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Malaysia Gets First Batch Of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia Gets First Batch Of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia just received the first batch of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine!

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

 

Malaysia Gets First Batch Of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 25 April 2021, the Malaysia Health Minister announced that the first batch of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 8:20 PM on Friday, 23 April 2021.

The 268,800 doses was purchased through the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme, and are enough to vaccinate 134,400 people.

These AstraZeneca vaccine doses were manufactured in South Korea by SK Bioscience, and approved for use in Malaysia on 2 April 2021.

This is a small fraction of the 6.4 million vaccine doses that Malaysia agreed to purchase from AstraZeneca in December 2020.

 

AstraZeneca Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, codenamed AZD1222, is a viral vector vaccine.

It uses a chimpanzee adenovirus – ChAdOx1 – which has been modified to prevent replication, to introduce a DNA sequence of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

Once injected, the vaccine enters the cell and “teaches” it to produce the SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins and express them on its surface.

These spike proteins triggers the immune response to create antibodies that will protect you against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Arrives In Malaysia, But Not Approved Yet

The first batch of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine – CoronaVac – just arrived in Malaysia.

There was not much fanfare, because the Sinovac vaccine has NOT actually been approved for use in Malaysia.

 

Sinovac Vaccine Arrives In Malaysia!

The first batch of the Sinovac vaccine – CoronaVac – arrived at the KL International Airport aboard MH319 at 8:47 AM on 27 February 2021.

Unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health obtained CoronaVac through Pharmaniaga Lifescience Sdn Bhd – an intermediary company.

Hence, the Sinovac vaccine arrived in the form of 200 litres of CoronaVac bulk vaccine, which would then have to be bottled by Pharmaniaga.

Once bottled, these 200 litres of bulk vaccine should produce over 300,000 CoronaVac doses – enough to vaccinate approximately 150,000 people.

The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the government is paying Sinovac less for the vaccine because bottling is done by Pharmaniaga.

However, he declined to disclose more information, so it is unknown how much the government is saving, once the costs of Pharmaniaga’s bottling and distribution are included.

 

Sinovac Vaccine Not Approved In Malaysia Just Yet

While the CoronaVac vaccine has arrived in Malaysia, we should point out that it has not been approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).

Therefore, the CoronaVac vaccine will not be used just yet in the Malaysia COVID-19 vaccination program.

According to the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, this is because the CoronaVac vaccine has not been bottled.

One of the criteria for approval by the NPRA is the evaluation of the bottling process by Pharmaniaga. Until that happens, the CoronaVac vaccine cannot be approved for use in Malaysia.

It should be pointed out that China only just approved this Sinovac vaccine for general use on 6 February 2021.

 

Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer

Developed by Sinovac, CoronaVac is an inactivated virus vaccine – an older method of creating vaccines.

The SARS-CoV-2 viruses are cultured (grown) in Vero cells, and inactivated (killed) before being administered as a vaccine.

The CoronaVac vaccine only needs to be refrigerated at 2–8 °C (36–46 °F), which makes it easy to distribute.

This is a 2-dose vaccine, which the second dose delivered 14 days after the first.

Its Brazil clinical trial results showed that the CoronaVac vaccine was 50.4% effective in preventing COVID-19, just crossing the 50% mark for regulatory approval.

It was about 78% effective in preventing “mild to severe” COVID-19 disease, which is nevertheless good news.

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Klang Valley CMCO Lockdown Extended To 9 November 2020!

The Malaysian government just announced a 2-week extension of the Klang Valley CMCO / PKPB lockdown!

 

Klang Valley CMCO Lockdown Extended To 9 November 2020!

In a move that was not exactly unexpected, the Malaysian government just announced a 2-week extension of the Klang Valley CMCO lockdown!

Instead of ending on 27 October 2020, the CMCO / PKPB lockdown is now extended to 9 November 2020.

 

Klang Valley CMCO / PKPB : Same SOP?

The Malaysian government did not announce any change to the SOP, so the current CMCO / PKPB SOP should apply.

Here are some of the SOP for the CMCO / PKPB in KL, Selangor and Putrajaya :

  • All business, economic and industrial activity can proceed as usual.
  • Businesses must ensure that customers are physically distanced by 1 meter while entering or leaving their premises.
  • Businesses must limit the number of customers within their premise, and publicly display the maximum number of customers allowed inside.
  • Supermarkets, shopping malls and retail stores are allowed, but must follow the established SOP.
  • Restaurants, food stores, food trucks, hawkers, food courts, food stalls, food kiosks, groceries and convenience stores are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM.
  • Dine-in is allowed but limited to 2 persons per small table or 4 persons per large table*, but must follow the Food Sector SOP.
    * Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the change on 15 October 2020.
    Only in Selangor : 5 persons per large table meant for 10 people.
    * Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari announced the change on 16 October 2020.
  • Food deliveries, drive-through purchases and food take-aways are encouraged.
  • Wholesale markets are allowed to open from 4 AM until 2 PM.
  • Daily markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 2 PM.
  • Farmer’s markets are allowed to open from 6 AM until 12 PM.
  • Night markets are allowed to open from 4 PM until 10 PM.
  • Petrol stations are allowed to open from 6 AM until 10 PM, except for those on highways – they can open 24 hours
  • Public buses, express buses, MRT, LRT, ERL, Monorail, taxi and e-hailing services are allowed to operate.
  • Taxis and e-hailing vehicles are limited to 2 passengers, and allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • Food deliveries are allowed to operate from 6 AM until 12 midnight.
  • All transportation and delivery vehicles involved in industry, business, and manufacturing are allowed to continue as normal, including cross-district and cross-state travel.

