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Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin?

Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin?

Is the recent fall in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to the use of ivermectin?

Take a look at the new ivermectin claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Due To Ivermectin!

This message is being shared on WhatsApp by ivermectin proponents.

It claims that the drop in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta is due to the use of ivermectin.

WHAT HAS CHANGED ?

But over two weeks, Jakarta’s daily cases dropped from 14,619 on July 12 to 2,662 on July 25, according to city data, while pressure on Covid-19 referral hospitals has eased.

“The situation is very different,” Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan said in a video address yesterday.

“The hallways in front of emergency (hospital) units were always full…. Now they’re mostly empty,” he said.

They introduced Ivermectin!

 

NO EVIDENCE Drop In Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Was Due To Ivermectin

Ivermectin proponents are touting the drop in COVID-19 cases in Jakarta as a result of Indonesia introducing ivermectin to treat and prevent COVID-19.

That’s bullshit and I will show you why.

Don’t be misled by these fake messages on ivermectin. These people are antivaxxers who are trying to fool you into not vaccinating yourself against COVID-19.

Protect yourself and your family – get VACCINATED against COVID-19!

Fact #1 : No Evidence Drop Was Due To Ivermectin

It’s easy for an unnamed person to simply say that the drop in new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta must be due to the introduction of ivermectin. Where’s the evidence?

There is NO EVIDENCE that the drop in new COVID-19 cases was due to ivermectin.

It is far more likely due to emergency measures that Indonesia initiated like travel and business restrictions on red zones, including Jakarta.

There is also evidence (see Fact #5) that the high vaccination rate in Jakarta could be the reason.

Fact #2 : Cases Are Not Falling Across Indonesia

Even as the number of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta has fallen, they are not falling across the rest of Indonesia.

That’s why ivermectin proponents are specifically pointing out Jakarta. It’s the only city in Indonesia where new cases are falling.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Was Illegally Sold Since 2020

Ever since the Australian lab study suggested in April 2020 that ivermectin could work against COVID-19, people in Indonesia have illegally imported and sold ivermectin.

That was further spurred by Harsen Laboratories’ handing out of ivermectin (for free) to use against COVID-19 in 2020.

But that did not stop Indonesia from detecting 4,000 to 14,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day since September 2020.

Fact #4 : Official Sale Of Ivermectin Did Not Help

In June 2021, both Harsen Laboratories and Indofarma were given licences to distribute ivermectin as a parasitic drug, basically legalising its sale in Indonesia.

That, however, did not stop the massive surge in COVID-19 that kicked off in middle of May 2021.

It was only 16 July 2021 – 2 months later – that Jakarta started seeing a drop in new COVID-19 cases.

Isn’t it odd that Indonesia continues to register over 40,000 new cases EVERY DAY, even with the legalised use of ivermectin?

Fact #5 : Jakarta Has Highest Vaccination Rate

A likely big factor in cutting down the number of new COVID-19 cases in Jakarta would be the surge in vaccinations.

Jakarta had already vaccinated the 3 million priority recipients by June 2021, with the aim to vaccinate its remaining 4.5 million residents by August 2021.

That would mean that approximately half of the Jakarta population were vaccinated by the time the number of new cases started to fall.

The much slower vaccination rate across the rest of Indonesia would also explain the high number of new cases per day outside of Jakarta.

Fact #6 : Ivermectin Hasn’t Helped Other Countries

It is also instructive to note that ivermectin has NOT helped other countries control COVID-19.

Ivermectin proponents have claimed that these countries have successfully used it to prevent and treat COVID-19.

Does it really look like they successfully handled COVID-19?

Bet they also didn’t mention that India stopped using ivermectin, because it was … well, useless.

Read more : MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks?

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but has NOT been shown to improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

So please stop obsessing over ivermectin, and get VACCINATED against COVID-19!

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

 

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Can Raw Chicken Infect You With COVID-19?

Can raw chicken infect you with COVID-19, if they were handled by infected workers?

Find out what keeps going viral, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Raw Chicken Can Infect You With COVID-19!

There have been warnings about the dangers of raw meat contaminated by workers infected with COVID-19.

These warnings are usually tied to claims of a factory being closed over COVID-19 exposure, or multiple COVID-19 cases.

Here is a new example :

31 people in the chicken factory in Menglembu Industrial Zone were infected, and many chickens with the virus have been sold to the whole Ipoh market.

Tell your family not to buy chicken recently, it is safer to go to the market less

 

Can Raw Chicken Infect You With COVID-19? Plausible But Not Probable

Now, I cannot confirm whether a chicken factory in Menglembu had a cluster of 31 workers infected with COVID-19. There is currently no news report of such an incident.

So let’s just consider the question question – can raw chicken infect you with COVID-19? Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Not Easy To Get Infected From Handling Food

Based on the fact that other coronaviruses and respiratory viruses can be transmitted through fomites – (contaminated objects), it is certainly plausible way to get infected handling such objects.

However, you cannot get infected just by touching them. You have to touch the contaminated objects and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes.

That is easily avoided by washing your hands before touching your face!

How often do you touch your face while handling raw chicken? Pretty sure no one wants to do that with their dirty hands!

Fact #2 : No Infected Cases From Handling Food

There was also consistent evidence that SARS-CoV-2 can persist on certain surfaces for days. That led to early recommendations for sanitisation of public spaces where known positive cases were present.

However, WHO points out there has been NO SPECIFIC REPORTS of anyone getting COVID-19 through fomite transmission.

The US CDC also has a specific page on the risk of getting infected by COVID-19 through contaminated food, where they concluded that as of 31 December 2020 :

  • Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.
  • Currently, no cases of COVID-19 have been identified where infection was thought to have occurred by touching food, food packaging, or shopping bags.
  • Although some people who work in food production and processing facilities have gotten COVID-19, there is no evidence of the virus spreading to consumers through the food or packaging that workers in these facilities may have handled.

Just make sure you WASH YOUR HANDS after handling raw chicken or other kinds of meat or produce, BEFORE touching your face!

I would also recommend wearing a face shield while handling raw meat or produce as it prevents you from accidentally touching your face.

Fact #3 : People FAR Riskier Than Contaminated Food

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets from infected human beings.

So you are FAR more likely to get infected by an infected person, than handling raw chicken or other meat contaminated by infected workers at the meat factory.

That is why it is very important to maintain COVID-19 precautions while you are out in public.

It doesn’t matter if you are shopping in an air-conditioned supermarket, or buying groceries in an open-air market.

Just make it a habit to maintain those COVID-19 precautions AT ALL TIMES, as you never know who is infected with COVID-19.

 

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Malaysia Extends COVID-19 Law + Fines To December 2021!

Malaysia just extended the law enforcing compliance with COVID-19 measures and fines for non-compliance to 31 December 2021!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Extends COVID-19 Law + Fines To December 2021!

On 21 July 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Dr. Adham Baba issued an extension to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020.

Gazetted on 22 July 2021, this order extends the powers conferred by Section 11 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342] from 2 August 2021 until 31 December 2021.

Here is the English version of that extension notice :

22 July 2021
P.U. (A) 313

PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES (DECLARATION OF INFECTED LOCAL AREAS) (EXTENSION OF OPERATION) (NO. 2) ORDER 2021

IN exercise of the powers conferred by section 11 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 [Act 342], the Minister makes the following order: 

Citation and commencement 

1. (1) This order may be cited as the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) (Extension of Operation) (No. 2) Order 2021. 

(2) This Order comes into operation on 2 August 2021. 

Extension of operation 

2. The operation of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020 [P.U. (A) 87/2020] which had been extended for the period from 1 April 2021 to 1 August 2021 by the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) (Extension of Operation) Order 2021 [P.U. (A) 148/2021] is further extended for a period from 2 August 2021 to 31 December 2021.

Made 21 July 2021 [KKM.600-29/4/146 Jld.2 (30); PN(PU2)470/Jld. 7]

DATO’ SRI DR. ADHAM BIN BABA
Minister of Health

 

No Changes To Current COVID-19 Law + Fines In Malaysia

The new order only extends the current COVID-19 law and fines to 31 December 2021.

There is no change to the law, or the fines announced previously, but let’s do a quick round-up of what was announced earlier.

On 25 February 2021, the Malaysian government introduced amendments to the law that increased fines for non-compliance with COVID-19 measures :

  • Individuals who commit an offence : Up to RM 10,000
  • Companies that commit an offence : Up to RM 50,000
  • Possible additional penalties : Up to 50,000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment
  • Offences, for which no penalty is expressly provided : Up to RM 100,000 and/or up to 7 years imprisonment

The Act was also amended to allow the government to order a person to wear a “tracing device”, also known as a tracking device.

These changes came into effect on 11 March 2021, and will continue to apply until 31 December 2021.

Read more : Malaysia Announces COVID-19 Fines Of RM10K ~ RM100K!
Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition
Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition

 

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Fact Check : Delta Variant Advice By Dr. MK Tan?

The Delta variant advice by Dr. MK Tan from the Tung Shin Hospital has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Have a listen, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Delta Variant Advice By Dr. MK Tan?

A voice message with advice on the Delta variant, attributed to Dr. MK Tan from the Tung Shin Hospital, has gone viral on WhatsApp.

Have a listen for yourself.

 

Fact Check : Delta Variant Advice By Dr. MK Tan?

I have no idea if it’s really Dr. MK Tan, or if there is such a doctor in the Tung Shin Hospital, and my Cantonese is horrible.

But I will go through a few of the claims in the voice message, and tell you what the facts really are…

Claim #1 : COVID-19 Spreads By Droplets
Verdict : True

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, whether it’s the original variant or one of the new variants, spreads primarily by droplets.

However, we now know that it can also spread by aerosol – ultra-fine particles that stay suspended in the air.

So SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – has some airborne transmission capability.

Claim #2 : COVID-19 Cannot Spread Through Monetary Notes
Verdict : Not Really True

Fomite transmission – getting infected through contaminated objects – is now considered to be low risk, but not improbable.

You will not get COVID-19 from touching contaminated monetary notes. However, you can get COVID-19 if you touch the contaminated notes and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

That’s why it is important to maintain hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap or a hand sanitiser before touching your face.

It also helps to wear a face shield, as it prevents you from touching your face.

Read more : Soap vs Sanitiser : Which Works Better Against COVID-19?
Read more : DIY Face Shield : An Easy Way To Make / Mass Produce!

Claim #3 : It Takes Longer To Confirm Delta Variant
Verdict : True

Current rt-PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 cannot differentiate the viral variants.

A whole-genome sequencing test, or a genotyping PCR test, is required to determine if the virus is of the original variant, or the Delta variant.

Read more : CDC To Withdraw EUA For COVID-19 Only RT-PCR Test

Claim #4 : Delta Variant Stays Airborne Outdoors For Six Hours
Verdict : False

I should point out that all SARS-CoV-2 variants, not just the Delta variant, have some airborne transmission capability.

One study showed that aerosolised SARS-CoV-2 virus can persist and remain infective in the air for up to 16 hours.

However, that was a lab study of aerosol suspended in an enclosed space, and should be considered as a “worst case scenario” and is not reflective of real world conditions.

There is no evidence that the Delta variant has better airborne transmission capability, or the ability to persist in the air outdoors for six hours.

What we know so far is that the Delta variant is more contagious, and is able to infect someone with just a few seconds of close contact!

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

Claim #5 : Delta Variant Makes It Dangerous To Exercise Outdoors
Verdict : False

It is true that the Delta variant is highly infectious, especially when people do not wear a face mask. However, the risk exists for ALL variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

However, the greatest risk comes from being in poorly ventilated indoor settings, where suspended aerosols can persist for minutes or even hours.

Exercising outdoors is relatively safe, because aerosols are quickly blown away.

While it is plausible to breathe in aerosols from someone passing by, or running ahead of you, they have to be pretty close.

In the recent Sydney case, a person was infected with the Delta variant by a stranger passing by within 10-15 cm.

Even though it was just a few seconds, that close distance put the victim within the infectious person’s “airspace”.

