Is the Malaysia Health Ministry giving us expired COVID-19 vaccines?
Take a look at the viral message, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : Malaysia Health Ministry Is Using Expired COVID-19 Vaccines!
This message is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is using EXPIRED COVID-19 vaccines.
A million vaccine shots tossed in Indonesia on short expiry date
Our health ministry and Minister must explain why Indonesia is discarding expired vaccine shots while our Health minister is extending the expired period to six months.
It is known that once a vaccine or any medicine is expired it loses its efficacy and should not be given. But our DG and Health Minister on their own accord without any advice from from the vaccine maker decided to extend the expiry period and give it to our people.
Is Malaysian lives so cheap that expired vaccine can be given to our people without fear that it may have adverse effects on the people.?
Truth : Malaysia Is Not Using Expired COVID-19 Vaccines!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp about COVID-19 vaccines.
Malaysia is NOT using expired COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Most Expired Vaccines In Indonesia Had Short Shelf Life Left
It is true that more than a million COVID-19 vaccine doses were discarded in Indonesia after they expired. But that was because most of them were donated with just 1-3 months of shelf life left!
On 19 January 2022, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told the Indonesian Parliament that about 98% of the 1.1 million doses that were discarded were “donated just 1-3 months away from expiry“.
In other words, it was almost impossible for Indonesia to distribute and use those vaccines before they expired.
Hence, the Indonesian government will be “more selective and only accept doses expiring in three months or longer“.
Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Lives Were Too Short
When properly stored, vaccines can last a long time. Most vaccines actually have a shelf life of about three years.
However, vaccine manufacturers have been extraordinarily cautious when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. Many COVID-19 vaccines ship with shelf lives of only 3 to 6 months!
The key takeaway point is that COVID-19 vaccine shelf lives are extraordinarily short. Many healthcare professionals would call them way too short.
Fact #3 : EUA / EUL Vaccines Do NOT Have Fixed Expiry Dates
The US FDA points out that vaccines authorised for emergency use (EUA / EUL) do NOT have fixed expiry dates.
Vaccines authorized for emergency use – as products that are not approved under a biologics license application and are still being studied under investigational new drug applications– do not have fixed expiry dates.
For those doses that are close to expiry, if they are being held under appropriate conditions for ensuring their integrity for use, they can potentially be quarantined to see if data on new stability studies warrant extension of the initial expiry date according to appropriate policies and procedures.
Fact #4 : Vaccine Shelf Life Extension Is Based On Stability Studies
Vaccine manufacturers can conduct stability studies, to prove that their COVID-19 vaccines remain stable and effective over time.
They can then apply to extend the shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines, which is subject to approval by drug regulatory agencies like the US FDA and the UK MHRA
The shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines will only be extended if stability tests prove that they maintain their potency.
Fact #5 : Vaccine Shelf Life Extension Requested By Manufacturers
The fake news claimed that the Malaysia Health Ministry extended vaccine shelf life on their own accord. That’s complete and utter nonsense.
The vaccine manufacturer must apply for a shelf life extension, and provide their stability study results to prove that their COVID-19 vaccine remain stable and potent beyond the requested shelf life extension.
Fact #6 : Many COVID-19 Vaccines Have Extended Shelf Lives
Many COVID-19 vaccines shipped with very short shelf lives, and have since had them extended, some multiple times.
Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY : Extended to 9 months since 22 August 2021
Moderna Spikevax : Extended to 9 months since 23 December 2021
J&J Janssen : Extended to 4.5 months on 10 June 2021, and then 6 months on 28 July 2021
Sinovac : Extended to 12 months
SII Covishield : Extended to 9 months in March 2021
Bharat Covaxin : Extended to 12 months on 3 November 2021
The technical working group also evaluated the latest evidence, and introduced new recommendations for the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.
These individuals are advised to receive a booster dose at least 3 months after their primary vaccination.
All senior citizens 60 years and above
All adults 18 years and above who received all types of vaccines (Pfizer, AZ and CoronaVac), using the age de-escalation approach – 50 years old and above, – 40 years old and above, and – 18 years old and above
Individuals with co-morbidities
Residents and employees at long-term care facilities
Why Malaysia Reduced The Booster Dose Interval To 3 Months?
KKM made this decision based on the recent RECoVaM study, which showed the waning protection of COVID-19 vaccines, especially the Sinovac vaccine.
They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variant, which showed greater transmissibility, higher viral binding affinity and higher antibody escape.
Evidence collected over the last 3 weeks showed that a booster dose can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research involving 21 million booster doses in the UK showed that they are safe.
In line with those results, regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as panels of health experts now recommend that the booster dose vaccination should be given as early as three (3) months after completing the primary vaccine.
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Originally posted @ 2020-12-31
The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines passed their Phase 3 trials with 94% to 95% efficacy rates, but what does that mean?
The efficacy rate is actually a calculation of the vaccine’s ability to prevent symptomatic COVID-19 infection, based on the clinical trial data and the COVID-19 attack rate.
The public often miss the importance of the COVID-19 attack rate, and therefore misunderstand the vaccine efficacy rate.
For example, in a trial involving 100,000 vaccinated participants and a COVID-19 attack rate of 1%, here is the difference between perception and reality :
While the public look at a 75% efficacy rate and think that it means 25% of those vaccinated will still get infected, the truth is only 0.25% of those vaccinated will get infected, with a 1% attack rate.
This is why we should leave the science to the professionals, and not pretend that a few hours of looking up Google will replace years of actual study and experience.
Even so, many people are demanding the right to pick and choose their COVID-19 vaccine. Some are demanding the right to pay for what they believe are the ‘superior’ vaccine.
But guess what…
The BEST vaccine you can take is the FIRST vaccine you can get, and COMPLETE.
Here are the reasons why…
Reason #1 : Early Protection Offers The Best Protection
Think of the COVID-19 pandemic as an alien invasion, and the vaccine as body armour that protects you against their attacks.
When you are under attack, do you put on the first body armour you find, or do you wait until you find the body armour you like the best?
Cpl. Daniel M. Greenwald survived this sniper shot thanks to his helmet!
The fact is – even “substandard” body armour will offer you FAR MORE protection than no body armour at all!
After all, you could end up getting killed by COVID-19, before your preferred body armour arrives. What’s the point of getting the vaccine you want if you are already infected or dead?
Don’t believe us? A team of scientists actually did a study on this, concluding that “waiting for a vaccine with a higher efficacy results in additional hospitalizations and costs over the course of the pandemic“.
Reason #2 : All Approved Vaccines Protect You Against Severe Disease + Death
Regulatory bodies around the world set a minimum threshold of 50% efficacy against symptomatic infection for the approval of any COVID-19 vaccine.
However, that has confused people into thinking that the authorities are taking shortcuts in giving us vaccines that barely work.
Come on – 50% efficacy? That’s like rolling the dice at the roulette table, right? That’s really NOT the case.
We prepared this table to show you how misleading efficacy rates are.