Look for other vaccines to speed up immunisation drive, says NGO


KUALA LUMPUR: Authorities should source vaccines other than Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca to speed up the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, says Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

The Alliance for Safe Community chairman said progress of the programme so far had been good but “we can, and must, make it even better”.

“To be able to do that, we should source more vaccine manufacturers. Public response to the vaccination has been very encouraging so far,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 19).

“This is a good sign, because it shows that the majority are not discouraged by the negativity on social media and circulated by word of mouth.

“They are giving their support to achieve herd immunity,” he said.

Lee said it would also be a good idea to allow individual states to buy vaccines, subject to approval from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority.

“The same goes for private hospitals.

“This is the time to have all hands on deck.

“So far, just over 1.2 million have received their first dose and an additional 760,000 have completed their second dose. We still have a long way to go.

“We must be aware that the worst is yet to come. It has been estimated that the number of daily cases will top 8,000 before we can regain lost ground in this fight against a common and invisible enemy.

“We cannot let our guard down. We cannot and should not have double standards in the application of the rules and regulations that have been put in place to fight this deadly disease,” he said.

Everyone is subject to the same risks irrespective of who they are, he added.

“The virus does not respect race, religion, gender, locality, persuasion or station in life.

“We are all equally vulnerable, and so we are all equally responsible to keep one another safe,” he said.

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