If you must exercise outdoors, you must maintain COVID-19 precautions as much as possible :

  • If it’s not possible to wear a face mask while exercising, try wearing a face shield
  • Put on your face mask before you “overtake” or “pass” someone else
  • Try to maintain a distance of 3-4 metres or more from other people while exercising.
  • If someone is approaching, try to move to the other side of the road.

Please DO NOT exercise in a group, even if you are from the same household. It puts you in legal jeopardy as it is against the SOP, and it may encourage others to do the same or worse – approach you to chit chat or exercise together!

Claim #6 : It Is Important To Maintain COVID-19 Precautions
Verdict : True

It is absolutely true that you should maintain COVID-19 precautions like :

  • wear a face mask
  • wear a face shield
  • maintain social distancing

The Delta variant is not only highly-infectious, it has partial resistance to vaccines and can cause breakthrough infections. So it is critical to maintain COVID-19 precautions even if you are fully vaccinated.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!
Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

Did the CDC just admit that the PCR test cannot differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

COVID-19 deniers and antivaxxers are claiming that the CDC has admitted that the current PCR test cannot differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza.

Their evidence? A screenshot of a CDC laboratory alert issued on 21 July 2021, stating that the CDC will withdraw the EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) for the COVID-19 RT-PCR test.

What is fuelling their claim is the part where the CDC asked laboratories to switch to other COVID-19 tests that can “facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses“.

COVID-19 deniers and antivaxxers are calling this a CDC admission that the current RT-PCR test cannot differentiate between the two viruses, and COVID-19 could really just be influenza.

It also doesn’t help that some mainstream media misunderstood what the CDC is saying.

Yahoo! News, for example, claimed “CDC urges labs to use COVID tests that can differentiate from flu“, which unfortunately suggests that the current RT-PCR test cannot different between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.

 

Truth : PCR Test Can Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza

The truth is using PCR to test for a single pathogen like the SARS-CoV-2 virus is incredibly wasteful.

In normal times, a patient’s sample would be tested against a panel of multiple respiratory illnesses, allowing a single PCR test to detect and differentiate for multiple viruses.

To speed things up during an emergency, the CDC applied for the Emergency Use Authorisation for their RT-PCR test that only detects SARS-CoV-2, which was introduced in February 2020.

The Emergency Use Authorisation is necessary to allow patients to be tested for a single infectious agent (the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in a given emergency (the COVID-19 pandemic).

To test for other pathogens, another PCR test would have to be performed, which wastes time and laboratory resources.

The FDA has since authorised multi-analyte panels for RT-PCR tests, which can test for multiple viruses at the same time. So it only makes sense for laboratories to start using them.

The CDC issued that laboratory alert to encourage laboratories to start using these multi-analyte panels, which would be useful in :

  • conserving resources and laboratory time : instead of requiring multiple tests, the sample can be tested once for multiple pathogens
  • helping doctors determine if the patient has COVID-19, or a similar respiratory viral illness, or both.

In particular, this would help doctors during the influenza season to quickly determine if the patient has COVID-19, or just influenza, or in rare cases – both of them at the same time!

COVID-19 deniers and antivaxxers will continue to push this lie, but the truth is – the PCR test can differentiate between COVID-19 and influenza virus.

 

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Ivermectin FAQ For Prevention / Treatment Of COVID-19?

People are sharing an FAQ on how to use ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Find out if this ivermectin FAQ is trustworthy!

 

Ivermectin FAQ For Prevention / Treatment Of COVID-19?

This is the Ivermectin FAQ for the Prevention / Prophylaxis of COVID-19 that is being shared on social media and WhatsApp.

It is a bit long and full of misleading links (which we removed), so skip to the next section for the FACTS.

Prevention/ Prophylaxis

Adults: ONE 12mg dose every WEEK after food.
Children > 6 years old, dose/weight (0.2 mg/kg per dose*). Eg 15kg=3mg dose

Treatment

Day 1, Day 2 Take TWICE a day. Day 3,4,5 Take Once a day. (Refer Table)

Adults Take 12mg Ivermectin per dose.
Children > 6 years old, dose/weight (0.2 mg/kg per dose*). Eg 15kg=3mg dose

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6-11 Day 12
Morning Morning Morning Morning Morning STOP Resume ONE cap
every week
Evening Evening

Consider also 6 in 1 booster capsule daily to boost body immunity & Health

 

Ivermectin FAQ For COVID-19 : A Recipe For Disaster!

Here is the truth – this ivermectin FAQ is a recipe for disaster, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : No One Knows Who Wrote It

Who came up with this ivermectin FAQ? It’s unsigned and unattributed to any health authority or person.

For certain, it was not written by any major health authority like the WHO, US CDC, US FDA, Public Health England, European Medicines Agency (EMA), TGA Australia, etc.

Would YOU risk your life, or the lives of your family, on the unsolicited advice of an unknown person shared on social media?

Fact #2 : Ivermectin Should Be Taken On Empty Stomach

Right off the bat, the FAQ is already wrong – ivermectin should be taken before food, not after food.

In fact, it’s best not to eat any food for two hours before or after taking ivermectin, for optimal absorption.

Can you trust “medical advice” that cannot even get this simple point correct?

Fact #3 : Protocol Different From Others

This ivermectin protocol is quite different from the one promoted by the loudest and largest pro-Ivermectin group out there – FLCCC.

It is even different from individual ivermectin protocols from pro-ivermectin doctors like Dr. Amir Farid.

Would YOU risk your life, or the lives of your family, on an ivermectin protocol that isn’t even the same as those promoted by ivermectin’s most vocal proponents?

At least if the FLCCC or Dr. Amir Farid’s Ivermectin protocol causes any health concerns, you know who to blame. Who should you blame for following this FAQ?

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Not Proven To Work Against COVID-19

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #5 : Ivermectin Protocol Not Based On Any Study

Medicine doses are calibrated for safety and efficacy though clinical studies.

Currently, no clinical studies have proven that ivermectin works against COVID-19, so we really don’t have any idea what dose or protocol actually works!

The ivermectin protocol in that FAQ is simply made up, with no basis in science. We don’t even know who made it up!

Would YOU risk your life, or the lives of your family, on an ivermectin protocol that has not been backed by any clinical study???

Fact #6 : You Can Get Reinfected Lifelong

The Ivermectin FAQ claims that you are at risk of reinfection by COVID-19 within the next one year. That’s categorically untrue.

Natural immunity to COVID-19 infections is spotty. Four large studies in the US, US and Denmark estimate that :

  • 80%-90% protection from reinfection up to 7 months
  • 50% protection from reinfection in people who are over 65 years old

As long as COVID-19 is prevalent, COVID-19 survivors will be at risk of reinfection. Not just within the next one year, but for as long as there is COVID-19.

That’s why it is recommended to get vaccinated after a COVID-19 infection.

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Not Recommended For Pregnant / Breastfeeding / Children

The ivermectin FAQ claims that ivermectin can be used “used safely in pregnant women, children, and infants“. That’s not true.

Ivermectin is a Pregnancy Category C drug, which has been shown to cause birth defects in mice, rates and rabbits.

Therefore, ivermectin should NOT be used during pregnancy, as its safety in human pregnancy has not been established.

Ivermectin is also excreted in human milk in low concentrations. Therefore, it should not be given to nursing mothers unless the risk of delaying treatment outweighs the possible risk to the newborn.

Finally, ivermectin has not been tested on paediatric patients younger than 6 years old, or weighing less than 15 kg. Therefore, it should NOT be used in children younger than 6 years of age, and certainly not be given to infants.

 

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CDC To Withdraw EUA For COVID-19 Only RT-PCR Test

Find out why the CDC is withdrawing their authorisation for the COVID-19 RT-PCR test, and what it means for testing COVID-19!

 

CDC To Withdraw EUA For COVID-19 Only RT-PCR Test

On 21 July 2021, the US CDC (Centers for Disease Control) announced that they would be withdrawing the Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for their COVID-19 only diagnostic panel after 31 December 2021.

From 1 January 2022 onwards, laboratories in the United States will no longer be allowed to use the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, which was first introduced in February 2020.

This CDC announcement is meant to spur laboratories and testing sites to transition to “a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses“.

This would allow laboratories to test for both viruses at the same time, saving time and resources, especially when the influenza season begins.

 

Can Current RT-PCR Test Differentiate Between COVID-19 + Influenza?

At this point, I should take the opportunity to clarify this US CDC move, as it appears that even major news media do not quite understand what they meant.

Yahoo! News, for example, claimed “CDC urges labs to use COVID tests that can differentiate from flu“, which unfortunately suggests that the current RT-PCR test cannot different between SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses.

That’s why some people are claiming that the current PCR test is “fake” and “cannot differentiate” between COVID-19 and influenza, or that they are both the same virus.

Read more : PCR Test Cannot Differentiate COVID-19 vs. Influenza?

The current Emergency Use Authorisation was used to allow patients to be tested for a single infectious agent (the SARS-CoV-2 virus) in a given emergency (the COVID-19 pandemic).

But because the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and other respiratory viral illnesses are similar, the FDA has already authorised multi-analyte panels for RT-PCR tests.

These multi-analyte panels allow laboratories to test for, and differentiate, the genetic data of MULTIPLE pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As you can tell, these multi-analyte panels will be very useful in :

  • conserving resources and laboratory time : instead of requiring multiple tests, the sample can be tested once for multiple pathogens
  • helping doctors determine if the patient has COVID-19, or a similar respiratory viral illness, or both.

Now that there are approved multi-analyte panels, there is simply no reason to stick with a single COVID-19 only panel for the RT-PCR test.

 

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Should You Accept Prefilled Vaccine Syringes?

Are prefilled vaccine syringes safe, or should people demand that they be filled on the spot?

Find out if you should be worried about prefilled vaccine syringes!

 

Prefilled Vaccine Syringes : What’s The Deal?

Over the last few weeks, there have been reports of vaccine underdose or even empty vaccinations!

Some may be misunderstandings (reading LDV syringes wrongly, for example) or even fake news, several have been confirmed to be true.

That has led many people to snub prefilled vaccine syringes, even insisting that doctors fill a new syringe directly from the vaccine vial in front of them.

Recommended : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

Why Do They Use Prefilled Vaccine Syringes?

First, let us understand why vaccination centres are now using prefilled vaccine syringes.

Prefilling vaccine syringes is actually a rather common practice these days all over the world, because :

  • it allows for faster and safer vaccinations
  • it allows for an extra dose to be extracted from each vial
  • it reduces mistakes

Faster + Safer Vaccinations

The process of preparing a syringe takes time, and must be done carefully, to avoid wastage and needle stick injury.

Prefilled vaccine syringes allow the vaccination staff to quickly administer the dose, without wastage and lower risk of needle stick injury.

Allows For Extra Doses

Every vial of vaccine contains a little extra vaccine to account for wastage during extraction and injection.

By using low dead volume (LDV) syringes and careful extraction, vaccination centres can extract an extra dose from every vial.

The Pfizer vaccine vial, for example, officially contains five doses. But careful extraction and injection using an LDV syringe allows health authorities to get six shots from each vial.

Reduces Mistakes

Some vaccines requires careful preparation before the doses can be extracted. Prefilled vaccine syringes reduces mistakes that can happen during this process.

The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, for example, requires careful dilution and cannot be shaken. So it makes sense for the vaccines to be diluted and prepared by a dedicated team.

On 9 May 2021, a lady in Italy accidentally received all six doses of the Pfizer vaccine after the nurse mistakenly gave her an undiluted dose.

Such mistakes can be avoided if overworked vaccination staff are not required to prepare the vaccine, extract it and administer it.

 

Should You Accept Prefilled Vaccine Syringes?

YES! You should DEFINITELY accept prefilled vaccine syringes.

Prefilled vaccine syringes are perfectly normal. They are not a sign of fraud.

Just make sure you check the volume inside the syringe before injection, and make sure it’s completely empty after injection.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

The fear that you may receive a fake COVID-19 vaccination is real, but it is POINTLESS to insist that the doctor or nurse extract the dose from the vial in front of you.

