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SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

A leading pulmonologist in South Africa is warning that 90% of his patients who took ivermectin had liver damage.

Find out what’s going on, and why it is dangerous to self-medicate with ivermectin!

 

SA Pulmonologist : Liver Damage In People Taking Ivermectin!

Dr. Emmanuel Taban – a leading pulmonologist in South Africa, recently wrote that two out of three COVID-19 patients who were admitted to his hospital were taking ivermectin.

Even more worrying – he shared that some “90% of the patients using the drug, presented with liver damage“.

Specifically, his patients were presenting with “deranged liver function tests“, which is a sign of liver damage.

He also shared examples of the type of ivermectin that his patients were using before they were admitted to his hospital for treatment.

In another post, Dr. Taban reminded people that claims of ivermectin as a “miracle cure” are based on poor quality evidence.

In particular, he pointed out that the Elgazzar study from Egypt showed very positive outcomes for ivermectin against COVID-19, only to be retracted over allegations of “scientific fraud and plagiarism“.

He shared that both the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa (CCSSA) and the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) concurred with the SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) that :

Ivermectin should not be used routinely in the management of any stage of COVID-19, except in the context of sufficiently powered Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs), with well-defined study endpoints intended for regulatory marketing authorisation.

Both CCSSA and SASA are also “deeply concerned that many patients and their families view treatment with ivermectin as an alternative to getting vaccinated“.

 

Can Ivermectin Cause Liver Damage?

Ivermectin is generally a well-tolerated drug. However, it has been known to cause liver damage.

In 2006, a 20 year-old woman from Cameroon developed severe hepatitis from a single dose of ivermectin.

In February 2021, pulmonologist Frederico Fernandes, who is also President of the São Paulo Society of Pulmonology and Tisiology (SPPT), shared about his young patient who needed a liver transplant after self-medicating with 18 mg of ivermectin every day for a week.

Hepatologist Paulo Bittencourt, who is President of the Brazilian Liver Institute of the Brazilian Society of Hepatology, stated that 27% of acute hepatitis or fulminant acute hepatitis in Brazil occurred as a result of medications, likely from the indiscriminate use of ivermectin.

He warned that taking ivermectin, chloroquine or azithromycin can lead to acute hepatitis. Even though it’s relatively rare, large-scale use by millions of people will lead to many cases of hepatitis.

Bittencourt himself recounted about a patient who used ivermectin every 15 days to prevent COVID-19. Even limited to bi-weekly use of ivermectin, his patient still developed nausea.

There is already a proven prophylaxis for COVID-19 – vaccines. Don’t put your life at risk, by self-medicating with ivermectin. GET VACCINATED!

 

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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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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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Can You Get The COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines?

Your doctor may have told you that the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be given with other vaccinations, but that’s NO LONGER TRUE!

Here is what’s new with COVID-19 vaccines, and why it is safe to take one with your other vaccinations!

 

Earlier : Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Within 2 Weeks Of Other Vaccines

The US FDA approved the Pfizer mRNA vaccine for 12- to 15-year old children (with 100% efficacy!) on 10 May 2021, and scheduled a meeting on 10 June 2021 to discuss making it available to younger children.

At that time, the US CDC recommended avoiding taking the COVID-19 vaccine within two weeks of other vaccinations.

Dr. Lisa Costello – a pediatrician at West Virginia University Medicine Children’s Hospital and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on State Government Affairs, said,

“We do not yet know whether we will be able to co-administer vaccines — meaning you may have to get the Covid-19 vaccine solo, not with other vaccines.”

So parents were urged to catch up on their children’s missed vaccinations, in order to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

 

Now : COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Administered With Other Vaccines!

On 12 May 2021, Dr. Kate Woodworth of the CDC’s birth defects division, said that the CDC is changing their earlier advice, and that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered with other vaccines, even on the same day!

At a meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunisation Practices (ACIP), she said,

“Extensive experience with non-Covid-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity,” or the ability of a vaccine to provoke an immune response, “and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone,”

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to say that COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines can be administered “without regard to timing“, including on the same day.

The American Academic of Paediatrics also said on the same day that it supports giving childhood vaccines together with the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine + Other Vaccines On The Same Day?

On 2 July 2021, the US CDC updated their clinical considerations to recommend that if a patient is receiving multiple vaccines on the same day, each shot should be administered “in a different injection site“.

They also pointed out that the deltoid muscle in adolescents and adults “can be used for more than one intramuscular injection“.

Their best practice for multiple vaccinations in a day include :

  • Label each syringe with the name and the dosage (amount) of the vaccine, lot number, the initials of the preparer, and the exact beyond-use time, if applicable.
  • Separate injection sites by 1 inch or more, if possible.
  • Administer the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines that may be more likely to cause a local reaction (e.g., tetanus-toxoid-containing and adjuvanted vaccines) in different limbs, if possible.

 

US CDC On Administering COVID-19 Vaccine With Other Vaccines

In their updated clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccines, this was what the US CDC posted on administering it with other vaccines :

Coadministration with other vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines were previously recommended to be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccines. This was out of an abundance of caution and not due to any known safety or immunogenicity concerns. However, substantial data have now been collected regarding the safety of COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by FDA for use under EUA. Although data are not available for COVID-19 vaccines administered simultaneously with other vaccines, extensive experience with non-COVID-19 vaccines has demonstrated that immunogenicity and adverse event profiles are generally similar when vaccines are administered simultaneously as when they are administered alone.

COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines on the same day, as well as coadministration within 14 days. It is unknown whether reactogenicity of COVID-19 vaccine is increased with coadministration, including with other vaccines known to be more reactogenic, such as adjuvanted vaccines or live vaccines. When deciding whether to coadminister another vaccine(s) with COVID-19 vaccines, providers should consider whether the patient is behind or at risk of becoming behind on recommended vaccines, their risk of vaccine-preventable disease (e.g., during an outbreak or occupational exposures), and the reactogenicity profile of the vaccines.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site. For adolescents and adults, the deltoid muscle can be used for more than one intramuscular injection.

 

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Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Now Only For COVID-19 Patients?

Is it true that the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic has been closed, and will now be used only for COVID-19 patients on oxygen?

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

 

Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Now Only For COVID-19 Patients?

This warning and picture have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya) is now officially closed, and will only be used for COVID-19 patients on oxygen.

Pls viral to all ur friends in kelana Jaya pj. Klinik kesihatan kelana jaya is officially closed now. Positive cases are on their way here on oxygen. The doctors are put on call in shifts starting from 8pm tonight till tomorrow. They have converted it into a covid battle field.

 

Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Not For COVID-19 Patients, Operating As Usual

This is yet another COVID-19 fake story that has gone viral on WhatsApp. And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kelana Jaya Health Clinic Operating As Usual

The Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya) confirmed that this is fake news, and said that they are operating as usual.

Pihak pengurusan Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya ingin memaklumkan ini adalah BERITA PALSU. Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya beroperasi seperti biasa.

Please be informed that this is FAKE NEWS. Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya is operating as usual.
#semaksebelumkongsi #pastikanbenar

Fact #2 : Picture Was Taken At HTAR In Klang

This is for those who ask, “What if the government is lying???”

If you look closely at the background of the photo, you can see that the place has a fence made of unpainted red bricks and vertical iron bars.

It would match the fence at HTAR (Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah) in Klang, but not the actual Kelana Jaya Health Clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Kelana Jaya), which has white walls and both horizontal and vertical iron bars.

Fact #3 : Those Patients Were Not On Oxygen

If you look at the picture carefully, you can see that the COVID-19 patients were not on oxygen at all.

Fact #4 : Those Patients Were Waiting For Beds

Due to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases, HTAR ran out of beds in the wards, and had to set up makeshift beds outside their Emergency Department.

The patients in the photo were already treated at the Emergency Department before being assigned a makeshift beds, while waiting for new beds in the wards are being readied.

This was explained in a Selangor State Health press release on 8 July 2021.

 

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KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : 7 July 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest SOP for the new EMCO 3.0 lockdown of KL and Selangor!

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

Updated @ 2021-07-08 : Added new sectors allowed to open in Selangor.

Updated @ 2021-07-02 : Added a number of changes to the EMCO SOP for KL + Selangor
Originally posted @ 2021-07-01

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP : Starts On 3 July 2021!

On 1 July 2021, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) announced that certain areas in KL and Selangor will come under EMCO lockdown with new SOP!

Selangor

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Selangor :

  1. Petaling District : Petaling, Damansara, Sungai Buloh, Bukit Raja
  2. Hulu Langat District : Hulu Langat, Ampang, Cheras, Kajang, Semenyih, Beranang
  3. Sepang District : Dengkil, Labu, Sepang
  4. Gombak District : Batu, Rawang, Setapak, Hulu Kelang, Kuang
  5. Kuala Langat District : Tanjung 12 (1), Tanjung 12 (2), Teluk Panglima Garang, Morib, Bandar, Jugra, Batu
  6. Klang District : Kapar, Klang
  7. Kuala Selangor District : Ijok, Bestari Jaya, Jeram
  8. Hulu Selangor District : Serendah, Rasa, Ulu Yam, Batang Kali

Kuala Lumpur

The EMCO (Enhanced Movement Control Order) lockdown will last for 14 days, from 3 July until 16 July 2021 for these areas in Kuala Lumpur :

  1. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Sri Semarak
  2. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Batu Muda
  3. Flat Seksyen 2 Wangsa Maju
  4. Flat Seksyen 1 Wangsa Maju
  5. Kampung Padang Balang
  6. Taman Koperasi Polis (Fasa 1 & 2)
  7. Flat Sri Sabah
  8. Kampung Puah
  9. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kampung Baru Air Panas
  10. Flat Desa Pandan (Termasuk Baiduri & Delima)
  11. Kampung Batu Muda
  12. Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) Kerinchi
  13. Bandar Baru Sentul
  14. Taman Ikan Emas

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP Video : 2 July 2021 Edition!

This video shows the latest MKN EMCO 3.0 SOP slides (2 July 2021), followed by our English translation.

Please note that this new EMCO SOP will only be effective starting 3 July 2021.

 

KL + Selangor EMCO 3.0 SOP List : 7 July 2021 Edition!

This is the new EMCO / PKPD SOP that was updated on 7 July 2021.

Travel Restrictions

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house.
  • Only one (1) household representative may leave to purchase essential supplies within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • Up to three (3) people, including the patient, may leave to seek healthcare, medical care or vaccination. Updated!
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Individuals under home quarantine – Home Surveillance Order (HSO) – are FORBIDDEN to leave their homes.
  • No one is allowed to leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only one (1) person is allowed in each personal vehicle (of all types). Additional passenger requires police permission, on a case-to-case basis.
  • 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.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, LRT, MRT, ERL, monorail, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • Airports and ports are ALLOWED to operate as normal.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Only workers providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.
  • Only workers in essential services and factories and permitted business premises can use MITI permission letters that were issued earlier.
  • Non-essential workers are FORBIDDEN to leave EMCO areas, and are FORBIDDEN to work during EMCO. Employers must comply with this rule, and allow employees to work from home.
  • Residents are allowed to leave EMCO areas for emergencies like sickness or death, with police permission. Consideration will be granted by PDRM and KKM based on a case-to-case basis.
  • Travel for purposes not listed in the SOP requires police permission.

Business Activities

  • Restaurants, eateries, food trucks, roadside vendors, mobile vendors, food courts, hawker centres, food stalls and food kiosks are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Food and drinks are only allowed to be purchased through take-away, drive-through and delivery.
  • Dine-in and park & dine services are FORBIDDEN.
  • Groceries, convenience stores, stores selling daily essentials are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Supermarkets and hypermarkets are ALLOWED to operate, limited to the food, drinks and essential supplies sections only, from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Hospitals, clinics and medical laboratories are ALLOWED to operate up to 24 hours, or according to their licence.
  • Pharmacies, medicine shops, veterinaries, pet food stores are ALLOWED to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Petrol stations are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 8 PM, except for those on tolled highways which can operate 24 hours.
  • Wholesale markets are ALLOWED to operate from 12:01 AM until 6 AM.
  • Public markets, permanent farmer’s markets (PTK) and MyFarm Outlets (MFO) are ALLOWED to operate from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Daily markets, morning markets, farmer’s markets, night markets, late night bazaars are FORBIDDEN.
  • Critical maintenance, repairs and wiring works are ALLOWED on appointment basis. New!
  • Vaccination centres in EMCO areas are ALLOWED to operate.
  • All educational institutes must CLOSE during EMCO.
  • All sports, social, recreational and cultural activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • Quarantine-based centralised training programmes for teams in the Malaysian Football League (MFL) are ALLOWED using Camp Based Training.
  • Government and private face-to-face meetings are FORBIDDEN.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • Food assistance from NGO / company / individual must be channeled through the District Disaster Management Committee coordinated under the District or State Disaster Operational Control Centres.

Religion

  • Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the State Religious Authority.
  • Non-Islamic religious activities are subject to the decision of the Ministry of National Unity (KPN).

Children Care

  • Childcare, private kindergartens and kindergartens in private, international and expatriate schools, and enrichment centres for children aged 4 to 6 years old are FORBIDDEN to operate, except for children whose both parents or guardians are frontliners or working in essential services.
  • Residential care centers or rehabilitation centers for children with disabilities (OKU), female senior citizens and other care centers are ALLOWED to operate in accordance to the SOP.
  • Parents or guardians sending their children to a childcare center are ALLOWED to drive with as many children as the vehicle capacity allows.

Essential Services

  • Government office operations in EMCO areas are subject to the instructions of the Chief Secretary to the Government during Phase 1 of the Movement Control Order.
  • Civil servants in essential services are limited to 20% (not including frontliners, security and defence personnel).
  • Government counter services are closed completely, except :
    a) health services
    b) police station
    c) international entry gateways involving customs, immigration and quarantine.
  • The number of workers in the private sector providing essential services is limited to 60% (including operations and management).

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.

