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Are 70 Countries Preparing To Sue China For Vaccine Deaths?!

Are 70 Countries Planning To Sue China For Vaccine Deaths?!

Are 70 countries around the world preparing to sue China for COVID-19 vaccine deaths?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : 70 Countries Are Preparing To Sue China For Vaccine Deaths!

This message is going viral on WhatsApp and Twitter, claiming that 70 countries around the world are preparing to sue China for COVID-19 vaccine deaths.

Miles Guo
💥Due to the vaccine-related death, around 70 countries are preparing to sue China in the International Arbitration Court, if US ceases the vaccine mandate, China may have to pay 600 trill USD for all the vaccine-related mortality🤢they work for another 10,000 years!

The message is often linked to the source of that claim – this Gnews article :

On May 29th in a livestream, Miles Guo revealed that currently at least 70 countries that have adopted Communist China’s vaccines are preparing to sue the Chinese Communist Party – CCP for vaccine-related deaths. These countries are requesting an independent arbitration in the International Arbitration Court in UK London.

He said for sure the CCP won’t show up in the court, which would lead to a unilateral arbitration directly, and in that case, it’s almost 100% sure that the court would find CCP liable for the vaccine related deaths, which might bring up to approximately 600 trillion USD for a compensation, and that is an astronomical amount for the Chinese deplorables (Lao Baixing) to pay.

 

Truth : 70 Countries Are Not Preparing To Sue China For Vaccine Deaths!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by G News, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No Country Is Preparing To Sue China For Vaccine Deaths

Despite what Miles Guo may claim, there is no country that is planning to sue the Chinese Communist Party for deaths related to Chinese vaccines.

Fact #2 : There Is No International Arbitration Court

There is no international body called the International Arbitration Court. The two major courts that deal with disputes between countries are :

  • The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations
  • The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), which is a non-UN intergovernmental organisation.

Neither the ICJ nor the PCA are based in London, the United Kingdom. They are both based in The Hague, Netherlands.

There is a London Court of International Arbitration, but that is a British private company offers dispute resolution through arbitration and mediation. Hardly a proper channel to “sue” China, isn’t it?

Fact #3 : G-Times News Is Infamous For Fake News

This fake story was created by G-Times News (also known as GNews or G News), a website owned by Guo Media.

Guo Media is a company associated with Guo Wengui (also known as Miles Guo), an exiled Chinese businessman, and Steve Bannon – both of whom are infamous for creating and spreading misinformation.

Naturally, both Guo and Bannon are often featured in G News coverage. It doesn’t make them prescient, just pretentious.

Just like the time G-Times News claimed that Pfizer delisted itself on the Nasdaq and NYSE!

Read more : Is Pfizer Delisting Itself On Nasdaq + NYSE?!

Fact #4 : Chinese Vaccines Save Lives

China has been selling tons of COVID-19 vaccines, in particular, the Sinovac CoronaVac, the Sinopharm BIBP and the CanSino Convidecia.

They were not very efficacious even against the ancestral COVID-19 virus, but they offered very good protection against severe disease and death, as this table shows.

Their efficacy against COVID-19 variants like Delta and Omicron were much poorer to be sure. But we have to acknowledge that these Chinese vaccines still saved lives.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?
Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!
Read more : Does Sinovac Booster Offer 94% Protection Against Omicron?

COVID-19 Vaccine Protection Against
Symptomatic
Infection
Severe
Disease
Death
Pfizer Comirnaty 95.0% 100% 100%
Gamaleya Sputnik V 91.6% 100% 100%
Moderna mRNA-1273 94.1% 100% 100%
AstraZeneca AZD1222 62% ~ 90% 100% 100%
Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV 79% ~ 86% 90% 100%
J&J Janssen COVID-19 66.0% 85% 100%
CanSino Convidecia 65.7% 90.98% 100%
Sinovac CoronaVac 50.65% 83.7% 100%

Fact #5 : CCP Did Not Make COVID-19 Vaccines

The Chinese COVID-19 vaccines were developed and produced by various Chinese pharmaceutical companies, not the Chinese Communist Party.