Not only does it complicate their job, it doesn’t prevent fraud at all.

If an unscrupulous vaccinator wishes to give you a fake injection, he/she can easily extract the dose from a vial filled with saline, and you will be none the wiser.

And please know that you have the right to record a video of your vaccination process.

Read more : You Can Now Record Video Of Your COVID-19 Vaccination!

 

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Did US Supreme Court Overturn Universal Vaccination?

Did the US Supreme Court overturn universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine is not really a vaccine?

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

US Supreme Court Overturned Universal Vaccination?

A long essay about a recent US Supreme Court decision is being shared on WhatsApp and websites, claiming that the US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination because the COVID-19 vaccine isn’t really a vaccine at all.

Allegedly, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a group of scientists filed a lawsuit against Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma, and they won!

It is a long essay, so if you just want the facts, please skip right to the next section.

A BIG VICTORY FOR FREEDOM IN THE UNITED STATES.

* The Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination. *

* – US infectious disease specialist Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci, and Big Pharma * lost a US Supreme Court case, failing to prove all of their vaccines over the past 32 years were safe for the health of citizens!

The lawsuit was filed by a group of scientists led by * Senator Kennedy *.

– Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: * “The new COVID vaccine must be avoided at all costs. I urgently draw your attention to important issues related to the next vaccination against Covid-19.

For the first time in the history of vaccination, the so-called latest-generation mRNA vaccines directly interfere with the genetic material of the patient and therefore alter the individual genetic material, which is genetic manipulation, which was already prohibited and was previously considered to be a crime.*

 

No, US Supreme Court Did Not Overturn Universal Vaccination!

The entire essay is a rambling pile of nonsensical lies about vaccination, and the mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.

Let’s break down the individual claims, and tell you what the FACTS really are :

Claim : US Supreme Court overturned universal vaccination
Verdict : False

This claim is completely false, because the United States has never mandated universal vaccination in the first place! Therefore, there is nothing for the Supreme Court to overturn.

The government continues to have broad authority to make a vaccine mandatory during a public health crisis, as decided by the Supreme Court in their 1905 decision in Jacobson v. Massachusetts.

In 1922, the Supreme Court “settled that it is within the police power of a state to provide for compulsory vaccination” in their unanimous Zucht v. King decision.

However, compulsory vaccination is quite different from universal vaccination.

Claim : Bill Gates Is An Infectious Disease Expert
Verdict : False

Bill Gates is not an infectious disease expert. The writer may have confused Bill Gates with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Not sure how that’s possible since they don’t even look alike! Other than they are both white men, and wear glasses?

In fact, Dr. Francis Collins actually looks like a mix of Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci in this picture!

Bill Gates, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 2016, Photo Credit : Bill Branson

Claim : Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci + Big Pharma Lost A Supreme Court Case
Verdict : False

Bill Gates, Dr. Fauci and Big Pharma were never part of any US Supreme Court case.

The new, ultra-conservative US Supreme Court did deal public health advocates a blow in 2020, when they ruled against the State of New York in Roman Catholic Diocese Of Brooklyn, New York v. Andrew M. Cuomo.

But that Supreme Court case had nothing to do with pharmaceutical companies, Bill Gates or even Dr. Fauci.

In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the State of New York cannot bar people from gathering in churches and synagogues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a ruling against New York’s lockdown measures, not vaccines.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Is A Senator
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not, and has never been, a US Senator.

The writer probably confused him with his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

Claim : Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Filed Supreme Court Lawsuit 
Verdict : False

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. never filed any lawsuit that was brought before the US Supreme Court.

In July 2019, he filed a lawsuit against the state of New York, to overturn a new state law that bars parents from refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds.

His family actually spoke out AGAINST him, calling him “an outlier in the Kennedy family“, and pointing out that his uncle President John F. Kennedy and his father, Robert F. Kennedy, both promoted vaccinations to stamp out preventable diseases.

He lost that lawsuit on 9 December 2019, after the New York state law was ruled constitutional.

That lawsuit was over the measles outbreak, and happened before the world first became aware of COVID-19 on 31 December 2019.

So it had NOTHING to do with COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccines.

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Changes Our Genes
Verdict : False

It is physically impossible for vaccine mRNA to penetrate the cell nucleus, so it cannot possibly change the cell’s DNA.

The mRNA is also automatically destroyed by the cell, after use. Therefore, it can only exist for a short period of time.

Vaccines based on the viral vector technology are the ones that enter the cell nucleus, but even that only affects a small number of cells, and does not become part of our DNA.

Vaccines do NOT integrate with our DNA. Vaccines will NOT turn us into GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

Claim : mRNA Vaccine Is Not A Vaccine
Verdict : False

A vaccine is simply any biological preparation that gives your body an active, acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease.

The mRNA vaccine is a vaccine, even though it does not use the dead or attenuated virus to provide the protection.

It works quite similarly to a viral vector vaccine, in that they both use our cells to create the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to trigger our body’s immune system.

Read more : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Claim : Vaccinated People Cannot Use Other Treatments
Verdict : False

First of all, COVID-19 has no treatment or cure, as of 24 July 2021.

That’s why the vaccines are so important – they prevent COVID-19, so you wouldn’t need any treatment!

But even if you are infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you can still receive treatment for it. Vaccines do not prevent other treatments from working.

More importantly, COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent death and hospitalisation.

That is likely why all nine justices on the US Supreme Court were fully vaccinated by 5 May 2021, as confirmed by Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Claim : COVID-19 Can Be Cured By Removing Toxins
Verdict : False

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a novel coronavirus – a new virus that has never been encountered before.

COVID-19 is NOT caused by accumulation of toxins in your body, because it would have existed long before 2020 if toxins were the cause.

More importantly, removing toxins from your body (which your liver and kidneys do every single day!) will NOT cure or prevent COVID-19.

 

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Fact Check : COVID-19 Vaccination ID Card For Malaysia!

Is Malaysia going to issue a physical vaccination ID card for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccination ID Card For Malaysia

A video has been circulating on social media and WhatsApp, claiming to show physical COVID-19 vaccination ID cards that will be issued to those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The video shows that your vaccination certificate is printed on one side, with the type of vaccine you received will be printed on the reverse side.

 

JKJAV : No COVID-19 Vaccination ID Card For Malaysia!

The COVID-19 vaccination ID card in the video looks really cool, but it is NOT genuine.

There is NO official physical COVID-19 vaccination card in Malaysia!

On 23 July 2021, JKJAV – the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply – announced that :

  • there is no physical vaccination certificate, and
  • there is only the digital vaccination certificate in MySejahtera and a simple vaccination card.

Back in March 2021, Malaysia Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba showed off the My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge.

However, the My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge appears to be shelved. Besides, it looks completely different from the vaccination ID card in the video.

Read more : First Look At My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge!

It is possible that the video was recorded by a private company offering their card printing service to people who want to print a physical copy of their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

However, we do NOT recommend that as the digital COVID-19 certificate contains personal data that you may not want people to have access to.

  • your full name
  • your MyKad / passport number
  • a QR code which currently has placeholder data (Scan Sample QR code), but could later be filled with sensitive information

In its digital form, it is protected by your smartphone’s encryption – you need to log in to access the digital certificate. Once printed out, that protection is lost.

Just in case you are worried about “losing” the certificate, JKJAV says that you will soon be able to print a physical copy of the digital certificate for safekeeping.

If you just can’t wait, here is a simple solution – take a screenshot of the digital certificate.

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination For Children Postponed For Now!

CITF just announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children will be POSTPONED until a later time.

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : One Vaccine Approved!

On 15 June 2021, Malaysia approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for children of 12 to 17 years in age.

CITF also opened up registration of children for COVID-19 vaccination through MySejahtera and the Vaksin COVID website.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children Postponed For Now!

On 22 July 2021, CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) announced that COVID-19 vaccination for children will be postponed for the time being.

This includes SPM candidates (and is meant to) prevent any risk of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) as reported by teenagers in the United States who have received their second dose of Covid-19 vaccines.

The government will only administer the Pfizer vaccine to adolescents with certain underlying health conditions, like cancer, chronic lung disease and co-morbidities like diabetes.

The Malaysia Health Ministry is finalising clinical guidelines for children and teenagers with such pre-existing conditions, as they are at higher risk of hospitalisation or death if they contract COVID-19.

Children of between 12 and 17 years of age can still register for vaccination, but no vaccine appointment will be given out.

Teenagers who are 18 years of age by 31 December 2021 will continue to receive their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination For Children : Risk Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Unfortunately, both Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines are now known to cause cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in teenagers.

  • myocarditis : inflammation of the heart muscle
  • pericarditis : inflammation of the outer lining of the heart

These cases are rare – just 1,148 cases were reported in the United States (as of 19 July 2021) amongst people 30 years old or younger, of which 674 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis were confirmed.

That was after over 20 million Pfizer COMIRNATY doses were given to adolescents and young adults. So the risk of developing myocarditis / pericarditis is approximately :

  • 6 cases for every 100,000 doses.
  • 1 case for every 17,400 doses

The confirmed cases in the United States have occurred :

  • mostly in male adolescents and young adults age 16 years of older
  • more often after getting the second dose
  • typically occurs within a few days after receiving the vaccine

People who develop myocarditis or pericarditis will experience symptoms like :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

 

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“You Wanna Kena Whacked?” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The maskless bully who threatened to “whack” people who asked him to put on a face mask will be charged in court!

Take a look at the two viral videos, and find out why this Covidiot will soon be charged in court!

 

Maskless Bully : “You Wanna Kena Whacked?”

In this viral video, a maskless bully wanted to buy food at this roadside stall, but became aggressive when confronted for not wearing his face mask.

He started cursing and threatening not just the stall owners, but also another customer in the video, “You wanna kena whacked?

The video naturally went viral on social media, and netizens soon identified him as Shyamalan Jaganathan, a 33-year old licensing consultant who once worked for the Echez Group.

Echez Group has since announced that Shyamalan has not worked with them since 2018, stating :

We want to express to you that this person does not work with us since 2018 and does not represent the values and principles of our company.

We have already taken the necessary measures so that he can no longer use our name in social networks.

Echez Group respects and promotes among its employees, collaborators, and associates the application of the Biosafety protocols required in each geography where we have presence.

When his MyKad and His LinkedIn profile became public, Shyamalan quickly deleted his LinkedIn account.

Unfortunately, that didn’t stop netizens from coming across and sharing a video of a previous encounter in which he was abusive to another gym user.

 

“You Wanna Kena Whacked” Maskless Bully To Be Charged!

The incident happened at Jalan Desa Bakti in Kuala Lumpur, at around 10:30 AM on 19 July 2021.

The stall owner’s daughter lodged a police report against Shyamalan a few hours after the incident.

The Brickfields police announced that they were investigating the matter under :

  • Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation
  • Regulation 17(1) of the Prevent and Control of Infectious Disease Regulations 2021 for breaking the Phase 1 SOP (not wearing a face mask)

On 20 July 2021, Deputy Brickfields OCPD Superintendent Basri Sagoni confirmed that they arrested Shyamalan near his house in Taman Desa Bakti at 8 PM last night.

On 21 July 2021, Brickfields District Police Chief Assistant Commissioner Anuar Omar said that the police obtained a one-day remand extension, and he will be charged tomorrow (22 July 2021) for criminal intimidation and not following the COVID-19 SOP.

He could receive up to two years of prison and/or a fine for criminal intimidation, as well as a compound for violating the SOP.

 

Maskless Bully : Why He’s A Danger To Society

Shyalaman is just one of the few but very vocal people who refuse to abide by COVID-19 precautions, in particular – wearing a face mask in public.

If he has COVID-19, he can easily spread it to other people simply by standing next to them. When he walked up to the man in the video, he was more than just physically threatening the other customer.

This is a real concern as the Delta variant of COVID-19 is capable of infecting people in 5 to 15 seconds, if you do not wear a face mask.

That is why it is critical that everyone must wear a face mask in public, preferably double-masked, and put on a face shield or some kind of eyewear if possible.