List Of Essential Services Updated!

A. Manufacturing Sector

  • Dry Food : sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, break, milk products, grains, milk powder, biscuits, sardine, instant noodles, condensed milk, evaporated milk, salt, vermicelli, noodles, sauces, soy sauce, spices, baby food, animal food
  • Frozen Food : chicken, beef, mutton, seafood, vegetables
  • Drinks : mineral water, chocolate malt, coffee, tea, fresh milk
  • Self-care : baby diapers, adult diapers, medicines, hand sanitiser, face mask
  • Aerospace : Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)
  • Machinery and equipment (M&E) : only for the production of healthcare and food products
  • Electrical and electronics (E&E) : including its supply chains

* Only involves packaging, labelling and transportation

B. Service Sector

  • Water, electricity and energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking
  • Veterinary and animal feed
  • Security (security and safety), defence, emergency, welfare and humanitarian aid
  • Land, water and air transportation
  • Shipyard and airport port services and operations, including unloading and cargo handling, lighter transport, piloting and storage or stockpiling of commodities
  • Hotels and lodging (only for the purpose of quarantine, segregation, essential service work and not for tourism)
  • Communications include media, telecommunications and the internet, post and courier as well as broadcasting (for the purpose of conveying news, information and the like)
  • Cleaning, solid waste management and sewerage
  • Information technology and E-commerce (for messaging and deliveries only).
  • Delivery of food, beverage and parcel, including p-hailing (parcel hailing)

* Any activity that is part of chain in this service sector list.

EMCO SOP NEGATIVE LIST

  • All economic sectors, other than those listed in A. Manufacturing Sector and B. Services Sector in the Essential Services list.
  • All entertainment activities are FORBIDDEN.
  • All sports and recreational activities are FORBIDDEN. Public parks must close.
  • All tourism activities in and out, or inside EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN.
  • All official or unofficial public or private events, and any kind of social events are FORBIDDEN.
  • All forms of face-to-face seminars, courses, training, classes or any other educational or learning activities are FORBIDDEN.

 

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Can Hospitals In Malaysia Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19?

Is it true that the Malaysia Ministry of Health now allows hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label” against COVID-19?

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

 

Claim : Hospitals Now Allowed To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

This is the viral message that is circulating on WhatsApp, with a link to a FreeMalaysiaToday article, called “Hospitals can apply for ‘off-label use’ of Ivermectin, says health ministry“.

The Ministry of Health is allowing hospitals to use ivermectin “off-label”, meaning for purposes beyond what has been decreed. This is a huge step forward. Those patients who want ivermectin can ask for it.

Ivermectin acts in 3 ways.

Pre infection and in the early stage of covid-19, the drug has been shown to disrupt virus replication. This means the virus cannot multiply in your body.

If the virus has already set in before treatment, the next effect of ivermectin is to flush out the viral debris that triggers the immune response resulting in the cytokine storm which destroys lung tissue.

If ivermectin is administered late, its anti-inflammatory properties help to ease the air duct congestion and heal some of the tissue damage.

In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions. Best of all, even those who have been vaccinated can take ivermectin safely. The way ivermectin works is independent of virus variant, so all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.

The constant pressure from the ivermectin lobby has borne results. Let us all take advantage of it. If you are at risk, ask for ivermectin.

 

Truth : Hospitals Has To APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19!

The viral message is using an actual FMT article to convey a FALSE narrative. Here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : Hospitals Have To APPLY To Use Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) did not “allow” hospitals to use ivermectin as an “off-label” treatment of COVID-19.

They only said that hospitals can APPLY to the Drug Control Agency (DCA) for the “off-label” use of ivermectin.

KKM also said that the use of off-label medication “must be done in a monitored environment“.

Fact #2 : Off-Label Application Has Long Existed

The ability for hospitals to apply for off-label use of medications have long existed.

This permission to apply for off-label use isn’t something new, or exclusive to ivermectin.

Fact #3 : Patient Consent Is Also Required

As off-label use of medicine can be detrimental to the patient, it is important for the doctor to inform the patient of the risks and obtain his/her consent.

In 2012, KKM started introducing a patient consent form, which was updated in 2016, with the latest version issued on 11 March 2019.

The treating physician in the hospital is required to fully explain the risks to the patient, who must then consent to the off-label use of the medication before it can be administered.

The signed consent form is then kept as part of the patient’s record.

Fact #4 : Ivermectin Mechanism Of Action Has Not Been Determined

The person who wrote the fake message claimed that ivermectin acts against COVID-19 in 3 ways. Its mechanism of action is currently unconfirmed.

It has been PROPOSED that ivermectin acts by these mechanisms :

  • inhibiting the host cell’s importin alpha/beta-1 nuclear transport proteins
  • interfering with the attachment of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein
  • exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties

There is no evidence that ivermectin will disrupt virus replication, which occurs after the cell is infected.

There is also no evidence that ivermectin will “flush out the viral debris”, or that it is the dead virus that causes a cytokine storm.

And there is also no evidence that the (proposed) anti-inflammatory properties of ivermectin can heal tissue damage.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Breathing Difficulties Caused By Pneumonia + ARDS

The fake news writer claims that ivermectin helps to “ease the air duct congestion“. It suggests that he/she falsely believes that COVID-19 creates asthma-like breathing difficulties.

Breathing difficulty in COVID-19 is caused by pneumonia and/or ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome).

COVID-19 causes damage to the blood vessels, causing them to fluid into your lungs. The fluid fills the air sacs in your lungs, which limits their ability to take in oxygen.

You start getting breathless and ARDS develops, leaving you unable to breathe on your own. This is when you require oxygen support, or mechanical ventilation.

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Fact #6 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Proven To Work Against COVID-19

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

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

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

Fact #7 : Ivermectin Has Not Been Tested Against COVID-19 Variants

The fake news writer claims that with ivermectin “all those scary new variants don’t have to be scary anymore.

What he/she left out was the fact that ivermectin has NOT been tested against COVID-19 variants!

On the other hand, vaccines are being tested against COVID-19 variants, and we know that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines offer robust protection against the Alpha and Delta variants.

Recommended : UK COVID-19 Vaccines Very Effective Against Delta Variant!

Fact #8 : Ivermectin Isn’t Necessarily Safe

The fake news writer claimed that “In 30 years of using ivermectin for humans, there have been minimal reports of adverse reactions.

That’s probably because no one has been stupid enough to self-medicate using ivermectin!

In February 2021, Julie Weber, President of the American Association of Poison Control Centers and the director of the Missouri Poison Center warned that people are getting poisoned by fake COVID-19 cures like hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

The Missouri Poison Center also issued a warning :

There have been reports of intentional ivermectin overdoses which can cause serious symptoms such as seizures, coma, lung and heart problems.

 

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Man Receives Empty Vaccine Injection : How To Avoid This?

A man claimed that he received an EMPTY INJECTION of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what happened, and what you can do to AVOID a vaccine underdose!

 

Man Receives Empty Vaccine Injection!

On 6 July 2021, Simon Ng posted a video on the Klang Resident’s Facebook group, and detailed how he was injected with an empty syringe!

Here is our English translation, followed by the original text in Chinese :

#For those going for vaccination, please take note: I have just vaccinated at XXX gov hospital, because I brought my family members for vaccination, I am very familiar with the SOP before vaccination, let patients know that how many ML and the brand of the vaccine, and before vaccination, they will show that the needle is not empty, and empty after vaccination, nothing left. I know some locations may or may not allow video taking, so I asked before shooting, they may possible not hear me, so I continued shooting. During the process, they did not show me anything, only asked me to turn my head, and without realising, the process is completed. And I walked out of the room, and review back the video footage, which is the one footage that I attached.

Remarks: even if I get whacked, they will refuse to let me watch them vaccinate, kept asking me to turn my head away, all those unused needles (they have prepared those needles, but contents are unknown), very obvious that the end of the needle is long (they don’t allow me to take any photos), mine was obviously was already used, they are just acting only. or was that a mistake? are your experience the same? Is the syringe empty? You tell me.

#要打疫苗的请注意 本人刚刚在XXX政府医院打疫苗,由于之前有带过家人打疫苗,所以知道根据SOP是必须在打疫苗前,让对方看抽了多少ML什么品牌的疫苗,还没注射前也会给你看那支针不是空针,然后才给你注射,也会给你看注射完了,没有剩。我知道有些地方是允许拍摄有些不允许,我打之前有问了,可能他们没有听到,我就继续录影。过程中,完全没有给我看任何东西,只叫我转头,然后在毫无感觉情况下说,打好了。我就不解的走到房外,然后看我刚刚拍摄的视频,就是你们现在看到的片段,根本就是打空针!(这个视频我已经crop掉我的脸)我是4个孩子的爸爸,孩子不能打疫苗,父母的责任就是要保护好他们,打了等于没打,根本就是浪费时间,这样下去疫情什么时候才能控制下来?我回头找他们理论,最后问我想怎样?我说要求重打,他们要我删掉视频,包括recycle bin以及发给家人whatsapp里的视频,才愿意给我重打(视频我另有存档)。PO这个文,我没有别的意图,是希望大家谨慎,以及记得你的权益,我们是纳税人,我们有基本权益,疫情越来越严重,很多人等了很久也等不到疫苗,如果有打疫苗的却遇到这样的问题,最后死的还是我们百姓!现在大家已经不容易了,不要让公务人员继续欺压百姓!
备注:即使重打,他们也不允许我看,叫我转头看另一边,桌上那些还没使用的针(他们事先抽好,我们也不懂里面是什么来的),很明显针管的尾端是长的(他们不允许我拍照),我的就很明显是已经按完了的,做个样子给我打针而已。或许是误会?你们打的针也是这样?这样算不算打空针?You Tell Me.

 

Empty Vaccine Injection / Underdose : What Is It?

A vaccine underdose – which can include a completely empty syringe – is what happens when you receive less than the recommended dose of a vaccine, or none at all.

There is always the possibility of intentional underdose by someone who is secretly anti-vaccination.

But it usually happens by accident, especially in high-volume vaccination centres where doctors and nurses administer hundreds of doses a day :

  • Injection volume mix-up
  • Preparation error
  • Accidental wastage
  • Misreading of LDV syringes

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

 

Empty Vaccine Injection / Underdose : How To Avoid?

To avoid accidentally getting a partial dose of the vaccine or none at all, please make sure you follow these steps at the vaccination centre :

  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

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

Recommended : 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.

 

Empty Vaccine Injection / Underdose : What If You Received One?

If you have evidence that you received an empty injection, or a partial vaccine dose, but only noticed that after leaving the vaccination centre, do not worry.

You should reach out to the healthcare provider who administered the vaccine, as soon as you can. There is NO NEED to lodge a police report – this is not a criminal matter.

Ideally, you should be vaccinated again with the correct dose; or a “top-up dose”, if they are able to determine the shortfall.

Here in Malaysia, you can reach out to the ProtectHealth Corporation – a private entity created by Malaysia Health Ministry to manage the national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • Telephone : 03-8687-2525 / 2588
  • Email : vaksincovid@protecthealth.com.my

They will promptly address the issue – either giving you a top-up dose, or a new vaccine dose.

 

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EMCO U-Turn : Up To 3 Per Car For Vaccination / Treatment!

There is an update in the EMCO 3.0 SOP – up to three (3) people can drive out to seek medical treatment or receive their vaccination!

 

EMCO U-Turn : Up To 3 Per Car For Vaccination / Treatment!

Yesterday, the Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) released the full EMCO 3.0 SOP for KL and Selangor.

The EMCO 3.0 SOP only allowed a single person to leave a household to purchase daily essentials.

Taxis and e-hailing rides, therefore, can only pick up a single passenger, for the same purpose.

The only exception was for medical care or vaccination – up to two (2) persons can drive in their personal vehicle to seek medical care or to get vaccinated.

However, many people felt that such a limit was not only impractical, it does not prevent spread of COVID-19.

After all, what does it matter if multiple people from the same household use the same car to get vaccinations?

It appears that the government belatedly realised that. Less than 24 hours later, they released an updated EMCO 3.0 SOP with a single change :

Up to three (3) people, including the driver, are allowed to leave to seek medical care, medicine and vaccination.

Unfortunately, two (2) person limit, including the driver, for taxis and e-hailing rides remained, so they are not practical for those who need to seek medical help or to get vaccinated…

Could there be another EMCO SOP “adjustment” coming up soon? Hopefully…

 

Selected EMCO 3.0 SOP For KL + Selangor!

Here is the selected EMCO 3.0 SOP for areas that will come under the EMCO in KL and Selangor :

  • All entry and exit into EMCO areas will be closed and controlled by the police (PDRM).
  • All residents in EMCO areas are FORBIDDEN to leave their house, except for one (1) representative to purchase essential goods within a radius of 10 kilometres.
  • KKM will conduct targeted screening tests on all residents in EMCO areas.
  • JKJAV will increase the rate of vaccination in EMCO areas.
  • Interstate and inter-district travel for the purpose of going for vaccination is ALLOWED by showing the appointment in MySejahtera, website or SMS.
  • Airports and ports are allowed to operate as normal.
  • Public transportation (train, bus, airport, taxi, ferry, e-hailing ride) are allowed to operate as normal, at 50% capacity.
  • Taxis and e-hailing rides are limited to just TWO (2) people in the vehicle, including the driver.
  • No one should leave their homes after 8 PM, except for emergencies or with police permission.
  • Only essential services, like utilities, cleaning and sewerage, are allowed to operate from 8 AM until 8 PM.
  • Factories producing food and daily essentials like rice, bread loaves, sugar, cooking oil, flour, fresh milk, milk powder, medicines and face masks are allowed to operate.
  • Only those providing essential services or those conducting official government work, with employer’s letter or valid worker’s pass, are allowed to work.

Recommended : KL + Selangor EMCO / PKPD SOP : 1 July 2021 Edition!

 

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

MAECC claims that ivermectin will allow us to control COVID-19 in just 6 weeks, and the Malaysian media did not bother to fact check them.