So it would be really absurd to sue the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), or the country of China, for the poor efficacy of vaccines produced by Chinese companies.

Only fake news creators and conspiracy theorists can come up with such ridiculous claims, and expect to be taken seriously.

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Free COVID Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids Extended To 31 May!

The first dose of the free PICKids vaccine programme for 5-11 year old kids has been extended to 31 May 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Free COVID Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids Extended To 31 May 2022!

On 13 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that they will stop offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme after 15 May 2022.

Then on 25 April 2022, they announced that they would also stop offering the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the PICKids programme after 15 August 2022.

Finally, on 12 May 2022, they announced that they will extend the first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine to 31 May 2022.

From 31 May 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

From 16 August 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

  • the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine will no longer be offered at both public and private health facilities across Malaysia.
  • the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine will only be offered as a paid vaccination option in private health facilities.

While you may still pay for the Sinovac vaccine for your child, it is a far inferior vaccine to the free Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : What you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine – Which Is Better For Your Child?

Since MySejahtera stopped accepting registration for the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids on 8 May 2022, here is what you need to know :

  1. Parents who registered and made appointments on or before 8 May 2022, for vaccination dates on or before 31 May 2022, can continue with their existing appointments.
  2. Parents who registered and made appointments on or before 8 May 2022, for vaccination dates after before 31 May 2022, will have their appointments cancelled automatically.
  3. Parents who try to register on MySejahtera after 8 May 2022, will not be given any appointment.

Therefore, parents who have not registered, or are in the second or third category above, should walk into any KKM health clinic for their free COVID-19 vaccine, anytime from now until 31 May 2022.

There are only two exceptions to this 31 May 2022 deadline :

Children Infected With COVID-19

The first exception to this deadline are 5-11 year old kids who have to cancel their appointments (before 31 May 2022) due to a COVID-19 infection.

Their parents are advised to bring these kids to any government health clinic within 6 weeks after recovering from COVID-19, or by 30 August 2022 at the very latest.

Children Turning 5 After 31 May 2022

The second exception are for children who turn five years old on or after 31 May 2022.

Their parents can register and book their vaccine appointments for the first dose of the free COVID-19 vaccine until 15 January 2023.

These children must receive their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by 31 January 2023. Thereafter, the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will no longer be offered for free, and must be obtained as a paid vaccine at private health facilities.

So parents, please HURRY and get your children vaccinated for FREE!

Read more : How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

Why Is PICKids Ending Free COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

As of 12 April 2022, only 38.6% of eligible children have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This extremely low uptake will result in wastage, as the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has a 6-month shelf life.

As the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids have a lower dose, it cannot be used for older children.

Therefore, to avoid waste, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF-C) decided to stop giving the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme.

CITF-C also amended the vaccination consent form for children (below 18 years of age), removing this clause :

2. I am responsible for the risks that may occur to children as a result of my decision/action because the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the side effect.

The clause was dropped to avoid confusion, and to convey the existing practice in which the Ministry of Health has never neglected, and is always ready to offer the necessary medical assistance if there are side effects from the vaccination.

I highly recommend that you bring your children to any government health clinic for their COVID-19 vaccination ASAP!

Please don’t waste this opportunity to protect them against COVID-19 for FREE!

 

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Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients To Get Second Booster Dose!

Sinovac and Sinopharm recipients will be allowed to get a second booster dose!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients To Get Second Booster Dose!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health announced that they will offer a second booster dose to high-risk individuals, to improve their protection against COVID-19!

In addition, they will also offer recipients of the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines the opportunity to get a second booster dose.

The second booster dose will be the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 1 month after the first booster dose for Sinovac / SInopharm recipients.

This second booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your vaccination status will not change, whether you take the second booster dose or not.

However, it will facilitate overseas travel for Sinovac and Sinopharm recipients because many countries do not recognise either vaccines.

Read more : Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

 

Should Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients Get Second Booster Dose?

If you are a Sinovac or Sinopharm recipient and need to travel overseas, you should definitely get the second booster dose.