You should maintain a physical distance of 2-3 metres from other people if you can. Please don’t be a Covidiot like Shyamalan.

And definitely GET VACCINATED against COVID-19.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

 

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NRP Phase 1 : Cycling + Individual Sports Now Allowed!

Cycling and individual sports are now allowed in areas under Phase 1 of the Malaysia National Recovery Plan!

Here is what you need to know!

 

NRP Phase 1 : Cycling + Individual Sports Now Allowed!

On 19 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that cycling and individual sports are now allowed in areas under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan.

From 20 July 2021 onwards, individual exercise without physical contact in open spaces is allowed, LIMITED to :

  • jogging
  • cycling
  • individual games
  • individual exercise

In addition, people must maintain physical distancing of 2-3 metres, and exercise only within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM.

 

NRP Phase 1 : Group Sports Allowed (Not Cycling!)

While cycling is now allowed in Phase 1 areas, you are only allowed to cycle individually. Cycling in groups is not permitted, even though these other group sports are allowed :

  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.

 

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National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) for Malaysia!

Please SHARE this out, so your friends are updated on the latest Phase 1 SOP as well!

For Phase 2 SOP, please see National Recovery Phase 2 SOP : 19 July 2021 Edition!

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 16 July 2021 Video!

This video shows the latest National Recovery Plan SOP slides (16 July 2021) for Phase 1, followed by our English translation.

This Phase 1 SOP currently applies to all states in Malaysia, except Penang, SabahKelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, and Perlis.

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 19 July 2021 Update!

This is the new National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP that was posted on 19 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN (based on district borders determined by state governments)
  • All entry and exit into MCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • Only two (2) household representatives may leave to purchase food, medicine, dietary supplement and basic necessities within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care, screening test, vaccination, security or emergencies within a radius of 10 kilometres or to the nearest provider.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver, and the passenger must sit in the back.
  • Vehicles carrying goods or involved in the economic chain or industry (except worker transportation) is allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Official and government vehicles are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistic sector are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours. Updated!
  • Unloading of non-essential goods in factories is limited to delivery and receipt of goods or cargo in existing stockpiles for the purpose of import and export only with limited workers. Unloading time is only allowed from 8 AM until 8 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Unloading of essential goods is not subject to these restrictions and can proceed as usual.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Travel for funerals and natural disasters are ALLOWED, with police permission.
  • Disaster or humanitarian aid from NGO must obtain permission from the state or district Disaster Management Committee, and the aid must be channelled through the Disaster Operational Control Centre (PKOB) of the affected area.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Members of Parliament or State Legislators are ALLOWED to travel interstate or inter-district to visit their constituencies without conducting any events.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel is FORBIDDEN for husbands and wives in long-distance relationships.
  • Travel for Short Term Business Visitors under the One Stop Centre (OSC) initiative for official or business purposes are ALLOWED with police permission.

General Health Protocol

  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 metre entering or leaving their premises.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • Licence holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • Children 12 years or younger are NOT allowed in public places and facilities, EXCEPT in emergencies, treatment, education or exercise.
  • Premise owners and business licence holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 metre physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good ventilation and aeration at the premise.
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations :
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

Civil Service

  • Must work from home (WFH) completely, except for frontliners, security, defence and enforcement.
  • Office attendance for essential services in the civil service must not exceed 40% at any one time, and must emphasise work that cannot be performed at home, like payment, maintenance, security, technical management, online meetings and ministerial documentation. Updated!
  • Government counter service will operate physically from 1 July 2021 onwards, involving :
    – services that cannot be conducted online
    – counter service capacity must not exceed 50%
    – people are only allowed to be admitted with scheduled appointments
  • Civil servants going to office must receive official attendance order and worker’s pass.

Private Sector

  • Approved essential services in the private sector must have official approval from 1 June 2021 onwards.
  • Employee travel is limited to approved operations letter or worker’s pass or employer’s letter of authority.
  • Employee capacity for the private sector (essential services only) is limited to 60%, including both operations and management.
  • Accounting services are ALLOWED to operate at 60% capacity. New!

MICE

  • Meetings must be conducted via video conferencing.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks are FORBIDDEN, except in-service training through Camp-Based Training.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training and talks conducted online are ALLOWED.

Education

  • All public and private institutes of tertiary education, tahfiz centres and other educational institutes must CLOSE.
  • Tertiary education will continue ONLINE.
  • All public and private schools and education institutes, tuition centres, language centres, skill centres, counselling centres, etc. must CLOSE.
  • Only international exams at international and expatriate schools are allowed.
  • All face-to-face learning are FORBIDDEN, except for tertiary education students who require them.
  • International and professional exams, as well as research activities requiring lab access in tertiary education facilities are ALLOWED.
  • Students in boarding schools or universities are ALLOWED to continue using hybrid studies.
  • Private and public kindergartens, kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools and mind development centres for children 4 to 6 years old are NOT ALLOWED to operate, unless both parents are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Home care or rehabilitation centres of children, the disabled (OKU), senior citizens, women and other care facilities are ALLOWED to operate, subject to the SOP.

Religion

  • Prayer activities are limited to a maximum of 12 mosque and surau committee members only. All other activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Islamic wedding ceremony (akad nikah) is ALLOWED only in the Islamic Religious Office / Department with the attendance capacity set by the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Muslim houses of worship are limited to 12 committee members only, and congregants are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Non-Muslim marriage registrations are allowed at the National Registration Department (JPN), houses of worship and religious associations, subject to limits set by JPN.
  • Burial activities are allowed according to limits set by the State Religion Authority (Islam) or the National Unity Ministry (Non-Muslim).

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, food shops, food stalls, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, hawker centres. food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 10 PM for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services, and picnics are FORBIDDEN.
  • Grocers and convenience stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hardware stores, vehicle workshops, childcare stores and religious stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Healthcare services like hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate 24 hours, or up to their licensed operating hours.
  • Pharmacies can operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations can operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.

  • Supermarkets, shopping malls, pharmacies, personal care stores, convenience stores, mini markets and departmental stores can only open sections limited to food, drinks and essential items, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Pharmacies, self care, convenience stores and mini marts are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Veterinarian clinics and pet food stores are ALLOWED to open from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Laundry services and optical stores are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM. Self-service laundromats must ensure an employee is present on-premise.
  • Daily and public markets are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision. Updated!
  • Controlled Fresh Produce Market (PST) are ALLOWED to open from 7 AM until 2 PM. Updated!
  • Permanent Farm Market (PTK), MyFarm Outlet (MFO) and Local Farmer’s Association Complex (PPK) are ALLOWED to open from 6 AM until 4 PM.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to open from 12:01 AM until 6 AM, and from 11 AM until 4 PM, subject to the local authorities, proper SOP and under RELA / PBT supervision.
  • Night markets, farmer’s market, weekly markets and guest markets are FORBIDDEN
  • Fishing for livelihood is ALLOWED.
  • All other activities not mentioned in the SOP are FORBIDDEN.

Sports + Recreation

  • Individual sports and recreational activities without physical contact in open spaces are LIMITED to jogging, cycling, individual games and exercise with physical distancing of 2-3 metres within the neighbourhood, from 7 AM until 8 PM. Updated!
  • Centralised training programs, including closed quarantined competitions using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs with quarantine by State Sports Councils using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Centralised training programs including quarantined training competitions for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) using Camp Based Training are ALLOWED.
  • Malaysian Football League matches are ALLOWED based on the closed Sports Bubble model, without spectators or supporters.

Creative Industry

  • Development and broadcasting of creative content through recording or live broadcasts include animation, filming, drama, promotions, sitcoms and the like, including dance, art activities theatre, musical arts, cultural and heritage performances as well as the music are FORBIDDEN, except for individual discussions and live-streaming.
  • Recording and live broadcasts of programmes to convey information (other than entertainment) like news, forum, interviews are ALLOWED.

Mining + Quarrying

  • Supply of minerals, rock material and cement only from existing stockpiles as well as transportation from the mine or quarry to the premise or site of major public infrastructure construction or building construction permitted by this SOP.
  • The operation of mines and quarries is ALLOWED with up to 60% worker capacity, subject to the Mining and Quarrying SOP. Updated!

 

NRP Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : Essential Services

Essential Services Allowed To Operate In Phase 1 Areas

  1. Food and beverages, including for animals
  2. Healthcare and medical services, including dietary supplements, veterinarian services, etc.
  3. Water supply
  4. Energy supply
  5. Security and safety, defence, emergency, social and humanitarian services
  6. Waste disposal and public sanitisation and sewerage
  7. Land, water and air transportation
  8. Port, shipyard, airport services and operations, including loading, unloading, cargo handling and piloting, storage or transportation of commodities
  9. Communications including media, telecommunications and Internet, post and courier, as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying information, news and the like.
  10. Banking, insurance, takaful and capital markets (60% capacity)
  11. Community credit and pawn shops
  12. E-commerce and information technology
  13. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants
  14. Hotels and accommodation (only for quarantine purposes, segregation, employment for essential services and not for tourism).
  15. Critical construction, maintenance and repair
  16. Forestry services (limited to enforcement) and wildlife
  17. Legislative and judiciary.
  18. Lawyers and commissioners of oaths
  19. Logistics limited to delivery of essential services
  20. Accounting services New!

Essential Services According To Sector

All industries are FORBIDDEN, except for the following sectors :

Manufacturing (60% employee capacity)

  1. Aerospace (components and maintenance, repair and overhaul – MRO)
  2. Food and beverage
  3. Packaging and printing materials, only related to food and health
  4. Personal care and cleaning products
  5. Healthcare and medical medicine
  6. Personal care items, personal protective equipment (PPE), including rubber gloves and fire safety equipment
  7. Components for medical devices.
  8. Electrical and electronics of global economic chain importance
  9. Oil and gas, including petrochemicals and petrochemical products
  10. Machinery and equipment for health and food products
  11. Textiles for PPE production only
  12. Production, distillation, storage, supply and distribution of fuels and lubricants

Agriculture, Fisheries, Livestock, Plantation and Commodities (“optimal” employee capacity)

  1. Agriculture, fisheries and livestock and their supply chains – for example, shops selling fertilisers and pesticides, or oil palm fruit processing factories are allowed to operate
  2. Oil palm, rubber, pepper and cocoa plantation and commodities including their supply chains

Construction

  1. Critical maintenance and repair works
  2. Major public infrastructure and construction works
  3. Building construction works that provide complete employee accommodation at construction sites, or workers that are housed in Centralised Workers Quarters (CLQ).
  4. Construction works carried out by G1, G2, G3 and G4 contractors.

Trade + Distribution

  1. Shopping malls must be CLOSED, except for supermarkets, hypermarkets and departmental stores INCLUDING all listed essential services.
  2. Supermarkets and hypermarkets
  3. Departmental store, EXCEPT clothes, decorations, cosmetics and children toys
  4. Pharmacies, self-care stores, convenience stores and mini marts.
  5. Restaurants
  6. Laundry services, including self-service laundromats
  7. Pet care and pet food stores
  8. Eyewear and optical goods stores
  9. Hardware stores
  10. E-commerce – all product categories
  11. Wholesale and distribution – for all essential products only
  12. Vehicle workshops, maintenance and spare parts
  13. Other specialty retail store (petrol stations)
  14. Bookstores and stationery shops
  15. Computer shops and telecommunications

 

National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : NEGATIVE LIST

These activities are FORBIDDEN using the National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP.

  • Spa, reflexology, massage, wellness, beauty, barber and hair saloons, pedicure and manicure
  • Cybercafes and cybercenters
  • Driving schools, maritime training centres, flight schools
  • Photography activities
  • Gambling, horse racing and casinos
  • Factory manufacturing alcoholic beverages, and shops selling alcoholic beverages
  • Night clubs or pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Official and unofficial public and private events
  • Feasts, festivals, weddings, engagements, receptions, aqiqah ceremonies, tahlil, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, retreats and other social events.
  • Receiving guests or visitors at home, except in emergencies or for delivery services.
  • Seminars, workshops, courses, training, conferences, exhibitions, lectures and all MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) events that are face-to-face.
  • Tourist attractions like zoos, farms, aquariums, edutainment centres, extreme parks, adventure parks, nature parks, etc.