So I took it upon myself to go through their video, and find out if what they said is true or false.

 

MAECC : Ivermectin Can Control COVID-19 In 6 Weeks!

On 21 June 2021, MAECC (Malaysian Alliance for Effective COVID Control) held a press conference, claiming that ivermectin works and can control COVID-19 in 6 weeks.

Who is MAECC? They call themselves an alliance of 6 medical and health associations, comprising of :

  • SNH : Society of Natural Health, Malaysia
  • MAAFIM : Malaysian Association for Advancement of Function and Interdisciplinary Medicine
  • PPIM : Persatuan Pengguna Islam Malaysia
  • MSCM : Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine
  • NMAM : Naturopathy Medicine Association Malaysia

 

MAECC Ivermectin Briefing : A Fact Check

Unfortunately, it appears that the Malaysian media just blindly reported on whatever MAECC said about ivermectin, and did not bother to fact-check.

So I took it upon myself to go through their video, and find out if what they said is true or false.

As always, I welcome corrections if I made any mistakes, or suggestions for improvements.

Dr. Paul E. Marik’s Presentation

The MAECC briefing started with a pre-recorded briefing by Dr. Paul E. Marik on ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

Nowhere in his presentation did he mention that ivermectin can control COVID-19 in Malaysia in just 6 weeks.

I fact checked his short presentation in my article, Ivermectin + Supplements : Better Than COVID-19 Vaccines?

MAECC Statement

Dr. Amir Farid Isahak read out the MAECC statement, calling for ivermectin and supplements to be used as a prophylaxis and treatment against COVID-19.

The official MAECC statement claimed that Malaysia can recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks” if ivermectin is allowed to be used.

Fact Check : There’s no evidence that ivermectin has helped any country recover from the COVID-19 pandemic “in a matter of weeks”.

The MAECC statement claimed that medical and healthcare practitioners and researchers have sworn the Hippocratic oath and compliant with the Nuremberg Code and the Helsinki Declaration.

Fact Check : Doctors have to comply with modern ethical standards, which are inspired by the Hippocratic oath, but not actually sworn to the Hippocratic oath per se.

The Nuremberg Code is a set of research ethics principles on human experimentation, used in the Nuremberg trials after World War 2. It has not been adopted as law or official ethics guidelines by any association or country.

The Helsinki Declaration is a set of ethical principles that govern human experimentation. It is not legally binding, but serves as a higher standard to which the medical community should abide with.

The MAECC statement went on to say that it is unethical to insist on more clinical trials to investigate the efficacy of ivermectin in all stages of COVID-19.

Fact Check : Article 32 of the Helsinki Declaration actually states that “unproven methods should be tested in the context of research where this is a reasonable belief of possible benefit”.

In other words, MAECC’s insistence that ivermectin should be used without waiting for clinical trials goes AGAINST the Helsinki Declaration.

 

MAECC Ivermectin Q&A Session : A Fact Check

Then MAECC held a Q&A session with their expert panel that consisted of :

  • Datuk Dr. Selvam Rengasamay (SAHAMM)
  • Professor Dr. Mustafa Ali (MAAFIM)
  • Dr. Abd Wahab Khalid Osman (MAAFIM)
  • Dr. Vijaendreh Subramaniam (MAAFIM)

Let’s go through what some of the panelists said about ivermectin and COVID-19. For sake of brevity, I will only address the points that I found to be false or partially false.

Claim #1 : Enough Research On Ivermectin Efficacy
Verdict : False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ali stated that the papers (studies) on ivermectin are adequate to be convinced that ivermectin works very well against COVID-19 as treatment and prophylaxis. “We are very sure of that“.

Dr. Vijaendreh somewhat contradicted Dr. Mustafa later by saying that ivermectin is “not the magic pill that will solve” COVID-19.

The truth is ivermectin has not yet been proven to be efficacious against COVID-19.

The latest ivermectin study that was published in The Lancet showed NO DIFFERENCE in clinical outcomes, even though they used TRIPLE the dose recommended by the FLCCC.

Claim #2 : A Local Ivermectin Trial Has Not Been Initiated
Verdict : False

Dr. Selvam Rengsamy recommended that the authorities use their emergency powers to initiate a trial – “If you want to do a trial to justify its use, it has to be initiated quickly“.

He also said that, “The problem is the local studies are being demanded. We have not done, but others have done.

The truth is the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) had already initiated their ivermectin trial on 6 June 2021, called I-TECH – Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients.

Claim #3 : Local Ivermectin Trial Only For Stage 3 + Stage 4
Verdict : Partially False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa later stated that there is a local ivermectin clinical trial, but it’s only for Stage 3 and Stage 4 patients.

The I-TECH trial, that is being conducted by the Institute of Medical Research, is enrolling patients with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms – Stage 2 to Stage 3.

Claim #4 : Ivermectin Can Terminate COVID-19 Transmission
Verdict : False

When asked if it is really possible that COVID-19 can be controlled in Malaysia in just 6-8 weeks, Dr. Vijaendreh said, “that claim is obviously made based on experiences in countries that have instituted such widespread usage in the population“.

Dr. Vijaendreh said that ivermectin would “terminate the transmission” of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There is no evidence of that.

Ivermectin has been shown to inhibit the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but that’s not the same thing as preventing the transmission of the virus.

In fact, this February 2021 study that was published in The Lancet showed that ivermectin did NOT reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

Dr. Vijaendreh later clarified that it may not stop transmission 100% but it will reduce it significantly. However, that remains to be confirmed.

Claim #5 : WHO Recognises Ivermectin As World’s Safest Drug
Verdict : False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ali stated that ivermectin is the “safest drug in the world recognised by WHO“.

That’s simply not true. WHO did not recognise that ivermectin (or any other drug) is the safest drug in the world.

In fact, WHO recommends that (as of 31 March 2021), ivermectin should “only be used within clinical trials“!

Ivermectin is merely one of the 460 or so drugs in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines.

Claim #6 : India, Peru, Mexico Used Ivermectin Successfully
Verdict : False

Dr. Wahab said, “India, Peru, Mexico – they have all done it. They’re doing very well. And the Philippines have also seen improvements“.

The moderator, Capt. Dr. Wong then chimed in, “Peru, Chile, Brazil, South Africa – many countries“.

That’s not true. India had earlier adopted ivermectin for use in mild or asymptomatic COVID-19, but that is no longer the case.

On 27 May 2021, India dropped ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine and favipiravir, azithromycin, doxycycline, zinc and even plasma therapy.

As for ivermectin’s efficacy in the countries they mentioned, I think it can be summarised by these charts.

Does it look like any of these countries controlled COVID-19 in 6 to 8 weeks?

Claim #6 : WHO + US CDC Do Not Endorse Anything That Works
Verdict : False

Dr. Selvam Rengsamy said that “they have never endorsed anything that works. Honestly. I mean, they don’t endorse anything that is natural, that is safe and extremely effective, with zero side effects“.

That is categorically not true, even if we merely look at the narrow context of COVID-19 treatments.

The WHO Solidarity Trial, for example, found that corticosteroids were effective in treating severe and critical COVID-19.

Hence, corticosteroids are now part of the standard of care worldwide for patients with severe or critical COVID-19.

And both the WHO and US CDC have strongly endorsed COVID-19 vaccines, which have all been proven to offer robust protection against COVID-19.

Recommended : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

Claim #7 : Ivermectin Is Only Way To Cut Chain Of Infection
Verdict : False

Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ali said in the end that there is only one solution (to cut the chain of infection) he can think of – use ivermectin.

The truth is there are many ways to cut the chain of infection. We just need to target ANY of these six links in the chain of infection :

  1. Entry Portal (how the virus gets in)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus gets in through our eyes, nose and mouth. To break this link in the chain :
    – Wear a face mask / respirator and face shield / eyewear.
    – Maintain good hand hygiene.
  2. The Reservoir (where the virus lives)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus lives in our respiratory tract. To break this link in the chain :
    – Enact lockdowns to prevent people from socialising.
    – Maintain physical distance from other people.
  3. Exit Portal (how the virus gets out)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus exits the host through droplets and aerosols. To break this link in the chain :
    – Wear a face mask / respirator.
    – Maintain physical distance from other people.
    – Improve indoor aeration.
  4. Transmission (how the virus spreads)
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads through droplets and aerosol. To break this link in the chain :
    – Enact lockdowns to prevent people from socialising.
    – Wear a face mask / respirator and face shield / eyewear.
    – Maintain good hand hygiene.
  5. Viable Host
    The SARS-CoV-2 virus can only replicate in a vulnerable host. To break this link in the chain :
    – Vaccinate against COVID-19!

Now that vaccines are readily available, getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is our best way out of this pandemic.

So stop obsessing over ivermectin and supplements as a prophylaxis. We already have prophylaxis that works – COVID-19 vaccines!

Why pop pills every single day, when you can get protected against COVID-19 with just 1 to 2 injections?

 

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

The latest study on the effectiveness of Ivermectin on COVID-19 was just published in The Lancet.

Take a look at what it really said about how effective Ivermectin is in treating COVID-19!

 

Latest Ivermectin COVID-19 Study On The Lancet

Alejandro Krolewiecki et. al. just published a research paper in The Lancet called “Antiviral effect of high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19: A proof-of-concept randomized trial“.

It is being heralded as more evidence that ivermectin works against COVID-19.

Let’s take a closer look at this study, and find out what it REALLY says about ivermectin and COVID-19…

 

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

For those who want a simple TLDR summary of this ivermectin study :

  • This was a small pilot study of just 45 patients who were hospitalised with COVID-19.
  • It provided additional evidence that high-dose ivermectin of up to 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days is safe.
  • Patients responded differently to high-dose ivermectin – about half had low plasma levels, and the other half had high plasma levels.
  • Low plasma levels of ivermectin showed no ability to reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load
  • High plasma levels of ivermectin can reduce SARS-CoV-2 viral load at a higher rate.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters.
  • High-dose IVM did not improve clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30.

This study provided some in-vivo evidence to back up earlier in-vitro (in the lab) studies that showed ivermectin inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 in African green monkey kidney cells.

While the study authors believe that the results warrant further research, it is really another nail in the coffin for ivermectin’s efficacy against COVID-19.

Despite tripling the standard dose and using it for 5 doses (instead of a single dose), there was NO IMPROVEMENT in the symptoms or outcome of any of the patient in this study.

Even though the study is small, it helps to confirm that ivermectin’s antiviral property is dependent on plasma level (not dose), and that it appears to be safe when taken as a triple dose for 5 days.

For those who want more details, here is a summary of the Krolewiecki et. al. study on using high-dose ivermectin in adults with COVID-19 :

Purpose Of This Study

  • To evaluate the antiviral activity of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the safety profile of high-dose ivermectin
  • To evaluate the potential clinical utility of ivermectin in COVID-19
  • To evaluate the relationship between IVM plasma concentration and COVID-19 viral load

Study Design

  • Pilot study of 45 participants, recruited between 18 May and 9 September, 2020.
  • Patients were between 18 and 69 years of age, and had RT-PCR confirmed COVID-19.
  • Patients were hospitalised but did not require intensive care.
  • Patients had up to 5 days of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Patients did not use any other drugs with potential activity against COVID-19, like immunomodulators, hydroxychloroquine, lopinavir, remdesivir and azithromycin.
  • The trial was randomised, but not blinded to both patients or the team treating them.

Ivermectin Dose

  • Patients in the IVM group received 600 µg/kg of ivermectin for 5 days.
  • Available data on ivermectin showed that 600 µg/kg is safe when taken for up to 3 days.

Note : Standard treatment for strongyloidiasis or onchocerciasis is a single dose of ivermectin at 200 µg/kg.

Study Results

  • The high-dose, multi-day ivermectin treatment was well-tolerated, with grade 1 and grade 2 side effects. The most common side effect was rashes of up to 24 hours (10%).
  • Overall, there was NO difference in viral load between the control group and the IVM group.

  • Patients who received high-dose ivermectin had different plasma levels
    – 11 out of 20 (55%) had less than 160 ng/mL
    – 9 out of 20 (45%) had over 160 ng/mL
  • Patients with lower IVM plasma level (<160 ng/mL) had slightly lower viral load reduction than the control group.
  • Only patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) had a “statistically significant” higher viral load reduction than the control group.

  • This is arguably the most significant finding in this study – patients with higher IVM plasma level (>160 ng/mL) showed significantly higher viral decay rate.

  • There were no differences in clinical symptoms, signs or laboratory parameters between the control and IVM groups.
  • There was no significant difference in clinical outcomes at Day 7 and Day 30 between the control and IVM groups.

 

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Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

Malaysia just kicked off an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients!

Here is what we know about Ivermectin and the new I-TECH Study!

 

Ivermectin : Why The Interest In Malaysia?

Ivermectin is an US FDA-approved broad-spectrum anti-parasitic agent, that is on the WHO List of Essential Medicines.

In use since 1981 against parasitic diseases like onchocerciasis, strongyloidiasis and helminthiasis, it has a known safety profile, and is relatively cheap.

It is also routinely used to treat parasitic worms in animals, and is used as a prophylaxis against heartworm in dogs.

Recently, the Malaysia Ministry of Health came under pressure by an unknown NGO who called themselves CIVDAC – Coalition on Integrity of Vaccines & Drugs Against COVID-19.

While their claims were debunked, it appears that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is opting to allocate precious resources to counter CIVDAC claims that they are not looking into Ivermectin seriously.

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Malaysia Kicks off Ivermectin Trial For COVID-19 Patients!

On 6 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they started an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients called the I-TECH Study.

The I-TECH Study is a multi-centre open-label randomised controlled trial conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR).

The name I-TECH is short for Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients was approved by the Medical Research and Ethics Committee (MREC) on 25 May 2021.

It is being carried out by infectious disease physicians at Hospital Raja Permaisuri Bainun in Ipoh and a team of specialists and Clinical Research Centres at twelve MOH hospitals.