Both vaccines have been EUA-qualified by the WHO. However, quite a number of countries do not recognise the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines, due to their lower efficacy.

The massive RECoVaM study, for example, showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s limited efficacy quickly waned after just 2 months. And that wasn’t even against the highly-contagious Omicron variant.

Even Sinovac recipients who receive a Pfizer booster dose may not obtain sufficient protection against the Omicron variant. A recent Yale University study showed that Sinovac vaccine recipients will require TWO Pfizer booster doses, to adequately protect against the Omicron variant.

So if you have the opportunity to get the second booster dose, take it. Even if the country you intend to visit recognises the Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine, you will better protect yourself against COVID-19 by getting the second booster dose.

 

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Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

High-risk individuals in Malaysia will be offered a second booster dose, to improve their protection against COVID-19!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Second Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Individuals!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health will offer a second booster dose to high-risk individuals, to improve their protection against COVID-19!

  • High-risk senior citizens aged 60 years and above, with co-morbidities like
    – diabetes
    – chronic lung disease
    – chronic renal disease, underlying dialysis
    – chronic liver disease
    – cerebrovascular disease
    – heart failure, ischaemic heart disease, cardiomyopathy
    – chronic neurological diseases
    – BMI of over 40
    – residents of long-term care facilities
  • Individuals who received the Sinovac or Sinopharm booster dose for travel purposes
  • Healthy senior citizens are advised to consult a doctor for second booster dose recommendation

The second booster dose will be the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given :

  • at least 4-6 months after the first booster dose for senior citizens,
  • at least 3 months after recovery for senior citizens who had a COVID-19 infection,
  • and at least 1 month after the first booster dose for Sinovac / SInopharm recipients.

This second booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your vaccination status will not change, whether you take the second booster dose or not.

Read more : COVID-19 vaccination status changes on 1 April 2022

 

Why Second Booster Dose For High-Risk Individuals?

High-risk individuals, namely senior citizens with co-morbidities, are at a much higher risk of developing severe COVID-19.

Even though COVID-19 vaccines offer great protection against hospitalisation and death, their protection wanes over time. With the Omicron variant raging around the globe, and new variants coming up, it is important to boost their protection.

This is particularly important for those who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines. Both Chinese vaccines offer markedly lower protection, which quickly wane over a matter of weeks.

A Yale University study, for example, showed that Sinovac vaccine recipients will require TWO Pfizer booster doses, to adequately protect against the Omicron variant.

Therefore, if you are offered the second booster dose, I would highly recommend you take it. Even more so if you received the Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine earlier.

Read more : Why Sinovac recipients may need TWO Pfizer booster doses!

There is also a more practical consideration for people travelling overseas – some countries in Europe do not recognise the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, both as a primary series vaccine or a booster dose.

Therefore, they will be allowed to obtain a second booster dose, at least one month after receiving their first booster dose.

 

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PICKids : No More First Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids After May 15!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced that they will STOP offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for free to 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know…

 

PICKids : No More Free First Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids Soon!

On 13 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that they will stop offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme next month.

From 16 May 2022 onwards, the PICKids programme will no longer offer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year old kids.

  • the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine will no longer be offered at both public and private health facilities across Malaysia.
  • the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine will only be offered as a paid vaccination option in private health facilities.

They are calling on parents to quickly register their children for COVID-19 vaccination by 8 May 2022, in order to obtain an appointment date in time.

Read more : What you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine – Which Is Better For Your Child?

 

Why Is PICKids Ending Free First Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids?

As of 12 April 2022, only 38.6% of eligible children have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

This extremely low uptake will result in wastage, as the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has a 6-month shelf life.

As the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids have a lower dose, it cannot be used for older children.

Therefore, to avoid waste, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF-C) decided to stop giving the free first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine under the PICKids programme.

CITF-C has also amended the vaccination consent form for children (below 18 years of age), removing this clause :

2. I am responsible for the risks that may occur to children as a result of my decision/action because the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the side effect.