  • Souvenir and craft shops, culture and historical premises like museums, libraries, art galleries, native art and culture, stage performance, etc.
  • Theme parks, family entertainment centres, indoor playgrounds, karaoke, etc.
  • Interdistrict and interstate tourism
  • Overseas travel by citizens, and local travel involving foreigners entering Malaysia.
  • All sports and recreation activities EXCEPT those listed in this SOP.
  • All sports and recreation premises and facilities, except public parks which are subject to the local authorities.
  • Sports and recreation that involve groups or physical contact.
  • International or local championships, competitions, and matches, EXCEPT those organised by the National Sports Council and training matches for teams under the Malaysian Football League (MFL).
  • Sports or recreational activities that cross district and state lines, EXCEPT with police permission.
  • Hotel lounge performances
  • Indoor or outdoor busking (except in PPV – vaccination centres)
  • Any activity that involves many people gathering in one place until it is hard to maintain physical distancing, and compliance with the Director General of Health’s orders.
  • Any other matter that may be decided by the Government from time to time.

 

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Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody

Can the Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody really cure and prevent COVID-19?

Let’s take a look at his Ivermectin Triple Therapy, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

Thomas Borody : Ivermectin Therapy Can End Pandemic In 6-8 Weeks!

This message on Ivermectin Triple Therapy by Professor Thomas Borody is being circulated on WhatsApp.

It’s quite long, so just skip to the next section for the facts.


Latest fantastic news

Sharon Stambolieff

Fantastic news today worthy of celebration!

The Sydney outbreak could be under control much sooner with this treatment protocol. Get onto it peeps
Australian GPs Can Legally Prescribe Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol — Professor Thomas Borody.
By COVEXIT

The Centre for Digestive Diseases issued today a press release titled “Ivermectin Triple Therapy Protocol for COVID-19 Released to Australian GPs for Infected Elderly and Frontline Workers.”

As we previously covered, this early treatment protocol combines ivermectin with doxycycline and zinc.

“Triple therapy specialist Professor Thomas Borody, famous for curing peptic ulcers using a triple antibiotic therapy saving millions of lives, today released the COVID-19 treatment protocol to Australian GPs, who can legally prescribe it to their COVID-19 positive patients. They can also prescribe it as a preventative medication. Borody says this could be the fastest and safest way to end the pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.”

 

Fact Check : Ivermectin Triple Therapy By Professor Borody

Australian gastroenterologist, Thomas Borody, has been actively promoting his Ivermectin Triple Therapy to cure COVID-19.

Here are the FACTS about his Ivermectin Triple Therapy and the WhatsApp message above :

Fact #1 : That Was From 19 August 2020

While the message claims to be “Latest fantastic news”, it’s really OLD NEWS.

Professor Thomas Borody first released his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol on 19 August 2020.

Fact #2 : TGA Opened An Investigation Into His Claim

Right after Professor Borody issued that press statement, the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) opened an investigation, as it may potential breach the ban on advertising COVID-19 treatments.

In February 2021, the TGA ordered former Australian senator David Leyonhjelm to take down his tweet advertising ivermectin. As his case showed, the TGA forbids :

  • all advertising of therapeutic goods containing the active ingredient ivermectin
  • making claims or representations in advertisements for any therapeutic goods that those goods [ivermectin] have any effect on COVID-19 (including that said therapeutic goods are capable of preventing, treating or alleviating COVID-19).

Fact #3 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Still Not Approved

Almost a year after Professor Borody “released” his Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol, it is NOT approved for use against COVID-19, either as a treatment or prophylaxis.

The Australian Department of Health advised that (as of 1 June 2021), ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc should only be used in “properly conducted clinical trials with appropriate ethical approval”.

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Not Proven To Work

The Australian Department of Health also pointed out that Professor Borody’s Ivermectin Triple Therapy protocol has not been proven to be safe or effective against COVID-19.

There is currently insufficient evidence to support the safe and effective use of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc (either separately, or in combination) for the prevention or treatment of COVID-19.

More robust, well-designed clinical trials are needed before they could be considered an appropriate treatment option.

Fact #5 : Borody Was Working On Patented Ivermectin Triple Therapy

Back in August 2020, Professor Borody announced that he was involved in a Phase 2 study in the US to potentially develop the triple therapy as a single “blister pack” compliance product.

This appears to be a patented ivermectin triple therapy product by Topelia Therapeutics, with the study funded and run by ProgenaBiome.

Professor Borody has “corporate affiliation” to both ProgenaBiome LLC and Topelia Therapeutics.

Fact #6 : Borody Phase 2 Trial Stalled

Professor Borody’s Phase 2 study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT04482686) appears to have stalled.

Despite kicking off on 22 July 2020, it was still in the Recruiting stage, as of their last update – 14 May 2021, even though they were supposed to start the trial on 9 December 2020!

Fact #7 : Borody Switched To An Even Smaller Trial

After the Phase 2 trial stalled, Professor Borody moved to an even smaller trial, whose results were released on 7 July 2021 as a pre-print (not peer-reviewed).

The study reported “a highly effective ICT (Ivermectin Combination Therapy) which led to 100% survival and cure” in “moderately to severely ill COVID-19 patients with hypoxia”.

However, there are a few immediate concerns over that study :

  • It was a very small study, with just 24 participants – two of whom refused the treatment.
  • It was not a randomised controlled trial – the researchers picked who could participate
  • It was not a double-blinded trial, so patients knew they were receiving the ICT, not a placebo
  • The subjects were treated remotely, so compliance is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to self-monitor and self-record symptoms, and medical readings (EKG, blood pressure, temperature and SpO2), so accuracy of those data is uncertain.
  • The subjects were asked to perform their own swab tests for SARS-CoV-2, so test accuracy is uncertain.

Fact #8 : Australian GPs Always Had Right To Prescribe Off-Label

Professor Thomas Borody claimed that the release of his Ivermectin Triple Therapy allows Australian GPs to legally prescribe ivermectin. That’s not true.

Australian doctors have long had the ability to prescribe medicine off-label. As Richard Day in Australian Prescriber notes :

There is no legal impediment to prescribing off label, however the onus is on the prescriber to defend their prescription for an indication that is not listed in the product information.

Fact #9 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Australia Control Pandemic

When I watched the recent MAECC briefing, where they claimed ivermectin can end the COVID-19 pandemic in 6-8 weeks, I wondered how did they come to this conclusion?

I now realise that they plucked that claim from Professor Borody, who said on 19 August 2020 that ivermectin could end the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia within 6-8 weeks.

When Borody made that claim, Australia was already handling the pandemic very well though contact tracing, interstate border closures, travel bans as well as curfews and lockdowns.

They maintained a very low number of cases over the last 11 months, even without using his Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

Fact #10 : Ivermectin Did Not Help Other Countries Control COVID-19

To be fair to Professor Borody, Australians did not take up his Ivermectin Triple Therapy.

So let’s take a look at India and Peru where pro-Ivermectin proponents claim have successfully controlled COVID-19 with ivermectin.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Peru continues to suffer high numbers of COVID-19 cases over the last 18 months. Does it look like ivermectin is working for them???

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Fact #11 : Ivermectin Triple Therapy Fuelling Online Scams

Ivermectin and ivermectin protocols like I-MASK+ (from the FLCCC) and Borody’s own Ivermectin Triple Therapy, have NOT been proven to work against COVID-19.

Unfortunately, Professor Borody’s promotion of his ivermectin triple therapy protocol has allowed online scams to proliferate.

Case in point – the Ziverdo Kit online scam.

Made by Windlas Biotech in India, the Ziverdo Kit uses the same combination of ivermectin, doxycycline and zinc that Borody recommended.

Even though this combination only only US$2 per kit, scammers are selling at highly inflated prices to gullible people online.

Read more : Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!

 

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CITF : Walk-In Vaccination Details To Be Announced LATER!

CITF just issued a statement stating that the walk-in vaccination details will be announced LATER.

Here is what you need to know!

 

Fake News : You Can Walk In For Vaccination From 1 August Onwards!

There are at least three viral messages circulating on WhatsApp, claiming that you can walk in and get vaccinated at any vaccination centre (PPV) from 1 August 2021 onwards.

I fact-checked that in my article – Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards? earlier, so we know they are fake news.

 

CITF : Walk-In Vaccination Details To Be Announced LATER!

Unfortunately, many people refused to believe those messages are false, and continued to share the fake news.

This is partly because of this 8TV video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.

So on 19 July 2021, the Malaysia COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) issued a statement to clear the air. Here is a summary :

  1. The walk-in initiative is only for those who are left out and have not received their vaccine appointments by 1 August 2021.
  2. Individuals in KL and Selangor who have already registered will be given their appointments very soon.
  3. Individuals who have not registered are encouraged to registered as soon as possible.
  4. Details of this programme will be announced later, as not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be involved.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

 

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Malaysia : +3 Million Sinovac Doses, Private Sale Soon!

Malaysia purchased another 3 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and will make the CoronaVac available for private sale soon!

Here are the latest details!

 

Malaysia : +3 Million Sinovac Doses By End Of July!

On 16 July 2021, JKJAV announced that they will purchase 3 million more doses of the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac.

In total, Malaysia will receive 15 million doses of CoronaVac, all of which will be delivered by end of July 2021.

Although JKJAV did not mention why they purchased the additional 3 million doses, it appears to be meant for Operation Surge Capacity.

Astro Awani earlier tweeted (12:31 PM, 17 July 2021) that these 3 million doses will be exported overseas, but that has just been deleted – implying that it was not true.

 

Malaysia : Sinovac CoronaVac Available For Private Sale Soon

Ghows Azzam, Science Advisor to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, also announced that the CoronaVac vaccine will be made available to the private market in August 2021.

I should point out that this announcement has nothing to do with the 15 million doses of Sinovac vaccine purchased by JKJAV for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

It is likely that JKJAV will allow hospitals and clinics to purchase the CoronaVac vaccine from Pharmaniaga or Sinovac.

There has been NO OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT, so please stay tuned for more details…

 

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Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Can you walk in and get your COVID-19 vaccination at any vaccination centre in Malaysia from 1 August onwards?

Take a look at the viral messages, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia From 1 August Onwards?

Two messages have gone viral and are being shared on various WhatsApp groups.

They both claim that anyone who have not received their COVID-19 vaccine can walk in and get vaccinated at any PPV, from 1 August onwards.

Important information. Please share. From Aug 1 anyone who has not received their vaccine can walk into any PPVs for their vaccination

For those who has not gotten their Vac Appointment, for Sel/KL only. Beginning 1Aug, walk in any PPV, any age.
1. MIECC Mines – Sinovac
2. PWTC- AZ
3. Sunway Pyramid CC – Pfizer
4. Uitm Seksyen 7 – sinovac
5. Uitm Puncak Alam – Sinovac

They are sometimes shared with this video of National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, saying that anyone can walk in for their COVID-19 vaccination from 1 August onwards.

 

Walk-In Vaccination In Malaysia : The Facts

The viral messages are not accurate, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Operation Surge Capacity Runs From 26 July – 1 August

On 16 July 2021, National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced Operation Surge Capacity.

This 5-day Operation Surge Capacity aims to give the adult population in KL and Selangor at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by 1 August 2021.

To vaccinate the remaining 1.3 million adult population in KL and Selangor, the CITF (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force) will need to sustain 272,000 vaccinations per day.

Fact #2 : Walk-In Vaccination After Operation Surge Capacity

In a video that is often circulated with the viral message, Khairy Jamaluddin actually said that walk-in vaccination will only happen AFTER Operation Surge Capacity is completed.

So the actual date when people can walk-in and get their COVID-19 vaccination is predicated on the success of Operation Surge Capacity.

If Operation Surge Capacity is extended, then this option will likely be delayed.