This study will enrol a total of 500 subjects from 50 years and older high-risk patients, who were admitted to MOH hospitals with mild or moderate COVID-19 symptoms (Stage 2-3).

They will be given either an Ivermectin treatment with a specific dose and specific duration, or the current standard of care alone.

This will allow the ICR to determine the efficacy of Ivermectin in preventing the progression of COVID-19 to severe disease (Stage 4-5), and the mortality outcomes.

The ICR has setup a Data Monitoring Board (DMB) consisting of independent infectious disease physicians, clinical trial pharmacists and methodological experts to safeguard the trial patients.

The I-TECH Study started with the First-Patient-In on 31 May 2021, with a total of 8 patients enrolled by 6 June 2021. They expect the study to be completed by September 2021.

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : 4 June 2021 Edition!

Here is the latest COVID-19 vaccine plan for Malaysia, as announced by the Ministry of Health.

We will keep this article updated over time, so check back for more updates!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Five Vaccines Purchased So Far

Malaysia has so far signed agreements to purchase five vaccines in 2021 :

That is enough COVID-19 vaccine doses to immunise up to 37.85 million people – roughly 118% of the adult population in Malaysia.

This does not mean that there are excess vaccine doses, because Malaysia has also committed to vaccinating foreign residents in Malaysia.

And there will come a time when children may also be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for the COVID-19 vaccine plan :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. The telephone hotline : 1800-888-828
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

Registration for dependents, including domestic helpers (maids), started on 19 March 2021.

Manual registration at private and public clinics, as well as health offices, started on 5 April 2021.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Phase 2 In Progress!

The Phase 2 public vaccination against COVID-19 kicked off on 19 April 2021, with vaccines from PfizerAstraZeneca and Sinovac.

On 12 April 2021, JKJAV approved the Sinovac vaccine for use in people aged 60 years and above.

On 27 May 2021, JKJAV decided to reintroduce AstraZeneca to the main vaccination programme, after making it optional.

Those selected will be notified by MySejahtera and/or SMS, and given 48 hours to accept their appointments, failing which they will be rescheduled.

You can now check your COVID-19 vaccination appointment and status online using the JKJAV Vaccine Appointment Checker (English / Bahasa Malaysia).

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COVID-19 Vaccine : How To Register / Remove Dependents?

Here is our video guide on how to register for COVID-19 vaccination for your dependents using MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the registration, to correct for mistakes.

If you wish to remove your vaccine dependent, you can follow our guide here.

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How To Arrange For Joint Vaccine Appointments?

You are allowed to apply for joint vaccine appointments.

All you have to do is call 1800-888-828 to make that request, once you receive the first appointment.

JKJAV will respond within 48 hours. But please DO NOT go the vaccination centre, without the updated appointments.

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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : What’s The Process?

On the day of your COVID-19 vaccination, please go through this “checklist” before heading to the vaccination centre :

  1. Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Have a good meal and drink some water.
  3. Make sure you do not have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
  4. Bring your smartphone with MySejahtera installed, and your identification – MyKad or passport.
  5. If you have medications for your pre-existing conditions, please bring them too.
  6. Bring your own pen, and something stiff to write on.
  7. Make sure you wear a face mask when you leave your house.
  8. Please DO NOT take painkillers before your vaccination!

The COVID-19 vaccination process is very easy, as the video below demonstrates.

But if you are worried, you can check out our detailed step-by-step explanation of the vaccination process.

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COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia : Check The Dose!

There have been a few cases where vaccine recipients have been given less than the recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In other cases, it is likely that the vaccine recipients misread the volume of LDV syringes, which are different from regular syringes.

To avoid such misunderstandings, healthcare workers are now asked to show the vaccine recipient the pre-filled syringes before vaccination, and the empty syringe after vaccination.

LDV syringes though, have a special long rubber plunger – the black part. Most people misread it by looking at the tip of this long plunger.

It should be read from the first ring of the LDV plunger, as the picture below shows.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine : No Longer Optional!

Due to bad publicity and viral fake news on social media, the government took the AstraZeneca vaccine off the mainstream vaccination programme.

It was made available at special vaccination centres, to anyone aged 18 or older who wishes to accept it voluntarily.

Both the AstraZeneca 1.0 and AstraZeneca 2.0 programmes proved to be so popular, the government decided to reintroduce the vaccine to the main vaccination programme.

The government also announced that the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine will be set at 12 weeks, instead of 4 weeks.

However, you can ask for an earlier second dose, if you need to travel for work or study.

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How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera

MySejahtera allows you to report side effects, but the option isn’t readily apparent.

So here’s our video guide on how to report vaccine effects in MySejahtera.

It’s the same process, whether you are using an Apple iPhone, or an Android smartphone.

Don’t worry about making mistakes. You can redo the report, to correct for mistakes or update it.

For a pictorial guide, see our article How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

Those who successfully completed their COVID-19 vaccination will receive :

  • an electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate in MySejahtera
  • a physical My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Injury Fund : Up To RM500K!

Officially called Bantuan Khas Kewangan Kesan Mudarat Vakin COVID-19 (Special Financial Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine Adverse Effects), this COVID-19 vaccine injury fund will pay out :

  • RM 50,000 for serious side effects that requires extended hospitalisation
  • RM 500,000 for permanent disability or death from the COVID-19 vaccine

It will receive an initial funding of RM 10 million (US$2.5 million) under the National Disaster Relief Trust Fund.

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Private COVID-19 Vaccines : Free + Paid Options Coming!

The vaccines are currently administered at 600 locations across the country, that consist of :

  • Ministry of Health healthcare facilities
  • Ministry of Defence facilities
  • University hospitals

On 29 March 2021, Malaysia announced that the free COVID-19 vaccines will also be available at private clinics and hospitals starting 19 April 2021.

As of 12 April 2021, over 2300 private clinics have registered to take part in the vaccination programme. The 203 private hospitals in Malaysia could follow suit.

Private hospitals could be allowed to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines in Q3 or Q4 2021.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Three Phases

The Malaysia COVID-19 vaccine program will kick off on 24 February 2021, with the arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech BNT162b2 vaccine, and last until February 2022.

Phase 1 : 24 February – April 2021

Phase 1 will involve immunising 500,000 front line workers, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : public and private healthcare workers
  • Group 2 : frontliners providing essential services and national defence (like teachers, the police, civil defence (RELA), firefighters, rescue workers, and the armed forces).

* Originally scheduled to start in first week of March, it was brought forward to 24 February 2021.

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Phase 2 : 19 April – August 2021

Phase 2 will focus on immunising 9.4 million high-risk adults, divided into two groups :

  • Group 1 : remaining healthcare workers and frontliners (including defence)
  • Group 2 : senior citizens 60 years or olderdisabled adults, and vulnerable adults with chronic diseases, like heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension

This phase kicks off on 19 April 2021, with eligible recipients being notified as early as 5 April 2021.

Phase 3 : May 2021 – February 2022

Phase 3 will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to the rest of the population :

  • adults 18 years or older
    – prioritised from red zones > yellow zones > green zones

This may be the last phase, but it is the most critical phase to build herd immunity that will protect the rest of the population that cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine : FREE For ALL Citizens + Foreign Residents

The COVID-19 vaccines will be provided FREE for all Malaysian citizens, as well as foreign residents.

Registration for domestic helpers (maids) started on 19 March 2021.

On top of that, vulnerable foreigners will be included in Phase 2 of the vaccination programme.

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Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Malaysia : Both Doses Reserved

On 13 February 2021, Dr. Kalaiarasu Periasamy, the Director of the Institute of Clinical Research (ICR) announced the Malaysia Ministry of Health’s “One Dose Injected, One Dose Reserved” strategy.

Two doses will be reserved for each person, with the second dose administered 21 days after the first dose, as recommended by Pfizer and BioNTech.

The second dose for the Sinovac vaccine will be administered 14 days after the first dose.

The second dose for the AstraZeneca vaccine will be administered 12 weeks after the first dose.

When you arrive to a vaccination centre, you will be registered for both doses. You will be given a vaccination card, and registered in the MySejahtera app as well.

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Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccine Plan : Path To 80% Coverage

Malaysia originally aimed to achieve vaccination coverage of 82.8% of the adult population, approximately 26.5 million people.

But in their 5 February 2021 update, the Ministry of Health now aim to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Path To 80% COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage

This is what the COVID-19 vaccine supply will be like for the adult population in Malaysia :

  • 46.4% will receive the COMIRNATY vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech
  • 34.9% will receive the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac Biotech
  • 9.3% will receive the AZD1222 vaccine from AstraZeneca-Oxford
  • 9.3% will receive the Sputnik V vaccine from Gamaleya Research Institute.

Why So Many Vaccines?

According to KKM, they decided to purchase from different vaccine manufacturers to ensure a sufficient supply of vaccines.

We had earlier pointed out that it was impossible for any one, or two, or even three vaccine manufacturer to manufacture enough vaccines to vaccinate the entire world.

It only makes sense that Malaysia will need to purchase from multiple companies to receive enough doses to vaccinate its population.

The only problem with using six different vaccines? Healthcare workers and logistics will need to keep track and deal with different administration and storage requirements.

While it may be possible to avoid that by allocating different vaccines by location, it would make for poor optics and possibly poorer uptake of the vaccination program.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe from the SARS-CoV-2 virus :

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Revision History

2021-06-04 : Vaccine underdose, LDV syringe reading, vaccine dependent registration and removal, AstraZeneca vaccine, painkillers, many other changes

2021-04-28 : Vaccination process, joint vaccinations, AstraZeneca vaccine, other changes
2021-04-14 : Phase 2 vaccination updates, side effect reporting, vaccination appointments, private clinics + hospitals
2021-04-06 : Details of CanSino Convidecia vaccine. Manual registration at private and public clinics.
2021-03-30 : Phase 2 details, free + paid vaccines at private clinics and hospitals.
2021-03-25 : New vaccine purchases, vaccine injury fund, domestic helper registration.
2021-03-18 : My COVID-19 Vaccination Badge, dependent registration.
2021-02-12 : 5 ways to sign up for COVID-19 vaccination programme
2021-02-05 : KKM’s plan to immunise 25.6 million people in Malaysia.
2021-01-28 : CoronaVac and Sputnik V vaccine purchase.
2021-01-12 : Added the additional purchase of the Pfizer vaccine.
Originally posted @ 2020-12-31

 

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LDV Syringe : How To Read The Volume Correctly?

Most COVID-19 vaccination programmes use LDV syringes to reduce vaccine wastage, but people are misreading them.

Find out why LDV syringes are being used, and how to read them properly!

 

LDV Syringe : What Is It?

Low dead volume (LDV) or low dead space (LDS) syringes and needles are specially designed to reduce wastage.

Most COVID-19 vaccination programmes are using these LDV / LDS syringes and needles to minimise vaccine wastage in each shot.

A normal syringe, for example, will have about 0.1 ml of fluid left after a full injection. A LDV syringe / needle can reduce that to just 0.003 ml!

These special syringes and needles allow a skilled healthcare worker to extract an extra dose or two from each vial of COVID-19 vaccine.

 

LDV Syringe : How To Read The Volume Correctly?

There have been a few cases where vaccine recipients have been given less than the recommended dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In other cases, it is likely that the vaccine recipients misread the volume of LDV syringes, which are different from regular syringes.

To avoid such misunderstandings, healthcare workers are now asked to show the vaccine recipient the pre-filled syringes before vaccination, and the empty syringe after vaccination.

However, vaccine recipients must first understand how much COVID-19 vaccine should be in the syringe, and how to read the volume correctly!

How Much Volume For Each Vaccine Shot?

Different vaccines have different recommended volumes. Most vaccines are titrated with a recommended dose volume of 0.5 ml, but not Pfizer.

Vaccines Dose Volume
Pfizer COMIRNATY 0.3 ml
AstraZeneca Vaxzevria 0.5 ml
Sinovac CoronaVac 0.5 ml

How To Read LDV Syringes

Low dead volume needles are used with regular syringes, and are read normally. So they are not a problem.

LDV syringes though, have a special long rubber plunger – the black part. Most people misread it by looking at the tip of this long plunger.

It should be read from the first ring of the LDV plunger, as the picture below shows.

If you are not aware of this, you would probably think the LDV syringe contained only 0.35 ml of vaccine. In reality, it contains 0.5 ml of the vaccine.

Don’t forget to also check the vial, to verify you are getting the right COVID-19 vaccine – to avoid potential mix-ups in vaccination centres that offer different COVID-19 vaccines.

 

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ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

We have an ICU crisis in Malaysia – ICUs in the Klang Valley are now at 113% capacity!

Find out what’s going on, and what we can do to prevent this ICU crisis from escalating!

 

ICU Crisis : Klang Valley ICUs Now At 113% Capacity!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has warned us about this for some time now, and the day has arrived when our ICUs are all full.

On 22 May 2021, the Director General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that ICU usage in the Klang Valley has reached 113%!

The worst affected hospitals are Kajang Hospital and Banting Hospital, with 317% and 200% ICU occupancy!

Just take a look at these shocking statistics!

Hospitals Total ICU
Bed Capacity
COVID-19
ICU Beds
COVID-19
Patients
COVID-19 ICU
Bed Usage
Sungai Buloh 80 80 89 111%
Selayang 51 33 24 73%
Ampang 23 15 17 113%
Tuanku
Ampuan
Rahimah
51 41 48 117%
Serdang 52 32 55 172%
Shah Alam 18 12 11 92%
Banting 10 4 8 200%
Kajang 8 6 19 317%
Kuala Lumpur 72 64 63 98%
Putrajaya 20 8 7 88%
PPUM 55 32 30 94%
Tuanku Mizan
Military Hospital
12 7 6 86%
TOTAL 452 334 377 113%

 

ICU Crisis : How Did KKM Expand ICUs Beyond 100%?