The clause was dropped to avoid confusion, and to convey the existing practice in which the Ministry of Health has never neglected, and is always ready to offer the necessary medical assistance if there are side effects from the vaccination.

I highly recommend that you register your children for their COVID-19 vaccination ASAP!

Please don’t waste this opportunity to protect them against COVID-19 for FREE!

Read more : How To Register Children For Vaccine In MySejahtera!

 

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Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Extended… Again!

The deadline for ALL senior citizens and Sinovac vaccine recipients to receive a booster dose in Malaysia has been extended… AGAIN!

 

Booster Deadline For Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended Again!

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 28 February 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

On 24 February 2022, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that the deadline has been extended, and both groups will have until the 31 March 2022 to get their booster dose.

On 1 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) extended the deadline again, this time by three (3) months.

This means individuals in both groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status only on 1 July 2022, .

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

KKM Still Offers Sinovac Booster Dose

On 7 February, the Health Minister also shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is now offering Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

They are only offering the Sinovac booster dose, because it is better than not taking one at all. As Khairy quipped, “If you are going to travel to a cold country and refuse the coat that KKM offers, it’s better that we give you a t-shirt than let you go naked“.

That’s quite an apt description, as recent studies (here, here and here) have shown that the Sinovac booster dose is about as useful as a t-shirt in winter.

That said, Khairy also said that there are currently no plans for a 4th shot for Sinovac recipients.

Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

That is why I completely agree with KKM, and highly recommend that Sinovac recipients opt for the much better Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

If you prefer a Chinese vaccine for work or geopolitical reasons, then opt for the Sinopharm vaccine, which is at least slightly better than the Sinovac vaccine.

But no matter what you choose – please get the booster dose ASAP.

You can walk-in for your booster dose at any Mega PPV or Offsite PPV, or get an appointment at a GP PPV. So it’s really convenient.

Read more : Walk-In Booster Dose Available At All PPVs Across Malaysia!

 

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KKM : Those Who Refuse Booster Will Not Lose Privileges

KKM just announced that those who refuse their booster dose will not lose their fully-vaccinated privileges, only their status.

 

Status Changes For Those Who Refuse Booster Dose

Starting 1 April 2022, individuals in the two groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac or Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

Vaccination Status Pre-Departure On Arrival Additional Test
or Quarantine
Child (< 7 Years Old) No Test Required No Test
No Quarantine
Boosted (≥18 Years) PCR test
within 2 days
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 24 hours
Fully Vaccinated
Fully Vaccinated
+ Post-COVID-19
(11-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter *
if hospitalised
Children / Teenagers
(7-17 Years)
PCR test
within 2 days
Not Vaccinated with
Medical Exemption
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated
Day 4 PCR or
Day 5 RTK

5-Day Quarantine
Partially Vaccinated
or Unvaccinated

+ Post-COVID-19
(11-60 Days)
Professional
RTK-Ag
within 2 days
or FTT letter *
if hospitalised

* FTT = Fit To Travel

 

KKM : Those Who Refuse Booster Will Not Lose Privileges

On 30 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that those who refuse their booster dose will not lose their fully-vaccinated privileges, only their status.

For these individuals – people in the two groups above who refuse to get their booster dose – they will lose the Fully Vaccinated status in MySejahtera, but will be treated like Fully Vaccinated individuals.

  • you will be able to dine-in like Fully Vaccinated individuals
  • you will be able to go shopping like Fully Vaccinated individuals
  • you will be able to go to work like Fully Vaccinated individuals

To comply with this, premise owners are being asked to verify that you are a Partially Vaccinated individual who has received the full primary series vaccine :

  • For 2-dose vaccines (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinovac) : individuals must have exceeded 14 days from their second dose
  • For 1-dose vaccines (Johnson & Johnson, CanSino) : individuals must have exceeded 14 days from their vaccination

Overseas travellers entering Malaysia, however, must be fully-vaccinated with both the primary series vaccine and a booster dose to be allowed to enter these public premises.