Even if Operation Surge Capacity succeeds by 1 August, walk-in vaccination can only happen the next day – 2 August 2021.

So it’s best to WAIT for the official kick-off announcement, and not accept some random WhatsApp message at face value.

Fact #3 : Walk-In Vaccination Only In KL + Selangor

The first viral message also falsely suggests that anyone in Malaysia will be able to walk into any PPV to get vaccinated.

This walk-in vaccination option will only be available in KL and Selangor vaccination centres (PPVs) to “mop up anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor”.

Fact #4 : Walk-In Vaccination Also For Undocumented

Surprisingly, undocumented people in Malaysia will also be allowed to walk into any PPV in KL and Selangor to get vaccinated.

This is very good news, as it is important that EVERYONE gets vaccinated, irrespective of their status in Malaysia.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “This is so that we can ‘mop up’ anybody that has not received their first dose in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Some people may not have been captured by the Statistics Department’s data, while there are those who are undocumented.

Fact #5 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Adults

On 17 July 2021, CITF kicked off walk-in vaccinations for senior citizens aged 60 years and above in KL and Selangor.

When they expand the walk-in programme after Operation Surge Capacity, it will be restricted to adults – those who are 18 years and above.

So the second message is WRONG in claiming that anyone of “any age” can walk into a PPV to get vaccinated.

Read more : Walk-In Vaccination in KL + Selangor Kicks Off!

Fact #6 : Walk-In Vaccination Only For Those Without Appointments

Another fact not mentioned by the first message – only those who do NOT have a vaccine appointment yet, will be allowed to walk into a PPV in KL or Selangor.

Khairy Jamaluddin said, “Those who have already received their appointment dates are advised to stick to their appointments. Do not walk in.

Fact #7 : Sinovac Will Only Be Used For Dose 2

On 15 July 2021, Malaysia Health Minister, Adam Baba, announced that Sinovac will no longer be used for new vaccinations, and the remaining stock would be used to complete current vaccinations.

Adham Baba said, “About half of the 16 million have already been distributed, so the rest will be used to cover second doses. For those who have yet to be vaccinated, they will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

Hence, the second viral message with the list of vaccination centres offering Sinovac for walk-in vaccinations is FALSE.

Fact #8 : CITF Confirmed This Fact Check

On 19 July 2021, JKJAV issued a statement by the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) addressing the viral messages :

  • the walk-in programme will be updated and announced LATER
  • not all vaccination centres (PPVs) will be open for walk-in vaccinations.

So there you have it – the definitive debunk of the two fake viral messages above – from JKJAV and CITF.

 

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What To Do Before, During + After COVID-19 Vaccination?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before COVID-19 Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 vaccination appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking their medications before getting their vaccination. That is false and dangerous!

You should CONTINUE to take your medication, unless advised otherwise by your doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your vaccination.

However, you should limit or avoid alcohol the day before your vaccination. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

Painkillers?

You should NOT take painkillers before going for your vaccination.

That’s because painkillers can suppress your immune response, and reduce the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Can You Take Painkillers Before / After COVID-19 Vaccination?

On Vaccination Day

On the day of your vaccination, please make sure to :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal, and drink some water. Don’t drink too much, or you will need to go to the toilet!
  3. Make sure you do NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If you are sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    You will be given a new appointment.
  4. Bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, if possible (Malaysia only, not compulsory).
  5. You must bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. If you are pregnant, please bring your health record book.
  8. You must wear a face mask, and if possible, wear a face shield.
  9. Bring a bottle of water, in case you get thirsty.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the forms.

 

What Should You Do During COVID-19 Vaccination?

When you get to the vaccination room or booth, please follow these steps :

  1. Check the label of the vial or prepared syringe, to confirm the vaccine you are receiving. Here in Malaysia, that’s Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.
  2. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume.
Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

If a low dead volume (LDV) syringe is used, you should read the volume from the first ring of the plunger, not the top.

Read more : How To Read The Volume Of LDV Syringe Correctly?

  1. Ask that you be allowed to record a video of the vaccination process.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

Read more : Vaccine Underdose : What Should You Watch Out For?

 

What Should You Do After COVID-19 Vaccination?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting yourself and your family. Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Dietary Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your diet or daily life after vaccination. Please remember – you were vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

However, it is best if you limit or avoid alcohol intake for a few days. Excessive alcohol intake can suppress your immune system, and reduce vaccine efficacy.

Exercise Or Not?

You may see health authorities advising against strenuous exercise after your vaccination. There are a few reasons :

  • A precautionary measure for adolescents and young adults (below 30 years of age) who received the Pfizer vaccine, as there is a very small risk that they may get myocarditis.
  • To avoid accidents if people start feeling side effects like headache or fever while exercising.
  • To avoid people conflating post-exercise pain and reporting it as post-vaccination side effect.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

You must continue to take COVID-19 precautions in public, like wear a face mask and a face shield, and maintaining physical distance in public, because :

  • you will not receive maximum protection until 2-3 weeks after your second dose.
  • vaccines cannot protect you 100% against COVID-19, so there is a small risk of breakthrough infections.
  • new variants like the Delta variant are partially resistant to vaccines.

Report Side Effects

You can expect some mild side effects over the next day or two, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not worry about them – they are evidence of your immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can take painkillers if you need to, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

You can report any side effects you feel over the next few days in MySejahtera. If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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MITI Letter For Interstate Travel Not Valid For 4 Days!

Please be warned that all MITI letters for interstate travel will NOT be valid for 4 days!

Here is what you need to know!

 

MITI Letter For Interstate Travel Not Valid For 4 Days!

On 18 July 2021, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) announced that all MITI letters for interstate travel will NOT be valid for 4 days, from 18 to 21 July 2021.

This new 4-day restriction only applies to people travelling for work purposes. It will not apply to these cases :

  • emergency matters with police permission
  • healthcare matters, including vaccinations

 

MITI Interstate Restrictions To Block Hari Raya Travel!

This decision came after the police noticed a marked increase in vehicles travelling on highways over the last two days.

To avoid the irresponsible abuse of MITI letters to travel interstate to celebrate Hari Raya Aidiladha (Hari Raya Haji), all interstate roadblocks have been ordered to reject MITI letters from Sunday, 18 July until Wednesday, 21 July 2021.

The Inspector-General of Police, Dato’ Sri Acryl Sani, also warned that those who are caught flouting this new restriction will be dealt with severely.

 

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Malaysia Has 4 Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cities In Asia?

Does Malaysia have four of the most dangerous COVID-19 cities in Asia?

Take a look at the viral infographic, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Malaysia Has 4 Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cities In Asia?

People are sharing this infographic, claiming that Malaysia has four of the most dangerous COVID-19 cities in Asia, according to WorldAtlas.

  • Kuala Lumpur : second most dangerous city in Asia
  • Petaling Jaya : third most dangerous city in Asia
  • Klang : fourth most dangerous city in Asia
  • Johor Bahru : tenth most dangerous city in Asia

Note : This is fake news, so we placed a FALSE overlay to prevent it from being abused further.

 

Malaysia Does NOT Have 4 Most Dangerous COVID-19 Cities In Asia

This is more fake news being shared on WhatsApp.

This infographic is real, but it was edited to convey a completely different message. Here is what you need to know

Fact #1 : This Infographic Is From 2016

This infographic is genuine, but it was originally posted in April 2016, not 2021.

The fake news creator just added the words “Covid terror countries” at the top.

Fact #2 : Infographic Was About Crime, Not COVID-19

The infographic above was about crime, not COVID-19. Obviously, COVID-19 did not exist back in 2016.

Fact #3 : Ranking Was Roundly Mocked

The WorldAtlas ranking was not based on actual crime statistics, but user surveys on the website, Numbeo.

Needless to say, it roundly mocked when it was released, as it did not reflect actual realities.

Fact #4 : Klang Isn’t A City

Klang is not a city, it’s a town. That’s another reason why the WorldAtlas ranking in 2016 was mocked.

 

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Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that online learning for all schools will be extended until 31 August 2021!

Here are the details…

 

Online Learning For Schools In Malaysia Extended To August 2021!

On 17 July 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 37 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 25 July to 31 August 2021
  • Group B : 26 July to 31 August 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

Starting from 1 September 2021, some students will be allowed to go back to school, for face-to-face learning.

  • Phase 2 states : students who will be sitting for examinations
  • Phase 3 states : all students in stages

 

Previous Online Learning School Schedule In Malaysia

On 8 June 2021, the Minister of Education. Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all schools will remain closed, and that Teaching + Learning at Home (PdPR) classes would take place for another 25 days.

This directive includes all private, international and expatriate schools in Malaysia.

  • Group A : 13 June to 16 July 2021
  • Group B : 14 June to 17 July 2021

This will be followed by the mid-term holidays.

  • Group A : 16 July to 25 July 2021
  • Group B : 17 July to 26 July 2021

* Group A are the states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu
** Group B are all the other states and federal territories

 

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Walk-In Vaccination in KL + Selangor Kicks Off!

Senior citizens in KL and Selangor can now walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV)!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Walk-In Vaccination In KL + Selangor : Starts 17 July 2021!

On 16 July 2021, JKJAV announced that the Vaccine Administration Centres (PPVs) in KL and Selangor are now ready to take in walk-in vaccination requests.

Starting 17 July 2021, senior citizens in KL and Selangor can walk-in and get their vaccination at any Vaccine Administration Centre (PPV)!

This walk-in vaccination programme is currently limited to :

  • senior citizens age 60 years and above,
  • who have NOT registered for vaccination, or
  • who have NOT received any vaccine appointment

If you have already received your vaccine appointments, please adhere to the appointment.

 

Adham Baba : Senior Citizens Can Walk-In For Vaccination!

On 15 July 2021, Malaysia Health Minister Adham Baba announced at a press conference that walk-in vaccination is now available to senior citizens in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

“In Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, those who are 60 years (and older) who have not been vaccinated, can walk in. Data shows that there is this group who has not been vaccinated”.

However, when he made the announcement, the vaccination centres were NOT ready.

Right after the Health Minister announced the walk-in vaccination option for senior citizens, CITF – the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – immediately issued a notice to clarify that this is NOT AVAILABLE YET.

They are asking senior citizens NOT to walk into the COVID-19 vaccination centres until they make a further announcement.

Here is our English translation :

Referring to the walk-in vaccination for senior citizens in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur as announced by the Health Minister in this afternoon’s press conference, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) would like to announce that the implementation date for this method will be announced later.

This is to allow the planning for this initiative to be finalised, like logistics and delivery of vaccine stocks at all Vaccination Centres (PPV). Also important is arranging the schedule for the walk-in initiative to avoid congestion at vaccination centres, especially for senior citizens while the COVID-19 cases are getting higher.

Therefore, the public who are 60 years and older as well as their companions who do not have vaccination appointments are asked not to go to any vaccination centre tomorrow until further information about this initiative is announced soon.

 

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EMCO Ends For KL + Selangor : What You Need To Know!

MKN just declared that the EMCO lockdown of KL and Selangor will end today!

Here is what you need to know!

 

EMCO Lockdown Ends For KL + Selangor!

On 15 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that the EMCO lockdown for these locations in KL will not be extended!

  • Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sri Semarak
  • Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Batu Muda
  • Kampung Padang Balang
  • Taman Koperasi Polis (Fasa 1 & 2)
  • Flat Sri Sabah
  • Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kampung Baru Air Panas
  • Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kerinchi
  • Bandar Baru Sentul
  • Taman Ikan Emas

However, MKN did not mention what happens to these other locations in KL :

  • Flat Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju
  • Flat Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju
  • Kampung Puah
  • Flat Desa Pandan (Termasuk Baiduri & Delima)
  • Kampung Batu Muda

Then on 16 July 2021, MKN announced that the EMCO lockdown for Selangor will also not be extended!

Therefore, the EMCO lockdown for those 9 locations in KL and all 34 affected townships (mukims) in Selangor will end today – 16 July 2021!

Now that EMCO is over, the EMCO areas in KL and Selangor will return to Phase 1 restrictions.

