Chinese federation man calls for shipment to approve Sinovac recall
KUCHING (November 7): Malaysia’s Ministry of Health and Drug Control Authority (DCA) are expected to consider speeding up conditional approval of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine for use as booster shots.
The treasurer of the Chinese associations (youth section) of the Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions, Aaron Tay Kok Tung, hailed Sarawak as the first state to administer the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine – an exercise that has started on October 13, giving priority to doctors and doctors. frontliners, as well as those over the age of 60.
“Sarawak has actively implemented the booster dose program where some of the under 60s received their third dose appointments.
“However, there are those who were inoculated with the Sinovac vaccines for their first two doses, who are reluctant to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as a booster dose, as part of the ‘mix-and-match’ approach. “
“They prefer to postpone their vaccination appointment until the government has approved the use of Sinovac as a booster injection,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Tay said that Pharmaniaga Bhd recently offered the Sinovac vaccines to the Ministry of Health to welcome those who prefer to take this brand as a booster vaccine.
Therefore, he said the ministry should look into the matter seriously and then speed up the approval process.
He said Local Government and State Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian through his social media post said that Sarawak currently has 140 000 doses of Sinovac vaccine available in a refrigerated warehouse.
“These vaccines could be used as booster shots once approved for use,” Tay said.
He stressed the need to ensure more people receive the booster dose to help curb the spread of Covid-19 and reduce the number of deaths from the virus, especially with the announcement of the elections in the state of Sarawak at any time. soon.
“We want to ensure the health and safety of everyone, especially voters.
“To date, some countries like China, Turkey, Chile, Indonesia and Cambodia have approved the use of Sinovac as a booster vaccine, proving that it is safe,” Tay added.