 

My Opinion : Those Who Refuse Booster Dose Should Lose Privileges

This is a really confusing move. If you are in the two vulnerable groups, and refuse your booster dose :

  • you will lose your fully-vaccinated status, but not your privileges.
  • your MySejahtera will say Partially Vaccinated, but you will be treated like Fully Vaccinated.

So it begs the question – what’s the use of labelling them as Partially Vaccinated, if it makes no practical difference?

Even more perplexing – KKM requires overseas travellers to be boosted, but not vulnerable citizens. This makes it extremely difficult and confusing for premise owners to vet.

This is a table I came up with to summarise what KKM just announced about who should be allowed into public premises :

MySejahtera
Status
Overseas
Traveller
Malaysian
Resident
Boosted Allowed
Fully Vaccinated Not Allowed Allowed
Partially Vaccinated
(No Booster)
Not Allowed Allowed
Partially Vaccinated
(1 Dose of 2 Dose Vaccine)
Not Allowed Not Allowed
Unvaccinated Not Allowed

I have a feeling it’s going to cause considerable confusion amongst business owners and the public alike.

KKM ended their press statement, calling for these vulnerable groups to get their booster dose. I seriously doubt they will be taken seriously after telling them it makes no real difference.

 

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ALL Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

Please note that ALL Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccine recipients must get a booster dose, or lose their fully-vaccinated status in April!

Here is what you need to know…

 

ALL Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

On 24 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that all adult recipients of the Sinovac vaccine must get a booster dose by 31 March 2022.

That was extended on 24 March 2022, to include individuals 18 years and older who were fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine.

Starting 1 April 2022, all adults who received the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccine will lose their fully-vaccinated status, if they fail to get their booster dose.

Instead, they will receive a Partially Vaccinated status in their MySejahtera app.

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated

This also includes senior citizens 60 years and older, regardless of which vaccine they received earlier. They must ALL receive their booster dose, or receive a Partially Vaccinated status in their MySejahtera app.

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

 

What Booster Dose Is Best For Sinovac / Sinopharm Recipients?

The Malaysia Ministry of Health is offering four different booster doses for FREE.

  • Sinovac Recipients : Pfizer, AstraZeneca, CanSino or Sinovac
  • Sinopharm Recipients : Pfizer or AstraZeneca

The best booster dose you can receive is the Pfizer booster dose, followed by the AstraZeneca booster dose.

They are not only better vaccines (with higher efficacy), the mixing of vaccines (heterologous vaccination) will greatly increase protection against the coronavirus.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine (for travel and personal reasons), then opt for the CanSino vaccine.

They are also allowing you to walk-into the nearest PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) for your booster dose.

So take this opportunity to get a boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!
Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?
Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

 

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Alert : COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

Please note that your COVID-19 vaccination status in Malaysia will change on 1 April 2022, depending on the vaccine and number of doses you received.

Take a look at the finalised schedule of COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will take effect very soon!

 

Vaccination Status Changes For Seniors, Sinovac + Sinopharm Recipients

On 24 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that these individuals will be required to get a booster dose by 31 March 2022.

  • 60 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine
  • 18 years and older who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

That was extended on 24 March 2022, to include individuals 18 years and older who were fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine as well.

Starting 1 April 2022, individuals in all three groups who do not get their booster dose will lose their fully-vaccinated status.

To be clear – this is not a vaccine mandate. You are free to refuse the booster dose. However, your MySejahtera will show that you are not fully-vaccinated.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Changes On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health also announced changes to the COVID-19 vaccination status, adding a new Booster status.

From 1 April 2022 onwards, there will be four possible vaccination status in MySejahtera (from best to worst) :

  • Boosted
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Partially Vaccinated
  • Unvaccinated

For your convenience, here is a table summarising the COVID-19 vaccination status changes that will kick in on 1 April 2022 :

COVID-19 Vaccine No. of Doses 18-59
Years Old
60 Years Old
& Above
Sinovac
Sinopharm
2 Doses Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Fully Vaccinated
Pfizer
Moderna
AstraZeneca
Covaxin
Covishield
Novavax
Sputnik V
2 Doses Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
3 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated
CanSino
Janssen
Sputnik Light
1 Dose Fully Vaccinated Partially Vaccinated
2 Doses Boosted Fully Vaccinated

Please note that the Malaysia Ministry of Health is offering four different booster doses for FREE.