There are some exceptions though. These areas were placed under EMCO restrictions from 18 to 31 July 2021 :

  • Damai Apartment in PJS 8, Mukim Damansara, Petaling District
  • Jalan Pandan Indah, Mukim Ampang, Hulu Langat District
  • Jalan Batu Nilam, Bukit Tinggi, Mukim Klang, Klang District
  • Taman Samudera, Mukim Batu, Gombak District

These four places will be placed under “real” EMCO, where residents are NOT ALLOWED to leave at all.

 

EMCO Ends In KL + Selangor : What’s Different?

When EMCO ends in KL and Selangor, the affected areas will go back to Phase 1 SOP.

But what’s different? Here are a few things that will change :

  • Instead of one person, now TWO (2) persons per household may leave to purchase essential items and food.
  • There is no longer an 8 PM curfew.
  • Jogging and exercise will be allowed in open areas in your housing area, with 2-3 metre physical distance, from 7 AM until 8 PM.
  • Eateries will be allowed to open earlier and close later – from 6 AM until 10 PM.

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 1 SOP : 16 July 2021 Edition!

 

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Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been shown to infect in mere seconds!

Find out what’s happening, and what we can do to prevent that!

Updated @ 2021-07-16 : Added more preventive measures

Originally posted @ 2021-06-29

 

COVID-19 Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds!

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is known to be significantly more infectious, but what exactly does that mean?

Details from two recent cases in China and Australia reveal that the Delta variant can infect people in mere seconds!

Guangzhou, China

On 21 May 2021, one lady (Huang) contracted COVID-19 from a friend, Song, when they had a conversation for just 1 minute 40 seconds.

Four days later, Huang entered the bathroom of a restaurant, when another lady (Liu) walked in. They both said they did not have any physical contact inside.

However, just sharing the same bathroom for 14 seconds was sufficient for Huang to infect Liu.

The Shenzhen Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that they were both infected with the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Sydney, Australia

In the middle of June 2021, one person was infected with the Delta variant by a stranger passing by within 10-15 cm at the Bondi Junction Westfield. It was a fleeting close contact that was also captured on CCTV.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant called it a “momentary crossover” :

We actually have CCTV footage of the encounter and it is basically a crossover of individuals. They are clearly facing each other but it is literally someone moving across from each other for a moment, close, but momentary. 

Queenlands Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young later said, “If you remember at the start of this pandemic, I spoke about 15 minutes of close contact being a concern. Now it looks like it’s 5 to 10 seconds.

 

How COVID-19 Delta Variant Infected In Seconds

The two cases above are very troubling, but most media only reported on the cases without delving deeper.

A closer analysis of the facts of those two cases reveal a common factor not mentioned in most news reports – the lack of face masks.

In the Guangzhou case, Huang was not wearing a face mask in the bathroom. The CCTV video showed her putting it on a few metres after she left the bathroom.

In the Sydney case, neither were wearing face masks as far as I can tell, because there was no requirement to wear one in Sydney at that time.

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian immediately announced that face masks would be mandatory on public transport in the greater Sydney area for 5 days, but it was not a requirement in other public places.

It seems clear that these Delta infections only occurred in seconds because at least one party did not wear a face mask.

 

Delta Variant Can Infect In Seconds : How To Prevent That?

While the Delta variant is more infectious against COVID-19, it is fundamentally the same virus.

So we can still take the same COVID-19 precautions to prevent infection by the Delta variant :

Get Vaccinated ASAP!

It is very important to quickly VACCINATE against COVID-19, as current vaccines offer robust protection against the Delta variant.

Wear Face Masks

It is critical that we not only wear a face mask while outside at all times, we should try to double-mask if we are not wearing an N95 / KN95 mask.

Wear A Face Shield / Eye Wear

We should also wear a face shield if possible, or some kind of eyewear, as COVID-19 can infect through the eyes as well.

Improve Ventilation

It is now known that COVID-19 can spread through aerosol – think of it wafting around like cigarette smoke.

This is not so much of a problem outdoors, but it is a critical problem indoors.

Public places need to be better ventilated, or have ventilation systems that rapidly refreshes and filters the air inside rooms.

Maintain Physical Distance

Staying 1-2 metres apart is probably okay outdoors, if everyone is wearing a face mask. But it is no longer good enough indoors.

We need to expand our physical distance from other people indoors – keep at least 3-4 metres from other people.

 

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Malaysia : Sinopharm + Janssen Vaccines Approved!

Malaysia has conditionally approved the Sinopharm and Janssen COVID-19 vaccines!

Find out this means for the COVID-19 vaccination program in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Approves Sinopharm + Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines!

On 16 July 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that the Drug Control Authority (DCA) issued a conditional registration for the following vaccines :

  1. COVILO Suspension for Injection COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell), Inactivated
    Registrant : Duopharma (M) Sdn. Bhd.
    Manufacturer : Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co. Ltd. (BIBP), China
    COVILO is also known as Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, and was developed by China National Biotec Group Company Limited (CNBG), also known as Sinopharm
  2. Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Suspension for Injection
    Registrant : Johnson & Johnson Sdn. Bhd.
    Manufacturer : Janssen Pharmaceutica N.V., Belgium

This conditional registration allows both COVID-19 vaccines to be used in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.

 

Sinopharm + Janssen Vaccines : A Quick Primer!

The Sinopharm COVILO vaccine, also known as BBIBP-CorV or just BIBP, that is very similar to the CoronaVac vaccine made by Sinovac.

Like CoronaVac, COVILO is an inactivated virus vaccine made from actual SARS-CoV-2 virus grown in Vero cells, and killed using β-propiolactone.

Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system. It is a two-shot vaccine with an efficacy of :

  • 79% against symptomatic COVID-19.
  • 79% against hospitalisation with COVID-19

The Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is a viral-vector vaccine that uses the same Ad26 adenovirus as the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

Once injected into the body, the Ad26 virus teaches some of our cells to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 protein spikes to trigger the body’s immune system.

The Janssen vaccine is a single-shot vaccine with an efficacy of :

  • 52% to 74% against mild to moderate COVID-19.
  • 73% to 82% against severe to critical COVID-19

 

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Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19!

The Ziverdo Kit to treat COVID-19 is being promoted on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Find out what the Ziverdo Kit is all about, and why it is just a SCAM!

 

Scam Alert : Ziverdo Kit Against COVID-19!

The Ziverdo Kit to treat COVID-19 is being actively promoted on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

Here is an example of an advertisement, suggesting that the Ziverdo Kit is approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and it easily treats COVID-19.

 

Ziverdo Kit To Treat COVID-19 : Why It’s A Scam!

People are worried about the surge in new COVID-19 cases and deaths from the Delta variant, which is highly-transmissible and appears to be partially resistant to vaccines.

Unfortunately, scammers are capitalising on our fear to sell fake cures online, and the Ziverdo Kit is one of them.

Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Ziverdo Kit Is Not WHO Approved

Scammers added the WHO logo to their advertisement to suggest that it is approved by the World Health Organisation.

The truth is – the WHO does not approve of ivermectin as a treatment or prevention for COVID-19.

The WHO certainly did not approve the Ziverdo Kit for use against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : WHO Advises That Ivermectin Be Used Only In Clinical Trials

As of 31 March 2021, the World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that ivermectin be used only in COVID-19 clinical trials.

The current evidence on the use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 patients is inconclusive. Until more data is available, WHO recommends that the drug only be used within clinical trials.

Fact #3 : Ivermectin NOT Proven To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

Ivermectin has only been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT appear to improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Fact #4 : Ziverdo Kit NOT Proven To Treat / Prevent COVID-19

The Ziverdo Kit treatment, which you can see below, has NEVER BEEN TESTED, much less proven to work against COVID-19.

The Ziverdo Kit treatment protocol you see below is simply made up, with no evidence that this combination or protocol does anything to treat or prevent COVID-19.

Fact #5 : Ziverdo Kit Is NOT FDA Approved

Their website claims, “you can be sure that the best would be what the FDA would approve“, suggesting that the Ziverdo Kit is approved by the US FDA.

The truth is the Ziverdo Kit is NOT approved by the US FDA. You can verify this by searching the US FDA database yourself.

The individual drugs may be US FDA approved, but the Ziverdo treatment protocol is NOT approved by the FDA.

The FDA certainly does not advocate using Zinc, Ivermectin and Doxycycline against COVID-19 as the Ziverdo Kit website suggests.

Fact #6 : Ziverdo Kit Only Sold By Prescription!

The Ziverdo Kit is manufactured by Windlas Biotech in India, and is a Schedule H prescription drug.

It can only be sold with a prescription, and its use must be directed by a physician.

It was reportedly distributed in the Indian state of Goa, as part of a COVID-19 Home Isolation Monitoring Kit in October 2020, together with a pulse oximeter, thermometer, paracetamol, vitamins, face masks, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes.

But otherwise, you need a physician’s prescription to purchase it.

Fact #7 : Ziverdo Kit Online Prices Are Ridiculously Expensive!

Despite their advertisement claiming that it only costs US$10 per treatment, the Ziverdo Kit is really very expensive :

  • 9 strip kit : US$110 (about RM461 / £79 / S$149)
  • 12 strip kit : US$140 (about RM587 / £101 / S$189)
  • 16 strip kit : US$179 (about RM750 / £129 / S$242)
  • 19 strip kit : US$208 (about RM872 / £150 / S$281)
  • 24 strip kit : US$257 (about RM1,077 / £185 / S$347)
  • 32 strip kit : US$335 (about RM1,404 / £241 / S$453)
  • 48 strip kit : US$475 (about RM1,990 / £342 / S$642)

Based on the cheapest option, here is my comparison of its cost versus vaccines that have already been proven to work.

Don’t you think it’s CHEAPER and EASIER to just get vaccinated, instead of popping pills?

Product US Price Difference
Ziverdo Kit $110
to
$475
+12.8x
to
+59.4x
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39 +4.88x
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30 +3.75x
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10 +0.25x
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8 Baseline

Fact #8 : The Online Price Is A Scam!

Zinc is a cheap supplement, and both ivermectin and doxycycline are cheap drugs.

Windlas Biotech actually sells the entire kit for only 150 rupees, including all taxes! That is approximately US$2, £1.45, RM 8.40 or S$2.70.

Unfortunately, scammers are selling this Ziverdo Kit online for US$110 to US$475 to gullible, scared people.

Fact #9 : Ziverdo Kit Online Sale Is A Scam!

Let me just summarise the reasons why the online sale of Ziverdo Kit is a scam.

  1. It has not have been proven to work against COVID-19.
  2. It is not approved by the World Health Organisation.
  3. It is not approved by the US FDA.
  4. It can only be sold with a prescription.
  5. It is being sold online at ridiculous mark-ups of over 50X!

So please do not fall for the Ziverdo Kit online sale scam. And please warn your family and friends!

 

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Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

MKN just announced that they are allowing computer, mobile, book and stationery shops to reopen across the country!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Computer, Mobile, Book + Stationery Shops Can Reopen!

On 15 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that computer, mobile, book and stationery shops will be allowed to reopen.

This decision will apply across the country, to both Phase 1 and Phase 2 states, and apply from 16 July 2021 onwards.

They made this decision after taking into account feedback from students, parents as well as teachers, and to allow teachers and students to continue online learning (PdPR).

This news will be warmly welcomed by parents and teachers, who have been complaining about not being able to repair their computer or smartphone, or even purchase books and stationery.

They also allowed students to travel in and out of EMCO areas to take their exams, including professional exams, albeit with police permission.

 

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Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is promoting ivermectin and the FLCCC, claiming that it has “proved to be incredibly effective at both preventing and treating COVID-19“.

Let’s go through LifeSiteNews’ claims on ivermectin and FLCCC, and see what the FACTS really are!

 

LifeSiteNews Promotes Ivermectin + FLCCC

The Catholic anti-abortion website, LifeSiteNews, recently promoted ivermectin and the 5-man FLCCC team that created the ivermectin protocol against COVID-19.

The author, Michael Haynes, even suggested that ivermectin “may well have saved” President Trump’s life“, but “has been subject to widespread suppression and misinformation” to “promote financial revenue over saving lives“.