You may be wondering how KKM managed to expand hospital ICUs beyond 100%.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced on 19 May 2021 that they were able to increase the number of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients by repurposing normal wards.

They basically turned normal wards into temporary ICUs by adding ICU equipment to the beds already there. However, ICUs are more than just beds with equipment.

They need to be manned 24 hours a day, with medical staff monitoring patients under their care in three shifts.

So, this is not an ideal situation, but it allows the Health Ministry to avoid turning away patients with severe COVID-19… for now.

Here are pictures of the ICUs in HTAR (Tuanku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital), filled with critical COVID-19 patients.

 

How To Prevent Escalation Of This ICU Crisis?

We need to help KKM prevent a further escalation of this ICU crisis by STRICTLY enforcing COVID-19 precautions.

  1. Staying home and restricting travel to only what’s essential.
  2. Wear a face mask, preferably N95 or at least a surgical mask, when out in public.
  3. Maintain physical distance of 1-2 metres from strangers.
  4. Maintain good hand hygiene at all times.

 

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

Should you take painkillers BEFORE or AFTER your COVID-19 vaccination?

Or is it true that painkillers can KILL YOU if you take it with your COVID-19 vaccine???

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination + Painkillers : What’s Going On?

Some people have been taking painkillers BEFORE getting their COVID-19 vaccine, to reduce the injection pain and side effects like fever and muscle ache.

On the other hand, other people are saying that painkillers are dangerous if taken after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Recently, an Indian doctor died after being injected with a painkiller, after she received her first dose of the AstraZeneca (Covishield) vaccine.

So is it safe to take painkillers before or after getting the COVID-19 vaccine?

 

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

Here is the short TLDR answer :

You should NOT take painkillers BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination, and if possible, try not to take painkillers after vaccination either.

However, if you feel really uncomfortable, you can take over-the-counter painkillers (preferably acetaminophen / paracetamol) with your doctor’s advice.

For those who wish to learn more about painkillers and COVID-19 vaccination, here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Fever + Muscle Pain From COVID-19 Vaccine Only Last A Few Days

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking that there is a real infection, triggering an immune response that causes “side effects” like injection site pain, fever and muscle aches.

These side effects are really your body’s natural immune response to any infection, and are therefore welcome signs that the vaccines are doing their jobs.

They also last only a few days, generally subsiding within the first 1-2 days. If they persist after a few days, you should seek medical attention.

Fact #2 : CDC Advises Against Painkillers Before COVID-19 Vaccination

The US CDC recently updated its guidance on March 16, 2021, to :

  • avoid taking painkillers BEFORE getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • treat post-vaccination fever by drinking plenty of fluids and dressing lightly
  • treat pain and discomfort with a cool and wet washcloth, and using or exercising the arm
  • take over-the-counter painkillers after COVID-19 vaccination, with your doctor’s advice

Fact #3 : Painkillers Could Dampen COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy

Research have shown that certain painkillers may dampen the body’s response to vaccines. One study even showed that NDAIDs reduce the body’s cytokine and antibody response to an actual COVID-19 infection.

According to Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, the division chief of infectious diseases at the University of Utah Health :

“It is not recommended to take a pain reliever before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, as it may theoretically reduce your immune response to the vaccines.”

For maximum efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, you should try to avoid taking any painkiller for the fever or muscle ache.

But you should not worry too much about the reduction in vaccine efficacy either. If you are feeling under the weather, it is fine to take over-the-counter painkillers with your doctor’s advice.

Fact #4 : Acetaminophen / Paracetamol Could Work Better

The CDC says that OTC painkillers like ibuprofen, acetaminophen (paracetamol), aspirin and antihistamines are safe to take after getting vaccinated.

If you want to be extra cautious, take acetaminophen or paracetamol – which are commonly known as Tylenol or Panadol or PCM.

Acetaminophen is the better choice, because it works differently from NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which a study on mice has suggested that it might lower production of antibodies.

The CDC itself recommends that pregnant women use acetaminophen (paracetamol) to treat post-vaccination fever.

Fact #5 : The Doctor Died From Anaphylactic Shock

The tragic death of Dr. Hari Harini was due to anaphylactic shock, likely from the painkiller – Diclofenac sodium, that her husband administered just hours before.

However, this incident has nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine she received, because :

  • severe anaphylaxis is a known, if rare, adverse reaction of Diclofenac sodium,
  • she started vomiting and fell unconscious within hours of receiving the injection.
  • the incident occurred a month after she received her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The evidence therefore suggests that her death was due to the painkiller itself, and not the vaccine.

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Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Did American infectious disease expert, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, die from COVID-19, even after he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19?

Find out what the FACTS really are, and if it is truly pointless to vaccinate against COVID-19!

Updated @ 2021-05-08 : Snopes’ inability to verify facts, more details on vaccine breakthrough infections, and Dr. Kapila’s alleged infection by Indian variant.

Updated @ 2021-05-06 : Verified that Dr. Kapila was fully vaccinated with Pfizer vaccine, and contracted COVID-19 in India, and many other updates.
Updated @ 2021-05-05 : Added unverified claims of heart attack.
Originally posted @ 2021-05-04

 

Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Professor Dr. Rajendra Kapila – an 81-year old infectious disease expert at the Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School passed away on 28 April 2021.

This was first reported by Professor Nancy Connell, Vice-chair for Research in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Professor Robert A. Schwartz, the Head of Dermatology, and Professor at the Medicine, Paediatrics, as well as Preventive Medicine and Community Health departments, also posted the news in a tweet :

Condolences to the family of Rajendra Kapila, the @RutgersU professor, @CityofNewarkNJ physician, and  @USArmy veteran who advocated for the finest healthcare attainable for all. He will be remembered for his unmatched sagacity and conduct exemplarily of the @AOA_society motto.

It was later verified by Dr. Asit Khanna, who posted it in the Corona Fatalities and Infections in healthcare workers Worldwide group in Facebook.

According to the Dr. Asit, Dr. Rajendra Kapila went to Ghaziabad in India to look after his ailing father-in-law, contractor COVID-19, and succumbed to it.

According to Dr. Ruby Bansal, who said she was personally involved in his care, he tested RT-PCR positive for COVID-19 at the Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital in Kaushambi, and took his last breath at the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi.

A WhatsApp message then offered even more details on his condition. While we cannot corroborate the details, they seem plausible.

Prof. Kapila 83 years of age had history of Diabetes and CAD S/P stents. He had received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine a month before leaving for India.

During his visit he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized for 4 days but signed out against medical advice.

Thereafter he was admitted to a different hospital where he continued to recover from Covid pneumonia and at anytime did not require any assisted breathing.

On the seventh day he passed away following a massive heart attack in the early morning hours.
Myocardial ischemia, MI and sudden death are known to occur with circadian variation and peak after waking in the morning.

Waking in the morning, physical exertion, and mental stress influence plasma epinephrine levels, coronary blood flow, platelet aggregability, and endothelial function.

A relationship between COVID-19 infection and cardiovascular disease is also well established.

People who are 65 and older or with chronic conditions are at increased risk of cardiac complications.

Patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the setting of pre existing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension have increased risk of severe disease and death.

Potential mechanisms of cardiovascular injury include hypoxemia, myocarditis, thrombosis, stress cardiomyopathy and myocardial inflammation from the cytokine storm.

A significant number of patients who recover from COVID-19 have heart damage caused by the virus due to inflammation, even in mild cases.

mRNA vaccine efficacy is 95% which means that there is only a 5% chance of mild to moderate disease following 2 weeks after full vaccination.

The vaccines provide 100% protection from severe illness and death.

Prof. Kapila suffered mild to moderate Covid and did not progress to severe illness at any time.

He being 83 coupled with the history of CAD and complicated by Covid infection likely contributed to his sudden demise.

There is no justification to claim that this was a Covid vaccination failure.

Prof. Kapila was a good friend and will be remembered for his teaching and HIV research.

On 5 May 2021, the Hindustan Times reported that Dr. Kapila returned to India with his wife, Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila in the last week of March 2021, and stayed in Ghaziabad.

He was supposed to return to the US by the second week of April, but was instead tested positive on 8 April 2021 and admitted to the Shanti Mukand Hospital in Delhi where he passed away, as Dr. Ruby Bansal above stated.

His wife, a microbiologist who has been working in a COVID-19 lab in New Jersey said that they both received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine in the US, and that “it is ironic that we came to Indian for two weeks and he contracted it here.

Finally, on 7 May 2021, the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School issued an official statement, confirming that Dr. Kapila passed away.

Both Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and University Hospital are saddened by the untimely passing of Rajendra Kapila, MD, Professor of Medicine.

For 50 years, Dr. Kapila served as a foundational pillar of New Jersey Medical School, the Martland Hospital and University Hospital where he provided care to tens of thousands of patients and trained numerous generations of medical students, residents and fellows. A genuine giant in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Kapila was recognized world-wide and sought out for his legendary knowledge and extraordinary clinical acumen in diagnosing and treating the most complex infectious diseases. Dr. Kapila founded the Division of Infectious Diseases and facilitated its continued and extraordinary growth and development into one of the leading infectious diseases programs in the country.

We will update this article, as and when we know more.

 

WHY Did Dr. Rajendra Kapila Die From COVID-19 After Vaccination?

Of the thousands of healthcare workers who died from COVID-19, why did netizens pick Dr. Rajendra Kapila’s story to go viral?

The news of his passing was tied to comments that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer vaccine, and his death shows that it may not be effective against the new Indian double mutation variant.

Here is one example :

Dr Rajendra Kapila, Infectious disease expert with Rutgers University was visiting India due to his father in-law’s poor health. He got infected with covid and died yesterday in India.

His friends here are sad and in disbelief how quickly he passed away. Apparently, he had both shots vaccines here before he left for India. Irony is he was infectious disease doctor.

So sad to know this. Looks like the vaccine may not be as effective with the new variants.
After two Pfizer vaccines shots in US , this doctor travelled to india to see his parents and succumbed to Indian variant

Vaccination is not effective with variants. Please exercise caution.

So what are the facts? Let’s take a look…

Fact #1 : Snopes Is Not Always Correct

I know some of you came from Snopes, who claimed that we are a fringe news outlet. The truth is – we have been debunking fake news on Tech ARP long before Snopes ever existed – since 1998!

Snopes may be recognised as a leading fact-checking website, but they expanded too fast and their writers are not infallible.

As of 8 May 2021, they still say that they are “not able to determine if Kapila had been fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 using the Pfizer vaccine”. Neither were they able to “confirm whether he was diagnosed with COVID-19 following his vaccination.

Seriously?? We had already verified on 6 May 2021 (the last Snopes update) that his wife confirmed that Dr. Kapila was not only fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer vaccine, he was infected with COVID-19 in India.

Perhaps, because they are not doctors, they do not understand the concept of breakthrough infections. Perhaps they should look at bringing in medical experts to fact-check medical facts…

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

Fact #2 : Dr. Kapila Was Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

On 6 May 2021, Dr. Kapila’s wife – Dr. Deepti Saxena-Kapila – confirmed that they were both fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, before flying to India.

She also confirmed that he contracted COVID-19 in India, calling it ironic since she worked at a COVID-19 lab and they had both been taking precautions at home and in India.

It is a shame that Snopes still is unable to verify that, despite numerous major news organisations confirming it.

Fact #3 : Breakthrough Infections Can Happen After Vaccination

While antivaxxers are using Dr. Kapila’s case as a “lesson” in how useless COVID-19 vaccines are, that is really not the case.

It is certainly plausible for a fully-vaccinated person to still get infected by COVID-19. That’s because vaccines do not directly protect you against infections.

Rather, COVID-19 vaccines are basically training boot camps for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

But like all training programmes we undergo in life, not all students graduate with flying marks. And so it is with our immune systems – not all of them will learn from the vaccines well enough.

Even the most efficacious vaccines, like the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, have an efficacy of “just” 94-95%. That means a small number of people can still get infected even after they are fully vaccinated.

These infections are known as breakthrough infections, and they will keep happening until we achieve herd immunity.

To prevent them, we have to quickly vaccinate everyone against COVID-19. Even herd immunity at the workplace can greatly cut down on breakthrough infections!

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW

Fact #4 : We Don’t Know If Dr. Kapila Was Infected With Indian Variant

Despite claims that Dr. Kapila was infected with the Indian variant – B.1.617, that cannot be confirmed.

In fact, it is unlikely that it would ever be revealed, as it would require :

a) genome sequencing of a virus sample from Dr. Kapila,
b) his wife to be informed about the results, and
c) his wife to publicly release that information.

So we should ignore anyone who claims he was infected with the B.1.617 variant, unless it is backed with evidence.

Fact #5 : We Don’t Know Much About Indian Variant Right Now

The new Indian variant – called B.1.617 – isn’t really new. It was first detected in India in December 2020.

It is called a double mutant variant, because it has two key mutations that affect the spike protein it uses to attach to our cells.

  • E484Q : similar to the E484K mutation see in the South African (B.1.351) and Brazil (P.1) variants, it changes part of the spike protein
  • L452R : first seen in the B.1.427 / B.1.429 variants from California, it could increase the spike protein’s ability to bind to human cells, increasing its infectivity.

There is much that we currently do not know about the Indian B.1.617 variant, including whether these mutations will allow it to “bypass” the training offered by current vaccines.

We also do not know if the mutations make the virus more virulent (dangerous), as well as infectious (more likely to infect).

Nevertheless, it would make sense to continue with our COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

Dr Rajendra Kapila at EDPACON Delhi 2018. Photo Credit : Dr. Ruby Bansal

Fact #6 : Spike Protein Mutations May Reduce Vaccine Efficacy

Most COVID-19 vaccines work by teaching the immune system how to identify the spike protein of the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The immune system then creates antibodies against the spike protein, and that is what protects people who are vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, mutations that change the shape of the spike protein, changing how it appears to our immune system. It would be like a spy putting on a moustache to change how he looks.

This may or may not allow the new SARS-CoV-2 variant to evade your immune system that is keeping an eye out for the original variant it trained against.