They are also allowing you to walk-into the nearest PPV (COVID-19 vaccination centre) for your booster dose.

So take this opportunity to get a boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

 

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Malaysia COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy : 22 March Edition!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia, as of 21 March 2022!

 

Malaysia Ramping Up COVID-19 Booster Dose Program!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months ago.

It was then expanded to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago, on 22 October 2021.

On 9 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

On 24 November 2021, KKM announced that it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

On 16 December 2021, KKM made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to receive the booster shot, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 28 December 2021, KKM halved the booster dose interval for most COVID-19 vaccines!

On 21 March 2022, KKM added the CanSino booster dose to the PICK vaccination programme, and updated its booster dose recommendations.

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

Here is our summary of Malaysia’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy!

Why Should We Get It?

It is recommended that you get the booster dose to better protect against more contagious COVID-19 variants like the Delta variant, and the new Omicron variant.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta and Omicron variants are partially-resistant to the vaccines, and will cause more breakthrough infections.

While most of these breakthrough infections will be mild or moderate, it puts vulnerable people – the elderly and people with co-morbidities – at risk. That’s why they are being given the booster shot first, over everyone else.

In addition, protection from COVID-19 vaccines have been shown to wane over 2-6 months, so a booster dose is necessary to restore protection.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!
Read more : Why The Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Pfizer booster dose on 8 October 2021.

Only on 17 November 2021 did they also approve the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster doses.

Then on 6 January 2022, they approved the CanSino vaccine as a booster dose.

How Soon Can You Get The Booster Dose?

You can now get your booster dose as early as THREE (3) months after completing your primary series for most vaccines, or TWO (2) months for the Janssen vaccine.

Here is a table I created to summarise the booster options and when you can get one :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / CanSino / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

If you must have a Chinese vaccine, then consider the CanSino booster shot, which is superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Note : CITF-B originally allowed a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca or CanSino booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot, because it is superior to the CanSino booster shot.

Opt for the CanSino booster shot, if you must have a Chinese vaccine.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Who Can Receive It?

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the COVID-19 booster doses will be available to all individuals 18 years and above.

However, the appointments will be prioritised using the age step down approach, with priority for frontliners, individuals with co-morbidities, pregnant mothers, and those who have to travel overseas.

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is NOT mandatory.

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

Yes, for certain vulnerable groups.

On 16 December 2021, the Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that these individuals MUST receive a booster shot by end of February 2022, to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

On 7 February 2022, this was extended to end of March 2022.

  • Individuals who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and
  • Individuals 60 years and older who completed other COVID-19 vaccines,

Those who do not meet these requirements by end of March 2022 will lose their “fully-vaccinated” status in MySejahtera.

They will only regain their fully-vaccinated status once they receive the booster dose.

Read more : Booster Deadline for Seniors + Sinovac Recipients Extended!

Is It A Good Idea To Mix COVID-19 Vaccines?

Yes, studies have shown that it is not only safe to mix COVID-19 vaccines, such heterologous vaccinations will greatly increase your protection against the coronavirus.

Many countries are now giving heterologous booster shots, and the JKJAV expert committee has also recommended to proceed with heterologous vaccinations.

Heterologous vaccination is like learning different martial arts. By learning different ways to handle the coronavirus, your immune system is better able to beat COVID-19.

The Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who was vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine, also received a Pfizer heterologous booster shot :

Do We Need To Pay?

Like the COVID-19 vaccine, the booster shot is provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

You do NOT need to apply for the COVID-19 booster dose.

Once you are eligible, you will be given an appointment notification in MySejahtera to go to a GP / government clinic or hospital for your booster dose.

If you do not have MySejahtera, you will be informed by SMS. So please keep an eye out for your appointment!

You can also put yourself on the COVID-19 vaccine standby list at nearby clinics.

Read more : How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List?