 

Fact Check : LifeSiteNews Promotion Of Ivermectin + FLCCC

LifeSiteNews is a well-known purveyor of fake news, so it’s not surprising to see them post fake news on ivermectin and the FLCCC.

Let’s go through the various claims LifeSiteNews made about ivermectin and the FLCCC, and find out what the FACTS really are…

Claim #1 : FLCCC Discovered COVID-19 Causes Inflammation + Blood Clots
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the FLCCC team “realized in March 2020” that COVID-19 causes “organ inflammation and blood clotting“, and they then developed their MATH+ protocol.

The truth is Chinese scientists had long noted that inflammatory response and coagulopathy in COVID-19 patients.

Case in point – this 11 March 2020 study published in the Lancet by Chinese scientists showed that :

  • 50% of people who died from COVID-19 had coagulopathy.
  • 90% of inpatients with COVID-19 pneumonia had coagulopathy.

They also suggested that the coagulopathy was caused by :

  • systemic pro-inflammatory cytokine responses
  • ACE2 receptors on myocytes and vascular endothelial cells

This multi-centre cohort study was carried out in Wuhan, during the early days of COVID-19 – in January 2020.

Did the FLCCC publish any paper to document and prove their “realisation” in March 2020? No.

Claim #2 : MATH+ Protocol Made Global Standard Of Hospital Care
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol developed by FLCCC was made the “global standard of hospital care“. That’s not true.

On 2 September 2020, the WHO strongly recommended the use of systemic corticosteroids in patients with severe and critical COVID-19, but recommended against using systemic corticosteroids in non-severe COVID-19.

The MATH+ protocol is made up of Methylprednisolone, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Heparin.

Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid and is thus part of the global standard of hospital care for COVID-19.

However, the rest of the MATH+ protocol is NOT part of the global standard of hospital care.

Claim #3 : MATH+ Protocol Proven By Latest Studies
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews quoted Michael Capuzzo, who claimed that the MATH+ protocol was recommended against by health bodies throughout the world but subsequently made global standard of hospital care, “courtesy of later studies“.

The truth is the use of corticosteroids to treat the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) seen in COVID-19 was born out of experience with the SARS epidemic in 2002 and 2003.

So when COVID-19 hit at the end of 2019, Chinese doctors immediately tried to use corticosteroids to treat their patients.

If you look at the 11 March 2020 Chinese study, you can see that the Chinese already succeeded in using corticosteroids in January 2020!

On top of that, the RECOVERY trial tested eight existing drugs in March 2020, including dexamethasone – a corticosteroid.

By June 2020, researchers were able to confirm that corticosteroids like dexamethasone can reduce mortality in severe and critical COVID-19.

The FLCCC did not run a single clinical trial to prove that the MATH+ protocol works better than just corticosteroids against COVID-19.

Claim #4 : MATH+ Protocol Hailed As Eminently Successful
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that the MATH+ protocol was “hailed as eminently successful” and the FLCCC doctors were fast becoming “heroes of the pandemic”.

The truth is – the FLCCC had nothing to do with the success of corticosteroids in treating COVID-19.

The Chinese discovered the efficacy of corticosteroids in treating ARDS in SARS-CoV-1 – which is closely related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

As early as March 2020, they showed that corticosteroids were effective in improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients. This was confirmed by the RECOVERY trial by June 2020.

That’s why the FLCCC is not being feted. They had NOTHING to do with the discovery of corticosteroids as a treatment for COVID-19.

Claim #4 : Ivermectin Proven To Work
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews wrote about how Dr. Kory from the FLCCC testified before the US Senate Homeland Security Committee in December 2020 that “ivermectin basically obliterates transmission of this virus” and that “if you take it, you will not get sick“.

Ivermectin has been shown to work against COVID-19 in lab (in vitro) studies, but does NOT improve clinical outcomes or prevent transmission.

That is why the WHO and the vast majority of health authorities around the world DO NOT advocate using ivermectin to prevent or treat COVID-19.

Read more : Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study : What Does It Really Say?

Claim #6 : Ivermectin Worked In Peru + India
Verdict : FALSE

LifeSiteNews claimed that “thousands, even millions, were given the drug, with COVID cases and deaths plummeting as a result“.

As these latest COVID-19 charts show, that is simply NOT TRUE. Both countries continue to suffer badly from COVID-19.

Despite the use of ivermectin, India suffered a massive and disastrous wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths from March 2021 onwards. That’s why India stopped using ivermectin on 27 March 2021.

Read more : India Drops Ivermectin, HCQ + Favipiravir As COVID-19 Drugs!

Claim #7 : Only New Pharmaceutical Drugs Will Be Approved
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo claimed that “the only thing that’s considered to have sufficient evidence or proven efficacy is essentially a big new pharmaceutical drug”. That’s also FALSE.

As I pointed out above, corticosteroids which are patent-free and very cheap, were recommended as a global standard of care by the WHO on 2 September 2020.

I should also point out that the FLCCC ivermectin protocol not only uses VERY LITTLE ivermectin, it requires you to consume 5-6 pills every day, at great cost.

Read more : Is Ivermectin Prophylaxis Cheap? Here Is What It Really Costs!
Read more : Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

Prophylaxis US Price
FLACC I-MASK+ Protocol $1.03 per day
$31 per month
$375 per year
AstraZeneca Vaccine (2 doses) $8
J&J Vaccine (1 dose) $10
Moderna Vaccine (2 doses) $30
Pfizer Vaccine (2 doses) $39

Claim #8 : President Trump Was Given Ivermectin
Verdict : FALSE

Michael Capuzzo also claimed that former President Trump was given ivermectin, which “may well have saved the president’s life“.

LifeSite co-founder and president Steve Jalsevac suggested that Capuzzo’s claims could indeed be true, even though Capuzzo provided no reference for his claim.

The treatment that former President Trump received when he was infected with COVID-19 did NOT include ivermectin :

  • Dexamethasone
  • Remdesivir
  • Regeneron REGN-COV2 monoclonal antibodies
  • Zinc
  • Pepcid – an antacid
  • Aspirin
  • Vitamin D
  • Melatonin

 

FLCCC Ivermectin Lies : A Sin In Christianity

LifeSiteNews is well-known purveyor of fake news, and devout Christians should be wary about the lies they tell.

As LifeSiteNews is a faith-based Catholic publication, whose many readers and fans are devout Christians, it would be remiss of me not to remind everyone that…

LYING IN A SIN IN CHRISTIANITY

One of the Ten Commandments state that “thou shalt not beat false witness against thy neighbour“.

And the Bible has many verses on lying :

Proverbs 6:17-19 – Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Proverbs 12:22 – The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 25:1 – Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sword, or shooting them with a sharp arrow.

Peter 3:10 – Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

 

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Fact Check : 60% Of UK COVID-19 Deaths Were Vaccinated?

Is it true that 60% of COVID-19 deaths in the UK were vaccinated, and 43% were fully vaccinated???

Find out what’s going on, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Global Research : 60% Of UK COVID-19 Deaths Were Vaccinated!

Teodrose Fikremariam of Global Research triumphantly claimed that the “jab propaganda falls apart” because Public Health England revealed that vaccinated people accounted for 60% of COVID-19 deaths in the UK.

A stunning revelation emerged recently that exposes the lies behind the global “vaccination” campaign in one of the leading nations when it comes to the percentage of people who have been fully jabbed. According to Public Health England data, 43% of Covid-19 fatalities in the UK were people who were fully “vaccinated”. Furthermore, a shocking 60% of Covid-19 deaths are attributed to people who have received at least one dose.

What this tragic news reveals is something most of us who have been railing against these experimental “vaccines” have been saying for months only to be shouted down and dismissed as “antivaxxers” and “conspiracy theorists”. There is a reason why truly safe and effective vaccines take on the average of 10-15 years to develop, test and garner approval for general use. That was not the case with these biotech corporation nostrums which were rushed into production after only three months of human trials.

That article is being actively shared by antivaxxers on social media, so let’s take a look at what the FACTS really are…

 

Fact Check : 60% Of UK COVID-19 Deaths Were Vaccinated?

Global Research is a well-known purveyor of fake news. So it’s not surprising to read all sorts of “bad news” about vaccines on their website.

Let me show you why Global Research is deliberately misleading you, and why you should really stop reading or sharing their fake news.

Fact #1 : Global Research Didn’t Even Look At The Real Data

Teodrose Fikremariam plucked the numbers from a Guardian opinion piece by David Spiegelhalter and Anthony Masters.

He was too lazy to even understand what they meant, never mind actually looking up the actual Public Health England (PHE) data.

Fact #2 : PHE Data Was Only On Variants

If Teodrose took the effort to look up the PHE data, he would have noticed that it only covered 4 variants of concern (VOC) and 9 variants under investigation (VOI) in the UK.

Spiegelhalter and Masters were specifically referring to Technical Briefing 17, which was released on 25 June 2021.

Even though the UK reported over 5 million cases of COVID-19, this PHE report only covered 319,856 cases that have been confirmed to be from those VOC and VOI.

In other words – this VOC + VOI data only covered 6.4% of COVID-19 cases in the UK.

Fact #3 : Global Research Twisted Facts

Spiegelhalter and Masters were talking about the Delta variant in their opinion piece, not COVID-19 in general.

They were pointing out that the deaths are inevitable, because the vaccines cannot offer 100% protection.

It could sound worrying that the majority of people dying in England with the now-dominant Delta (B.1.617.2) variant have been vaccinated.

Does this mean the vaccines are ineffective? Far from it, it’s what we would expect from an effective but imperfect vaccine…

Yet Global Research chose to ignore the SOURCE of their article, and instead used the data to mislead you.

Fact #4 : Too Few Deaths Statistically

I took the trouble of summarising the Delta case numbers from PHE Technical Briefing 17, so you can better see what the real situation is like.

A single vaccine dose offers robust protection against the Delta variant infections and hospitalisation, and the second dose offers even more protection.

Delta Variant Total No Vaccine 1 Dose 2 Doses
Tested Positive 92,029 53,822
58.5%
19,957
21.7%
7,235
7.9%
Hospital Visit 3,460 2,248
65.0%
813
23.5%
348
10.1%
Hospitalisation 1,320 831
63.0%
277
21.0%
190
14.4%
Death 117 44
37.6%
20
17.1%
50
42.7%

But why are there more deaths with 2 doses? Does it mean that the vaccine is dangerous?

The truth is – there are too few deaths – just 117 or 0.13% of all infected – for the numbers at this point to be statistically significant.

Fact #5 : People Will Die Of Other Causes

The deaths are likely related to age and co-morbidities, because if you look at the age data for those who died, the vast majority were over 50 years of age.

So it is highly possible that some of these deaths would have happened, with or without a COVID-19 infection.

Delta Variant
DEATHS
Total No Vaccine 1 Dose 2 Doses
< 50 years old  8 6
75.0%
2
25.0%
0
> 50 years old 109 38
34.9%
18
16.5%
50
45.9%

You may recall fake news about 229 people in Taiwan dying from the AstraZeneca vaccine. Autopsies later proved that they died of natural causes.

As I pointed out in that article, COVID-19 vaccines cannot make people immune from other causes of death.

With or without COVID-19 vaccines, people will continue to die of other causes.

Fact #6 : Vaccines Do Not Need 10-15 Years To Develop

Global Research repeats the old fake claim that safe and effect vaccines need 10-15 years to develop, test and get approved. That’s utter nonsense.

For example, new flu vaccines are formulated on a yearly basis, with new strains chosen by the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System.

A completely new vaccine can “traditionally” take 10-15 years to develop, but that’s because of red tape, funding and manufacturing restrictions.

With COVID-19, researchers not only collaborated and shared data, they received massive funding. This allowed them to start work on a vaccine even before it became a pandemic, and start building manufacturing facilities.

They were also able to rapidly recruit volunteers for their large trials, which would not be possible in normal times, and “traditional” vaccine funding.

Whatever lies Global Research may tell you, COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective through large trials involving hundreds of thousands of volunteers.

 

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