Significant changes in the spike protein may also prevent the antibodies created against the original variant to bind to the new variant.

To prevent these mutations, we must rapidly cut down on infections through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #7 : Mutations Increase With Infections

SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, which naturally mutates at a high rate with every infection. With over 150 million cases, it is not surprising to see so many significant mutations.

We can expect more and more mutations, with new variants created, as long as people are getting infected.

That is why it is important to break the chain of infection through strict lockdowns and/or mass vaccinations.

Fact #8 : Mutations Do Not Necessarily Increase Virulence

The mutations occur randomly, but natural selection would favour a virus that is more transmissible but less virulent.

A successful virus is one that evolves to be highly infectious, but does not kill its host… at least not too quickly!

A particularly virulent virus, like Ebola, that quickly kills its host will not be very successful at spreading as it is less likely to infect other hosts.

So please do NOT panic unnecessarily over the Indian variant, or whatever new variant appears.

Focus on what matters – cutting infections and deaths. And how do we do that? By vaccinating everyone ASAP!

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW!

This is incredible – the COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough rate is only 0.003% for healthcare workers!

Find out why this is evidence of localised herd immunity, and how you can take advantage of this phenomenon!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What Is It?

COVID-19 vaccines greatly protect you from severe disease and prevent death, but even the best COVID-19 vaccine cannot 100% protect you from getting infected.

When someone who is fully vaccinated gets infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this is known as a vaccine breakthrough infection.

The US CDC itself defines a vaccine breakthrough case as a “person who has SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen detected on a respiratory specimen collected ≥14 days after completing the primary series of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What Should We Expect?

The vaccine breakthrough rate can be calculated based on their reported efficacy rates, using this formula :

(100% – Vaccine Efficacy %) x Attack Rate

The COVID-19 attack rate in Malaysia is about 1.0%, so that should give us these estimated vaccine breakthrough rates :

Vaccine Efficacy Breakthrough Rate
Pfizer COMIRNATY 95% (100% – 95%) x 1%
= 0.05%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.7% (100% – 50.7%) x 1%
= 0.494%

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Rate Only 0.003% For HCW!

Amidst the rising tide of COVID-19 cases, here is a ray of hope.

On 19 April 2021, the Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) announced that only NINE (9) healthcare workers contracted COVID-19, out of 272,019 who were fully vaccinated!

That means the breakthrough rate for healthcare workers is only 0.0033%!

Even if we assume that they all received the more efficacious Pfizer vaccine, the vaccine breakthrough rate is 15X lower than expected!

This is even more astounding because healthcare workers are at much higher risk of contracting COVID-19, because they work with infected patients, some of whom are asymptomatic and undetected.

We would expect healthcare workers to suffer from a much higher attack rate than the general population, and therefore suffer more vaccine breakthrough infections.

Yet the opposite happened… WHY?

 

Evidence Of Localised Herd Immunity?

I believe this could be evidence of localised herd immunity at work.

Phase 1 of the vaccination programme focused exclusively on frontline workers, especially healthcare workers.

Once these healthcare workers were all vaccinated, they provided each other with indirect protection at the workplace.

In other words – their workplace herd immunity is protecting them against breakthrough infections!

Employers should therefore take note of this phenomenon. If you can quickly vaccinate enough of your workforce, you can benefit from herd immunity at your workplace!

This protective bubble will greatly reduce the risk of any COVID-19 breakthrough infections, and virtually eliminate outbreaks at the workplace.

 

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Why Healthcare Workers Get Infected After Vaccination?

Healthcare workers in Malaysia are getting infected with COVID-19, even after vaccination.

Find out what’s going on, and what these post-vaccination infections really mean!

 

Healthcare Workers Are Getting Infected After Vaccination

On 17 April 2021, the Malaysia Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, announced that 182 healthcare workers have tested positive for COVID-19 after vaccination :

  • 142 after receiving their first dose
  • 40 after receiving their second dose
    – 9 cases : more than 2 weeks after second dose
    – 31 cases : less than 2 weeks after second dose

He noted that all of them had less severe symptoms, and reminded everyone to continue with 3C + 3W precautionary measures, even after vaccination :

  • Avoid the 3Cs – Crowded places, Close-contact settings, Confined and enclosed spaces
  • Practice the 3Ws – Wash hands frequently, Wear a face mask, Watch your distance

 

Why Healthcare Workers Get Infected After Vaccination?

After Dr. Hisham wrote about healthcare workers getting infected after vaccination, many people shared his post as evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines don’t work.

Nothing could be further from the truth. And here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Vaccines Are Not 100% Efficacious

COVID-19 vaccines are like training programmes for your immune system, giving it an opportunity to learn how to defeat the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They greatly protect you from severe disease and death, but that does not mean they will 100% protect you from getting infected.

The Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine is 95% efficacious. That means approximately 0.05% of those who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19.

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is 50.65% efficacious. That means approximately 0.49% of those who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19.

The numbers are not a typo. Read our explainer to learn more about what vaccine efficacy really means!

COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Breakthrough Rate
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 0.05%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 0.4935%

Fact #2 : It Is Proof The Vaccines Are Working!

As of 15 April 2021, a total of 671,589 people received one or both doses of their COVID-19 vaccines. While we have no idea how many are healthcare workers, they are all frontline workers.

With an attack rate (risk) of approximately 1.0%, we would expect 6,716 of these frontliners to get infected with COVID-19, if they were not vaccinated.

Yet only 182 vaccinated healthcare workers ended up getting infected.

Assuming just half of those vaccinated are healthcare workers, that’s an infection rate of 0.054% – which almost exactly matches the expected vaccine breakthrough rate for the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

This is actually better than expected, since many of those infected were partially vaccinated, and healthcare workers generally have greater exposure to COVID-19.

On 19 April 2021, JKJAV revealed that there were only 9 infections out of 272,109 fully-vaccinated healthcare workers.

That works out to an incredibly low vaccine breakthrough rate of just 0.0033%, far below what we should expect!

Fact #3 : This Chart Shows The Vaccines Working!

This chart that Dr. Noor Hisham shared actually shows how effective the vaccines are. Out of 426 infected healthcare workers :

  • 57% were not vaccinated
  • 34% only received one dose
  • 7% were infected less than 2 weeks after their second dose
  • 2% were infected more than 2 weeks after their second dose

In other words, the vaccines will protect you, but you need to get both doses and you must protect yourself until your immune response hits its peak about two weeks after your second dose.

Fact #4 : Precautions Necessary Until Herd Immunity Achieved!

Herd immunity prevents vaccine breakthrough – vaccinated people getting infected – by breaking the transmission chain.

However, this is only possible when we achieve a high rate of vaccination – some 70%-80% of the population.

Until that happens, we must all practice the usual precautionary measures against COVID-19.

Chile, for example, has vaccinated some 40% of their population, and yet is in the throes of a massive surge in COVID-19 cases.

Recommended : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

Fact #5 : The Vaccines Prevent Severe Disease + Death!

As Dr. Noor Hisham himself pointed out, all those who were vaccinated but got infected anyway, had less severe symptoms.

As we pointed out in our article on choosing the best COVID-19 vaccine, vaccine efficacy comparisons blind us to the fact that ALL approved vaccines will greatly protect us against death and severe disease.

Even the Sinovac CoronaVac, which is hardly the best vaccine in the market, is effective in preventing severe disease and death.

Recommended : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

 

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Fact Check : China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine?

There is considerable panic over China’s guidelines for the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine!

Find out what the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center just issued, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Sinovac Vaccine Guidelines By Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center

There is considerable panic over Sinovac vaccine guidelines issued by the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center.

Reposting China’s guidelines for Sinovac vaccination.
We should worry why our own government is not issuing these to the general public.

Original in Chinese (translated to English)

但各位網友為自己、為家人考慮接種科興疫苗時,應參考以下北京市防疫中心的指引。另外,溫馨提示:香港專家不建議中風人士接種疫苗。

Reminding all Netizens to consider the guidelines set by Beijing’s Vaccine Prevention Center before taking any vaccine, whether for your own sake or for your family.
A gentle reminder from Hong Kong Specialist: Those who suffer stroke is not advisable to take the vaccine.

北京市防疫中心提示接種科興疫苗的要求 :

Beijing City Vaccine Prevention Center list down the requirements for vaccination:

1. 惡性腫瘤病者不予接種。
Those with malignant tumor are not fit to be inoculated or vaccinated.

2. 有基礎疾病時如高血壓,糖尿病等藥物控制不好的,不予接種。
Those people taking maintenance pills for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes are not fit to vaccinate.

3. 精神類疾病者如抑鬱症不予接種。
Those qualify for mental health disorders like Depression and anxiety is not suitable to vaccinate.

4. 家族遺傳性疾病如白化病,不予接種。
Those with hereditary diseases like Albinism are not suitable to vaccinate.

5. 心腦血管疾病不穩定,不予接種。
Those with unstable Cardiovascular diseases are not suitable to inoculate.

6. 做過心臟手術時如心臟搭橋,不予接種。
Those underwent operation such as Coronary Bypass are not fit to vaccinate.

7. 大手術後恢復期,不予接種。
Those who are recovering from major surgery are not fit to inoculate.

8. 近三個月內使用過血液制品和免疫抑制者,不予接種。
Those who used Blood products and immunosupressive drugs for the last three months are not suitable to vaccinate.

9. 服用優甲樂的人,不予接種。
Those taking Euthyrox are not suitable to inoculate.

10. 被孕期婦女三到六個月,不予接種。
Pregnant women in their first to second trimester are not fit to vaccinate.

11. 長期服用免疫抑制劑者,不予接種。
Those taking long term immunosuppressive drugs are not fit to vaccinate.

12. 有中重度貧血者,不予接種。
Those suffer from Moderate to severe anemia should not be inoculated.

13. 三個月內服用過抗病毒藥物抗過敏藥,抗生素的必須停藥,症狀消失,一到二週後方可接種。
Those taking antiviral and antibiotics drugs within three months time can be vaccinated only after one to two weeks of not taking the medicine provided that no symptoms persist.

14. 乙肝l和幽門螺旋杆菌抗病毒期間不予接種。
Those with Hepatitis B and Helicobacter Pylori can’t be vaccinated.

15. 高血壓控制穩定140/90以下才接種。
Those people with stable high blood pressure of 140/90 below can be vaccinated.

16. 流感禁忌的本苗都禁忌接種。
Those with root origin from Flu prevention are prohibited to inoculate.

17. 接種流感疫苗至9隔14天後才可接種。
Those people vaccinated with Flu virus can be inoculated after quarantine of 9-14 days.

 

China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine : The Facts!

We checked out the claims, and here is the sweet and short verdict – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS.

For those who want to understand more, here are the FACTS :

Fact #1 : Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center Does Not Exist

The Chinese term actually translates to Beijing Epidemic Prevention Center, which makes far more sense than a Vaccine Prevention Center.

But either way – there is no such institution called the Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center or the Beijing Epidemic Prevention Center (北京市防疫中心).

The closest candidate is the Beijing Center of Vaccine Clinical Evaluation (北京疫苗临床评价中心).

Fact #2 : Vaccine Guidelines Were Issued By China’s National Health Commission

On 29 March 2021, China’s health authorities issued their first official COVID-19 vaccination guidelines.

But they were not issued by some Beijing institute, but China’s National Health Commission.

Fact #3 : The Real Vaccine Guidelines Contradicts Fake List

Here is a summary of the key vaccine guidelines issued by the National Health Commission.

  • The four conditionally approved vaccines are safe for senior citizens aged 60 and above
  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above should get vaccinated
  • Booster shots are not recommended at this stage.
  • It is not recommended for those under the age of 18 to get vaccinated for now.
  • Vaccination should be completed using the same vaccine, and not mixed.
  • Under special circumstances, people can use a mix of vaccines to complete their vaccination.

They completely contradict the fake list that is circulating on WhatsApp and Facebook.

Photo Credit : News.cn

Fact #4 : Hong Kong Guidelines Contradict Fake List

The Hong Kong government noted in their 19 February 2021 interim recommendations on the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine that the only risk to look out for is an allergic reaction.

Allergic reactions may occur after administration of CoronaVac. Recipients of CoronaVac should be kept for observation and monitored for a minimum of 30 minutes. Persons with a history of allergies should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you receive this vaccine. A second dose of the vaccine should not be given to those who have experienced an allergic reaction to the first dose of CoronaVac.

Fact #5 : Official Sinovac Guidelines Contradict Fake List

The Hong Kong government also provided the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine’s package insert, whose list of contraindications contradict the fake list above :

  • People with history of allergic reaction to CoronaVac or other inactivated vaccine, or any component of CoronaVac (active or inactive ingredients, or any material used in the process).
  • Previous severe allergic reactions to the vaccine (e.g. acute anaphylaxis, angioedema, dyspnea, etc.)
  • People with severe neurological conditions (e.g. transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases, etc.)
  • Patients with uncontrolled severe chronic diseases;
  • Pregnant and lactating women.

It also lists conditions in which the vaccine should be administered with caution :

  • People aged 60 years and above (which China’s National Health Commission just approved – see Fact #3)
  • People with acute diseases, acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, severe chronic diseases, atopy and fever.
  • People with diabetes, history of convulsions, epilepsy, encephalopathy or mental illness, or with family history of such diseases.
  • People with thrombocytopenia or hemorrhagic diseases – the injection may cause bleeding.
  • People with impaired immune function, such as malignant tumour, nephrotic syndrome, AIDS.
  • People who require human immunoglobulin injection – there should be at least one month interval before vaccine administration.

 

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Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

Now that there are several COVID-19 vaccine options, people are demanding for the right to choose.

But should you be given the option to choose, which COVID-19 vaccine should you choose?

2021-04-13 : Updated with new information.

Originally posted @ 2021-03-02

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : So Many To Choose From?

Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates successfully completed their Phase 3 trials, and have received EUA (Emergency Use Authorisation) from various countries.

