that vaccination was an “Illuminati program to establish a new world order.”

“This vaccine is produced by science. We have to trust science and not conspiracy theories in WhatsApp family groups or housing communities citing bogus sources. Science has to win,” he said.

Mr Khairy, who is also the coordinating minister for the Covid-19 vaccination, noted on his Twitter page that the vaccine will reduce the cases of Covid-19, the severity of cases and the deaths.

“When the infection decreases, more economic and social activities can be carried out without overly strict restrictions.

“The countries that launched the Covid-19 vaccination program have started to show a positive economic recovery,” he said, noting that the International Monetary Fund expected the global economy to grow. improves by 5.5% this year.

“The World Bank predicts that the Malaysian economy will grow 6.7% by 2021, but this depends on the effectiveness of the vaccination program, the country’s export position and the level of investment in Malaysia.” , he added.

Mr Khairy said the successful implementation of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Program is important to ensure that prediction is made and for more economic activity to resume.

The government has announced that the first phase of the vaccination program, involving 500,000 frontline medical and non-medical people, should be completed by April.

The second phase from April to August will target 9.4 million people in high-risk groups, including those aged 60 and over with medical conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. , and people with disabilities.

The third phase, which is expected to take place from May to February next year, will involve the rest of the population.

The country recorded 2,464 new cases on Sunday, the first time the number had fallen below 2,500 since January 11. The number of confirmed cases to date stood at 264,269.

Seven more people died from the virus on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 965, a fatality rate of 0.4%.