 

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You Can Soon Get CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!

You can soon get the CanSino booster dose for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme!

Here is what you need to know…

 

You Can Soon Get CanSino Booster Dose For FREE!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) conditionally approved the CanSino Convidecia vaccine as a booster dose on 6 January 2022.

This conditional approval allows the CanSino Convidecia booster dose to be given to individuals 18 years and older, after 3 to 6 months from getting the single-dose vaccine.

On 21 March 2022, KKM announced that they will make the CanSino booster dose available for FREE under the PICK vaccination programme.

It will mainly be used as a booster dose for existing Chinese vaccines.

You will be able to apply for the CanSino booster dose in MySejahtera shortly.

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer, AstraZeneca,
CanSino or Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Moderna Pfizer or AstraZeneca
CanSino Pfizer, AstraZeneca
or CanSino
Sputnik V Pfizer or AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer or AstraZeneca After 2 months

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : A Quick Primer

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 SARS-CoV-2 protein spike, which are then created by your own cells and presented on their surfaces.

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

The Convidecia is a single-dose vaccine, so its booster dose is its “second” dose. It works by triggering the immune system a second time, greatly boosting the amount of antibodies.

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

 

CanSino Convidecia Booster Dose : Should You Get It?

The Sinovac primary dose vaccine had a 65.7% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19, so its booster dose will certainly be superior to the Sinovac booster dose (50.4% efficacy).

It is likely that KKM is offering the CanSino booster dose as a superior alternative to the Sinovac booster dose, to those who must absolutely receive only a Chinese vaccine.

That said, its efficacy is not as good as the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccine. That is why KKM is still recommending the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

If you want the best possible booster dose, get the Pfizer vaccine. Alternatively, get the AstraZeneca vaccine if you have an allergic reaction or strong side effects from an earlier Pfizer vaccination.

But opt for the CanSino booster dose, if you need a Chinese vaccine for easier travel to China. It is certainly a superior vaccine to the other option – Sinovac.

Hopefully, the introduction of the CanSino booster dose will see the Sinovac vaccine phased out for good.

 

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Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?

Now that both the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines are approved for 5-11 year old kids, some parents are wondering – which is the better vaccine for their child?

Here is a quick summary of both vaccines, as well as their safety and their efficacy against COVID-19!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Child Vaccine : Different From Adult Vaccines?

One of the first questions parents ask me is if the Pfizer and/or Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children are the same, as the adult vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year old children is an improved formulation based on the adult vaccine, while the Sinovac vaccine is exactly the same for both adult and children.

Here is a simple and quick comparison :

Characteristics Pfizer Vaccine
for Kids
Sinovac Vaccine
for Kids
Formulation Improved with Tris buffer
More stable, longer storage
No change
No. of Doses 2 Doses
No change
2 Doses
No change
Dosage 10 micrograms
1/3 of adult dose
3 micrograms
Same as adult dose
Volume 0.2 ml
2/3 of adult vaccine
0.5 ml
Same as adult vaccine
Dose Interval 8 Weeks *
5 weeks longer
4 weeks
Same as adult vaccine

* In some countries only, Pfizer still recommends the original 3-week dose interval

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Better For Your Child?

Pfizer Child Vaccine Efficacy : 90.7%

The Pfizer bridging study showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine was 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Their study also showed that the Pfizer paediatric vaccine produced high neutralising antibody titres against the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant at 1 month after Dose 2.

One Month
After Dose 2
Geometric Mean Titres
(GMT)
Difference
USA-WA1/2020 (Reference) 365.3 +36.5X
B.1.617.2 (Delta) 294.9 +29.5X
Unvaccinated 10 Baseline

Sinovac Child Vaccine Efficacy : Unknown

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

Pfizer Is Definitely Better Than Sinovac For Your Child

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate your child with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections in 5-11 year-old children.

It is highly unlikely that even the adult dose of the Sinovac vaccine can impart anything close to its original 50.4% efficacy against the ancestral COVID-19 virus, and it seems very likely to perform poorly against the Delta and Omicron variants.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!
Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids : What You Need To Know!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Vaccine : Which Is Safer For Your Child?