Company Brand Name Other Name EUA Full
Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty BNT162b2 101 5
Oxford-AstraZeneca AZD1222 101 1
Gamaleya Research
Institute
Sputnik V Gam-COVID-Vac 60 3
Moderna mRNA-1273 40 2
Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 Ad26.COV2.S 40 0
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 38 4
Sinovac Biotech CoronaVac 27 1
CanSino Biologics Convidecia Ad5-nCoV 5 1

Many countries ordered several vaccine candidates at the same time, because a single vaccine manufacturer cannot possibly provide enough vaccines to cover an entire population.

Malaysia, for instance, purchased five COVID-19 vaccine candidates :

However, with multiple COVID-19 vaccine types being deployed, it has given people the idea that they should have the right to pick and choose the vaccine.

So which should YOU choose?

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Which Should YOU Choose?

Most countries will provide the COVID-19 vaccines FREE of charge, but the type of vaccine used will depend on what’s available – you are NOT allowed to pick and choose.

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.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 76% ~ 85% 100% 100%
Novavax Covovax 60 ~ 89% 100% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

The truth is all approved vaccines will protect you against severe disease, and prevent you from dying from COVID-19.

It would be really nice if you get a vaccine that protects you against even mild COVID-19, but not getting killed by it sounds pretty awesome to us!

Reason #3 : Vaccines Are In Limited Supply

COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, and there does not appear to be enough to vaccinate most countries until well into 2022.

Therefore, the possibility of vaccines being made available for private sale that you can pick and choose is remote, at least until 2022.

This is a pandemic – a global health crisis. The lives of trillions of people around the world come before your “right to choose”.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine : Don’t Choose. Get Yours ASAP!

It really does NOT matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get.

As long as it is an approved vaccine and you complete the dosing requirement, it will prevent you from getting severe COVID-19, or dying from it.

Instead of waiting for a particular COVID-19 vaccine, get the first one offered to you.

Don’t worry, when COVID-19 vaccines are available for sale, you can choose whichever vaccine you want and re-vaccinate yourself to your heart’s content!

 

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Private Hospitals + Clinics To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines!

Private hospitals will join private clinics in administering the free COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia!

Here are the details of this new development!

 

Private Hospitals + Clinics To Administer COVID-19 Vaccines!

On 12 April 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health Dr. Adham Baba announced that private hospitals will join private clinics in administering the free COVID-19 vaccines in Malaysia!

Based on the principles of vaccine equity, the government will provide the vaccines to private hospitals for free, so they can help the country achieve the target of vaccinating 80% of the population.

At this time, there are 203 private hospitals across Malaysia. However, it is unknown how many will actually participate.

Private hospitals that want to participate in this programme can register with ProtectHealth Corporation Sdn Bhd starting today.

At the moment, 2,304 private clinics have signed up with ProtectHealth Corporation to take part in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

All registered private hospitals and clinics will be given training and instructions on their scope of work, including guidelines and a complete manual on how to vaccinate their patients.

 

How Can Private Hospitals + Clinics Help With Vaccines?

On 5 February 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that they plan to immunise 25.6 million people – 80% of the adult population, or about 76.6% of the population.

If they succeed, this would put Malaysia somewhere between the minimum 70% and the ideal 80% immunisation targets that many scientists believe are necessary to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.

Currently, the vaccination programme is extremely slow due to supply constraints. However, that will eventually change when more vaccines come in.

When that happens, private hospitals and clinics can make it easier and faster for people to get vaccinated.

It is important that this registration and training process starts now, instead of waiting until the vaccine supply is sufficient.

 

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Autism + Special Needs Q&A With Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan

In support of Autism Awareness Month, we are sharing this exclusive Q&A session on autism and special needs with Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan!

May her knowledge and insight continue to help and inspire parents of children on the ASD spectrum, or with special needs!

 

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan : Who Is She?

Dr. Rajini Sarvananthan is a Consultant Developmental Paediatrician at ParkCity Medical Centre and the Baby & Beyond Child Specialist Clinic.

She specialises in diagnosing and treating children with autism, ADHD, ADD, behavioural problems, cerebral palsy and other developmental disorders.

Her waiting list is as long as her professional credentials – MBBS HONS (UK), M MED Sc (Leeds, UK), MRCP (UK), MRCPCH (UK).

We were very fortunate to be able to invite her to a Q&A session with the parents of autistic and special needs children at the Bridges EIP Centre on the 5th of September 2015.

Sadly, we could not accommodate more parents for this talk. That’s why we recorded the entire session so that parents who could not make it for the event can benefit as well.

Dr. Rajini covered many topics, so we will not just provide you with the full video of the session. We have also prepared 18 smaller video clips that are specific to certain topics.

 

Autism + Special Needs Q&A with Dr. Rajini (Full)

For those who want to view the Autism And Special Needs Q&A session in its entirety, here is the full video. It is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

 

Autism + Special Needs with Dr. Rajini (Specific Topics)

Part 1 : Latest Treatments For Autism

Part 2 : Does ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Work?

Part 3 : Should A Child Start ABA?

Part 4 : Occupational & Speech Therapies

Part 5 : iPad & YouTube As Therapy

Part 6 : Dealing With Giggling / Laughing Episodes

Part 7 : Don’t Focus On The Hours Spent On Therapy

Part 8 : Do Enrichment Classes Help?

Part 9 : Sensory Integration & Sibling Issues

Part 10 : More Sibling Issues

Part 11 : Handling Inappropriate Behaviour

Part 12 : Handling Temper Tantrums

Part 13 : Shopping Mall Woes

Part 14 : Dealing With Inferiority Complex

Part 15 : Dealing With Difficult Behaviour

Part 16 : Biomedical, Neurofeedback, Chlorine Dioxide & Diets

Part 17 : Vaccines For Children With Autism / Special Needs

Part 18 : Prognosis For Kids With Autism

 

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COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

Those selected for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia will be given 48 hours to confirm their appointment.

Here is what you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccination appointment!

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : How Will You Be Notified?

The Special Committee on COVID-19 Vaccine Supply (JKJAV) said on 10 April 2021, that the vaccination appointments are being scheduled in batches.

Once you have been selected, you will receive a notification in MySejahtera, as well as an SMS to your mobile phone 14 days before the scheduled COVID-19 vaccination date.

The notification will inform you of the date and place of your COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : 48 Hours To Confirm!

According to a JKJAV tweet on 10 April 2021, you will have 48 hours to confirm your appointment in MySejahtera.

If you fail to respond within 48 hours, your appointment will be automatically cancelled and rescheduled to a later date.

You are strongly advised to confirm your appointment, to avoid any delay in getting your COVID-19 vaccination.

Once you accept the appointment, your MySejahtera will show your appointment for the first dose of your COVID-19 vaccine.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment : Can You Choose Your Vaccine?

No, you cannot choose your free COVID-19 vaccine.

On 8 April 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health once again reiterated that you will NOT be given the option to choose the COVID-19 vaccine.

The free COVID-19 vaccine will be administered according to what is available at the vaccination centre.

We should point out that there is really NO REASON to choose any COVID-19 vaccine – they will ALL prevent death and hospitalisation from COVID-19!

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Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine Doses!

Malaysia just purchased 3.5 million doses of the CanSino Convidecia vaccine against COVID-19!

Get the details of this new vaccine deal, and find out what it means for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia Buys 3.5 Million Doses Of CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 1 April 2021, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Dr. Adham Baba, announced the purchase of 3.5 million doses of the CanSino COVID-19 vaccine.

This deal will be divided into two stages :

  • 500,000 finished doses, starting in April 2021
  • 3 million doses to be filled and finished by Solutions Biologics Sdn. Bhd. (SolBio)

Photo Credit : Bernama

 

CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : Where Will It Be Used In Malaysia?

The CanSino Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so the 3.5 million doses will be enough to vaccinate 10.9% of the adult population in Malaysia.

It also requires only standard refrigeration at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

Therefore, the Malaysia Ministry of Health plans to use the CanSino vaccine in rural areas, and areas where recipients find it difficult to come twice for their vaccinations.

They are also planning to use it to vaccinate foreigners in Malaysia.

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CanSino COVID-19 Vaccine : What You Need To Know!

China recently approved the CanSino Convidecia vaccine for general use, and several countries around the world have purchased it.

In this article, we will answer your frequently asked questions about this Chinese-made vaccine!

Find out how the Convidecia vaccine works, and how effective it really is against COVID-19!

 

CanSino Convidecia Vaccine : What Is It?

Developed by CanSino Biologics, Convidecia is a viral vector vaccine, that uses a modified Ad5 virus to deliver the blueprint for the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike.

Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, CoronaVac only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

In addition, it only requires a single dose, which makes it easier to fully vaccinate large populations

On 25 February 2021, China approved the Convedicia vaccine for general use.

 

CanSino Convidecia Vaccine : How Does It Work?

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine works similarly to other viral vector vaccines, like the AstraZeneca AZD1222 and Gamaleya Sputnik V vaccines.

It uses a modified Ad5 virus containing the DNA instructions for the protein spikes of the SARS-CoV-2.

Once injected, the Ad5 virus introduces the SARS-CoV-2 protein spike DNA to the cell nucleus, where it is decoded to create the mRNA instructions.

Then, just like the mRNA vaccines, the cell’s ribosomes use those mRNA instructions to manufacture the SARS-CoV-2 protein spikes, which are then presented on the cell surface.

These “foreign” protein spikes triggers the body’s immune system, which then makes antigens to target these spikes.

 

CanSino Convidecia Vaccine : What Are Its Side Effects?

According to its Phase 1 trial results, volunteers reported only these side effects :

  • injection site pain
  • mild to severe fever (up to grade 3)
  • headache
  • mild to severe fatigue (up to grade 3)
  • muscle and joint pain
  • throat pain and cough

However, they were generally well-tolerated, with no incidences of hypersensitivity to the vaccine.

 

CanSino Convidecia Vaccine : How Effective Is It?

Unfortunately, there have been no publicly released trial data on the CanSino vaccine’s efficacy. Only what they chose to release in their press statements.

According to CanSino Biologics, here is the efficacy of the Convidecia vaccine in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 disease :

  • 2 weeks after vaccination : 68.83% efficacy
  • 4 weeks after vaccination : 65.28% efficacy

 

CanSino Convidecia Vaccine : Should You Take It?

Yes, if approved by the health authority of your country, you should take it.

The CanSino vaccine may have lower efficacy than the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, but it is still an effective vaccine.

The key thing you should note is that it has been proven to prevent severe or fatal COVID-19 disease.

And it offers about 91% protection against moderate to severe COVID-19 disease that requires medical treatment.

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Mount Elizabeth : Doctor’s Severe Vaccine Reaction Is False!

Mount Elizabeth Hospital has officially refuted claims that their doctor had a severe reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

 

Viral Fake News : Doctor Had Severe Vaccine Reaction!

In the past few days, antivaxxers and netizens have been feverishly sharing a post on Facebook and WhatsApp regarding a renown doctor who allegedly suffered a stroke after getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

From what we understand, the long Facebook post (now deleted) was written by a man called Bun Ngok Fong, who claimed to be the cousin of this doctor.

In addition to claiming that the doctor had a severe reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, he made many other claims that we found to be completely false.

Singaporean People’s Power Party founder Goh Meng Seng then picked up on it, and share it out together with his alarmist claims about vaccine adverse effects.

Due to the dramatic claims they both made, the post went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

Out of respect for the family, we will not be sharing that viral post again.

Bun Ngok Fong (left) and Goh Meng Seng (right)

 

Mount Elizabeth : Doctor’s Severe Vaccine Reaction News Is False!

On 4 April 2021, Mount Elizabeth Hospital issued a short statement refuting Bun Ngok Fong’s Facebook post.

Claim : The Doctor Is Bun Ngok Fong’s Cousin
Verdict : False

In his now-deleted Facebook post, Bun Ngok Fong claimed that the doctor who suffered a stroke from the Pfizer vaccine is his cousin.

However, a friend of the family and Mount Elizabeth Hospital itself clarified that he is not related to their family :

The doctor’s family has also confirmed that the writer is not related to them and has written to Facebook to have the post removed.

Claim : The Doctor Had An Adverse Reaction To The Vaccine
Verdict : False

Bun Ngok Fong claimed that the doctor suffered an adverse reaction to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Mount Elizabeth Hospital labelled his claims as untrue :

We are aware of a post circulating on Facebook, alleging that one of our doctors had a severe reaction a week after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  We wish to clarify that the allegations in the post are untrue.

 

Doctor’s Family : Please Respect Our Privacy

The doctor’s family is asking everyone to please respect their space and privacy during this difficult time for them.

Bun Ngok Fong either had his post removed by Facebook, or has voluntarily deleted it.

Goh Meng Seng shared Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s clarification, but kept a screenshot of Bun Ngok Fong’s post up.

If you received the viral message about this doctor’s alleged adverse reaction to the Pfizer vaccine, please DO NOT forward it any further.

If necessary, you can share our fact check of the false claims. Otherwise, tell the sender that it’s fake news, and request that they stop sending it out anymore.

 

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Did Dr. Ann Tan Get A Stroke From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Did renown fertility specialist Dr. Ann Tan get a stroke from the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what’s the latest viral story on the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2021-04-06 : Added clarification of Bun Ngok Fong’s relationship to the family

Originally posted @ 2021-04-03

 

Claim : Dr. Ann Tan Suffered A Stroke From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

On or just after 25 March 2021, Bun Ngok Fong posted a message on Facebook about his cousin – the renown fertility specialist Dr. Ann Tan of Singapore.

He has since deleted it, but People’s Power Party founder Goh Meng Seng copied and reposted it, while others shared the post in WhatsApp where it went viral :

Dr Ann Tan now warded in ICU of Mount E for brain haemorrhage after taking the vaccine. Confirmed by her cousin’s FB post:

From the FB page of Bun Ngok Fong:

Warning against the Pfizer vaccine.