For more details, please see CMCO / PKPB SOP for KL, Selangor, Putrajaya.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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Interstate Travel SOP For CMCO Areas In Peninsular Malaysia

Here is the interstate travel SOP for those who need to travel into, out of, or through CMCO areas in Peninsular Malaysia!

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel SOP

The Royal Malaysia Police recently issued the SOP for cross-state travel during the CMCO / PKPB lockdown in KL, Selangor and Putrajaya.

As announced by the Senior Minister (Security) and Defence Minister, Dato Sri Ismail Yaakob, there are FOUR (4) categories of travellers that will be permitted to undertake interstate travel.

  1. Residents of CMCO areas who need to travel to other states for emergency reasons (medical treatments and funerals) only
  2. Travellers who need to cross the CMCO areas for emergency reasons.
  3. Outstation travellers who wish to enter the CMCO areas for emergency reasons.
  4. Individuals who wish to access air transportation at KLIA, KLIA 2 and Subang Airport.

Travellers in those four categories need to fill in this form for the CMCO / PKPB Travel Permit (Permit Pergerakan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Bersyarat) :

After filling the form, travellers must submit it to the nearest police station for their approval, BEFORE they begin their journey.

Please note that ONLY TWO PERSONS are allowed to travel together.

Workers are allowed to cross into other districts or states, as long as they have a work pass or permission letter from their employer.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel Examples

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) listed two examples of permitted cross-state travel :

Category 2

An individual from Johor travelling to Penang wishes to cross Selangor for emergency reasons. He/she must fill in the form and send it to the nearest police station in Johor for approval, before making the journey.

Category 3

An individual from Melaka would like to enter Putrajaya for emergency reasons. He/she must fill in the form and send it to the nearest police station in Melaka for approval, before making the journey.

 

Peninsular Malaysia CMCO : Interstate Travel FAQ

Who Needs A Travel Permit?

Only those who need to enter, exit or pass through Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya for emergency reasons must obtain a CMCO / PKPB travel permit.

Workers who need to enter or exit Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Putrajaya for work reasons do NOT need to fill in the form. They only need to show their work pass / permission letter from their employers.

How Many People Can Travel Together?

Under this CMCO / PKPB travel permit, a maximum of two persons can travel together.

What If You Don’t Forgot The Permit?

If you forgot to obtain a permit prior to your travel, or forgot to take it with you, you can stop by a nearby police station to fill in a new form and obtain approval before crossing the CMCO / PKPB roadblocks.

 

COVID-19 : How To Keep Safe!

Here are a few simple steps to stay safe :

  • Avoid suspected cases or disease hotpots, like hospitals, if possible!
  • Avoid public events and crowds
  • Keep our hands clean with soap or hand sanitiser
  • Keep our homes, offices, vehicles, etc. clean
  • If you need to wear a surgical mask, make sure you put it on and remove it properly!
  • Wash your food with water (and soap) after purchase and before preparation

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The Galaxy Note7 Return Guidance At KLIA & KLIA2 Airports

Just days ago, the Malaysian DCA issued a directive permitting the carriage of the Galaxy Note7 onboard aircraft flying into and out of Malaysia, subject to certain conditions. However, the directive still calls for airports and airlines to deny carriage of the Galaxy Note7 phablets.

To prevent confusion and inconvenience, Samsung Malaysia just issued specific Galaxy Note7 return guidance for users travelling via the KLIA or KLIA2 airports. They have obviously been hard at work for some time on the Galaxy Note7 return program at both airports. Take a look for yourself!

 

The Galaxy Note7 Return Program At KLIA & KLIA2

Here is the Galaxy Note7 return guidance at KLIA or KLIA2 :

  1. Back up your Galaxy Note7, or transfer your files to a microSD card.
  2. Return your Galaxy Note7 to the Samsung Galaxy Note7 booth at :
    • KLIA : Level 5, Main Terminal (beside the Emirates ticketing counter)
    • KLIA 2 : Mezzanine Level, Departure Hall, Sector 2
  3. Your Galaxy Note7 will be factory-reset on the spot by Samsung Customer Service.
  4. If your Galaxy Note7 was purchased in Malaysia – a Samsung Malaysia Customer Service representative will contact you to arrange for an exchange or refund.
  5. If your Galaxy Note7 was purchased outside of Malaysia, you will need to provide your passport and boarding pass for verification. The Samsung Malaysia Customer Service representative will provide you with an official “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Receipt” form, acknowledging the acceptance of your Galaxy Note7. You can then contact the local Samsung Customer Service Careline of the original country of purchase to enquire about the exchange or refund of your Galaxy Note7.

 

Can You Borrow A Loan Device?

You can request for a loan device at the Samsung Galaxy Note7 booth located at :

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  • KLIA : Level 5, Main Terminal (beside the Emirates ticketing counter)
  • KLIA 2 : Mezzanine Level, Departure Hall, Sector 2

You will need to complete the following steps :

  1. Please show your passport and boarding pass for verification.
  2. Fill up the “Samsung Galaxy Note7 Receipt” form.
  3. You will receive a loan device (subject to availability).
  4. Upon returning to Malaysia / your home country, you need to visit the nearest Samsung Customer Service Centre to return the loan device.
  5. The Galaxy Note7 refund / exchange process will only take place after the loan device is returned to Samsung Customer Service.

 

What If I Am Overseas With A Galaxy Note7 Purchased In Malaysia?

Unfortunately, Samsung Malaysia is only able to advise about the Malaysian DCA carriage permission, and the Galaxy Note7 collection at KLIA and KLIA2 airports.

If you are currently overseas with a Galaxy Note7 purchased in Malaysia, you will need to contact the local Samsung Customer Service Careline of the country you are in. They will have a country-specific return process that will allow you to return the Galaxy Note7 there, instead of bringing it back to Malaysia.

 

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