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Govt should not get caught up in the geopolitics of vaccines

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ON July 9, 2021, National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was quoted to have criticised vaccine discrimination by the European Union and Saudi Arabia that only permit entry to travellers inoculated with western-made Covid-19 vaccines.

On July 16, 2021, the same Minister said the decision to stop administering the Sinovac vaccine under PICK is because its delivery has been completed and has nothing to do with the vaccine’s efficacy while adding that the government had decided to use the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for the immunisation programme starting next month. Meanwhile, the Sinovac stockpile would be reserved for those who are allergic to other vaccines.

The priority of the Malaysian government is to care for the lives of Malaysians. While it does that, it cannot disengage from the economic status of the country. Moving forward, countries like Malaysia have to thread…

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