I am numbed, heart broken, but in prayers for my cousin, Dr. Ann, an internationally celebrated gynecologist and fertility specialist with her practice in Singapore and who brought her expertise to the other places of the world with mission to deliver hope and happiness here, there and everywhere. She is vivacious, gracious, beautiful and kind, a devoted mother of three . All this shattered for her, for us, for only a week or so after her taking the Pfizer BioNtech shot , she suffered a brain haemorrhage , thus joining the casualty list to this problematic vaccine that stands to make the parent company around US$35 billion for this year alone, a bonanza that this Big Pharma group plans to repeat upon an annual basis.

Pfizer will of course try to exonerate but cannot extricate itself from the scandal which the Western corrupt and complicit media will continue to conceal or explain away the extent of the risks that the shots entail and mitigate the bad publicity by insisting that there is no direct proof between the sudden collapse of relatively young and previously healthy physicians — as Ann’s case is no longer unique.

That the company CEO, Albert Bourla, declined to take the jab, as a morale booster if nothing else, says volumes about the efficacy and reliability of the product which in essence is genetic manipulation.

Now the European Union has proposed a vaccination passport that may not recognize other types of shots — from Cuba, Russia and China — is proof in of itself of the ploy to create immunization apartheid and compell hesitant candidates to subject themselves to a shortlist of western and still dubious injections.

In the meantime I weep for Dr. Ann and remember her seating on my side in the clan banquet about 14 months ago as we exchanged news about the children and their careers.
Missing you, Ann, so dearly.

 

Did Dr. Ann Tan Get A Stroke From Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine? The Facts

We looked into the matter, and the many claims Bun Ngok Fong made in this Facebook post, and here is what we know so far…

Claim #1 : Dr. Ann Tan Suffered A Brain Haemorrhage
Verdict : Likely True

On 25 March 2021, the Women Fertility & Fetal Centre of the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore posted this notice, with many messages of concern by her patients :

We therefore believe that something serious had indeed happened to Dr. Ann Tan.

Naturally, the hospital will not reveal any details of her condition. We will only know for sure if and when her family publicly announces what had actually happened.

Claim #2 : Dr. Ann Tan Is Bun Ngok Fong’s Cousin
Verdict : False

In his now-deleted Facebook post, Bun Ngok Fong claimed that Dr. Ann Tan is his cousin.

However, a friend of the family and Mount Elizabeth Hospital itself clarified that he is not related to their family :

The doctor’s family has also confirmed that the writer is not related to them and has written to Facebook to have the post removed.

Goh Meng Seng shared Mount Elizabeth Hospital’s clarification, but kept a screenshot of Bun Ngok Fong’s post up.

Bun Ngok Fong (left) and Goh Meng Seng (right)

Claim #3 : Her Brain Haemorrhage Was Due To The Pfizer Vaccine
Verdict : Likely False

Bun Ngok Fong claimed that she suffered a “brain haemorrhage” about “a week or so” after taking the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine is not known to cause an intracerebral haemorrhage. It is known to cause a rare anaphylactic reaction, probably from the PEG (Polyethylene glycol) used to create the lipid nanoparticles that protects the mRNA vaccine.

Only one 60 year-old Japanese woman was known to have died from a brain haemorrhage three days after receiving the Pfizer vaccine. Even that case has not been confirmed to be related to the vaccine.

Tomohiro Morio, a doctor advising the government, said, “The brain haemorrhage that is suspected as a cause is relatively common among people from their 40s to their 60s, and at this time, based on examples overseas, there does not seem to be a link between brain haemorrhages and the coronavirus vaccine.

The doctors treating Dr. Ann Tan will know if her intracerebral haemorrhage was due to other causes like a ruptured aneurysm or AVM (arteriovenous malformation).

This incident also happened at least “a week or so” after her vaccination, and is unlikely to be related to the vaccine. Even so, we should not jump to conclusions until we know more.

The opinion of this man (who is apparently living in Vancouver or Hong Kong) is not substantiated by any evidence whatsoever.

In addition, the Mount Elizabeth Hospital labelled his claims as untrue :

We are aware of a post circulating on Facebook, alleging that one of our doctors had a severe reaction a week after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  We wish to clarify that the allegations in the post are untrue.

Claim #4 : The Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Problematic
Verdict : False

Every vaccine comes with a certain amount of risk. As mentioned earlier, a small number of people will get a severe allergic reaction after vaccination.

However, the claim that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is “problematic” is false.

The Pfizer clinical trial data, based on over 40,000 people, showed that it was both safe and effective. The biggest issue identified was a rare anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine – just 11.1 cases per million doses.

Not only is this extremely rare, it can be easily treated with an intramuscular injection of epinephrine. That’s why people are asked to stay 30-60 minutes after getting their Pfizer vaccines.

As of 1 April 2021, over 628 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, and a substantial number are of the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, with very few cases of anaphylaxis.

Claim #5 : The Media Is Concealing The Risks
Verdict : False

Did you know you can actually download the FDA Briefing Document of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine?

It gives you uncensored details of their clinical trial data, so what is there for the media to conceal?

The media makes a good scapegoat for conspiracy theorists who dislike how the media consistently debunk their fake news and false narratives.

The media, for their part, are not perfect. They report on every post-vaccination death or hospitalisation, even if it has not been established that the vaccine is the cause.

Instead of shunning the media or putting them on a pedestal, apply critical thinking and wait for the actual research results.

Claim #6 : Pfizer CEO Declined To Take The Vaccine
Verdict : False

In 14 December 2020, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC that “he and other executives will not cut the line“, as there were limited doses available and the CDC had recommended prioritising healthcare workers and long-term care residents.

Antivaxxers and Sinophiles leaped on his statement, calling it evidence he did not trust his own vaccine.

The truth is he said in the CNBC interview that, “As soon as I can, I will. The only sensitivity here, Meg, is that I don’t want to have an example that I’m cutting the line.”

Albert Bourla received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid February 2021, and his second shot on 10 March 2021.

Claim #7 : Pfizer Vaccine Is Genetic Manipulation
Verdict : False

Pfizer and Modern vaccines are based on mRNA technology, which means they do NOT penetrate the cell nucleus and therefore, cannot possibly change the DNA within.

mRNA itself is also transient, and is automatically disposed by the cell after being used several times. Therefore, the spike proteins it codes for are only created during that short time, not for a lifetime.

You can read more in our article on the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA technology.

Claim #8 : EU Vaccine Passport To Exclude Russian / Chinese Vaccines
Verdict : False

You can download and read the EU proposal for a COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate. It clearly states that:

  • EU countries must accept other countries’ vaccination certificates “under the same conditions
  • This obligation only extends to EU-approved vaccines
  • However, EU countries “can decide to accept other vaccines in addition” to EU-approved vaccines.

Therefore, this COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate will allow EU countries to recognise Russian and Chinese vaccines that have not been approved by the EU.

COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, China and other countries can also seek approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and be automatically qualified for this “vaccine passport”.

Therefore, the claim is categorically FALSE.

Claim #9 : EU Is Promoting Vaccine Apartheid, Forcing Travellers To Use Western Vaccines

Bun Ngok Fong claimed that the EU is promoting vaccine apartheid, and forcing travellers to use Western vaccines.

As we demonstrated above, the EU COVID-19 Digital Green Certificate does no such thing. EU countries can choose to accept Chinese and Russian vaccines.

It is also only fair that the vaccine passport acceptance be reciprocal, and not open only one way.

On the other hand, China resumed processing visas in March 2021, but only if travellers are first vaccinated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines.

We look forward to Bun Ngok Fong criticising China for promoting vaccine apartheid, and compelling people to get vaccinated with Chinese vaccines, even if they prefer Western vaccines.

We should point out that as of 2 April 2021, the trial data for all four Chinese COVID-19 vaccines have yet to be released publicly.

As we pointed out in our article on choosing COVID-19 vaccines, all approved vaccines will protect you against death and serious COVID-19 disease. But it is really dishonest for Sinophiles to falsely criticise the West for actions perpetuated by China itself.

They should be ashamed of themselves for pushing a false narrative during a global pandemic that has killed over 2.8 million people globally.

 

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Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

We spoke to two doctors, who agreed to share about their recent COVID-19 vaccination experiences.

Find out how what they felt about the COVID-19 vaccination, and the side effects they experienced!

 

Two Doctors Share Their COVID-19 Vaccination Experiences!

Currently, the Malaysia COVID-19 Immunisation Programme uses both the Pfizer COMIRNATY and Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines

But whichever vaccine is provided, the vaccination process itself is rather similar and straightforward.

  • the first dose is injected into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm.
  • the second dose is injected after 14 days (Sinovac) or 21 days (Pfizer).

Many members of the public have expressed their concerns about the COVID-19 vaccination process, and any side effects they may experience.

So we spoke to two doctors, who agreed to share about their recent COVID-19 vaccination experiences.

They were both part of Phase 1 of the COVID-19 Immunisation Programme, and so received the Pfizer vaccine.

Dr. Jenny Lim (Institut Perubatan Respiratori)

Dr. Jenny Lim arrived at Hospital Kuala Lumpur for her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at 12:15 PM, and was registered within 10 minutes, and given a waiting card.

She was vaccinated at 12:40 PM, and then asked to wait for 30 minutes – to ensure that there was no anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine, before leaving at 1:10 PM.

The whole process was pretty seamless, and took less than 1 hour, including the post-vaccination waiting time.

Dr. Lim detailed her post-vaccination side-effects, cautioning that some may be related to some heavy lifting she did at her hospital in the morning of her vaccination appointment :

Day 1

4 PM : 3/10 pain in the upper buttocks
6 PM : 3/10 neck pain
7:30 PM : neck pain increased to 4/10, took a tablet of Voltaren (Diclofenac)
9:30 PM : felt somnolent (sleepy)

Day 2

On waking up : 2/10 pain at the injection site, disappeared in 2-3 hours
No other symptoms

Verdict? Cannot wait for the second dose on 9 April 2021!

Dr. Lim says, please vaccinate yourself against COVID-19, so you won’t end up like our little friend here!

Dr. Lim Swee Siang (Klinik Lim S2)

Dr. Lim Swee Siang, a private practitioner in Seremban 2, was just vaccinated with his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

He arrived for his first dose at the Klinik Kesihatan Seremban 2 at 10:40 AM. Registration was very fast, and he was vaccinated by 10:55 AM.

He waited 30 minutes – a precautionary measure in case of an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine – and then was given the green light to leave.

He experienced only minor side effects on the first day :

Day 1

Slight pain at the injection site. Didn’t take any medication for the pain.

Some somnolence for 1-2 hours.

Day 2

No symptoms

On 31 March 2021, he received his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and the symptoms were even milder this time :

Day 1

1/10 pain at the injection site. Didn’t take any medication.

This is Dr. Lim’s advice to everyone :

I urge those who are still not decided yet, those who are still in doubt about the vaccine safety profiles and those ‘wait and see’, please register now and get vaccinated later.

 

Malaysia COVID-19 Vaccination : How To Register?

There are FIVE (5) ways to register for free COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia :

  1. The MySejahtera app.
  2. The Vaksin COVID website.
  3. A telephone hotline.
  4. Manually at health clinics, hospitals and private clinics
  5. House-to-house registration at targeted rural areas for senior citizens.

Public registration program for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine programme began on 1 March 2021.

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FREE + PAID Private COVID-19 Vaccines Coming Soon!

Malaysia will soon make both FREE and PAID COVID-19 vaccines available at private clinics and hospitals!

Here are the latest updates on this issue, and our thoughts on private clinics and hospitals offering free and paid COVID-19 vaccines!

 

FREE Private COVID-19 Vaccines From 19 April Onwards!

On 29 March 2021, the Malaysia Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that private GPs will be able to administer the free COVID-19 vaccines from 19 April 2021 onwards, as part of the Phase 2 rollout.

Registered general practitioners will be asked to provide an indicative list of their patients who want to be vaccinated at their clinics.

However, he did not expect the private GP option to really drive the free vaccination programme, because :

  • there are logistical challenges of getting certain vaccines – like the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine – from vaccine storage locations to their clinics.
  • general practitioners might be able to administer only dozens of shots per day.

We should point out that the current bottleneck for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia is the shortage of vaccines, not a shortage of manpower.

 

PAID Private COVID-19 Vaccines Possibly In Q3 / Q4 2021!

The Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) has requested to run a parallel paid vaccination programme, to help achieve herd immunity.

Mr. Khairy, who said that he would hold discussions with private hospitals on the issue, said that this might only take place in the third or fourth quarter of 2021. There is, after all, a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines globally.

 

Our Opinion On Private COVID-19 Vaccination In Malaysia

Yes To Private GPs Helping With Vaccination

While vaccine supply is currently the bottleneck, it is important to co-opt private GPs into the free COVID-19 vaccination programme.

We need to start preparing for when vaccines become more readily available. We cannot wait until that happens, before we start bringing in the private GPs.

Private GPs will greatly expand the reach of the free vaccination programme, speeding it up while reducing the load on government hospitals and clinics.

No To Private Hospitals Buying COVID-19 Vaccines

A paid parallel vaccination programme this early could undercut the COVID-19 vaccination programme by :

  • offering the rich and wealthy the ability to cut queue over more vulnerable people,
  • exacerbating vaccine supply constraints by purchasing them at higher prices,
  • distort perception of certain vaccines, by offering the option to purchase “superior vaccines
  • potentially wasting precious vaccine doses, as doses not purchased by customers for the day may have to be discarded

As supply of vaccines is limited globally, there is simply no logic in allowing private hospitals to purchase their own COVID-19 vaccines to sell for profit.

When it comes to manpower, it makes more sense to co-opt the tens of thousands private clinics across Malaysia, than the few hundred private hospitals.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a GLOBAL healthcare issue. The focus should be on vaccinating people as quickly as possible, so we can fully reopen our economy. Not on creating a new opportunity to profit off the pandemic.

 

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