This is also another question that many parents are asking. Everyone is worried about COVID-19, but no one wants their child to be “injured” by a vaccine.

There isn’t a straight answer, because safety has to be balanced against the risk of injury from a breakthrough infection – getting COVID-19 despite being vaccinated.

Sinovac Vaccine : Fewer Side Effects But Low Efficacy

The Sinovac vaccine is no doubt a very safe vaccine, with fewer complaints of side effects. Generally, they include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

While parents will be relieved to hear that, I must point out that this is because the Sinovac vaccine generates a much weaker immune response. Even with an aluminium hydroxide adjuvant to boost the immune response, its efficacy is relatively poor at 50.4% against the original COVID-19 virus.

Pfizer Vaccine : More Side Effects But Much Higher Efficacy

The Pfizer vaccine is also a very safe vaccine, with rare risks of anaphylaxis and myocarditis in young adults and adolescents. The risk is not much higher than with other vaccines, as my table of data from the massive SAFECOVAC study shows :

  • Pfizer : 1 in every 1.11 million doses
  • AstraZeneca : 1 in every 1.43 million doses
  • Sinovac : 1 in every 2 million doses
Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

We must also remember that myocarditis is a condition that can affect anyone who suffers a viral infection, and is also seen with a COVID-19 infection.

In fact, you are far more likely to get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection than either the Pfizer or Sinovac vaccine.

Here is my comparison of the myocarditis risk of triple vaccination (two doses + booster) versus a single COVID-19 infection.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

No matter how you slice and dice the results, it is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

If you are worried about your child getting myocarditis, you should definitely protect him/her using the best COVID-19 vaccine you can get, and that would be the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

 

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Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

You can now get the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for your 5-11 year-old kids in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : Approved In Malaysia!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) gave conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

It is also the second vaccine to be approved for use in the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme for children.

Read more : Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

 

Sinovac Vaccine for 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

Here is what you need to know about the use of the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids in the PICKids vaccination programme for children.

When Will PICKids Offer Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

PICKids started offering the Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids starting 7 March 2022.

What Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Sinovac vaccine for 5-11 year old kids is the SAME as the Sinovac vaccine for adults.

This is an inactivated virus vaccine – which uses real SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been killed (deactivated) using β-propiolactone, a sterilising agent.

What Is The Dose For Kids?

The dose is the same for kids, as it is for adults – 600 SU (3 µg) of inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus ,together with aluminium hydroxide (as adjuvant) in 0.5 ml of phosphate-buffered saline.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine by Sinovac – Your Questions Answered!

What Is The Dose Interval

Children 5-11 years in age will receive two doses, with an interval of 4 weeks between each dose.

Where Is The Vaccine Injected?

Just like in adults, the Sinovac vaccine will be injected into the deltoid muscle of the child’s shoulder.

Who Qualifies For Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

The Malaysia Ministry of Health recommends the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as the COVID-19 vaccine of choice for children 5-11 years in age.

However, they will offer the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine to :

  • children who cannot receive the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine for health reasons
  • children who do not have co-morbidities
  • children whose parents refuse to allow them to be vaccinated with the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine

Read more : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids – What You Need To Know!

Who Must NOT Take Sinovac Vaccine For Kids?

Children who are 5-11 years in age must NOT take the Sinovac vaccine if they have :

  • a history of allergy to any ingredient used in the manufacture of the Sinovac vaccine
  • a severe reaction to the first dose of the Sinovac vaccine
  • severe neurological diseases like transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, demyelinating diseases
  • uncontrolled chronic diseases

Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Offered For Free?

The Sinovac vaccine is offered for FREE at all COVID-19 Vaccination Centres (PPVs) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health and ProtectHealth.

The Sinovac vaccine is also available in private clinics and hospitals as a paid vaccination option.

Where Is Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Being Offered?

Parents or guardians can register their children for the vaccine through the MySejahtera app. The appointment will be issued through the parent’s / guardian’s MySejahtera app.

Parents or guardians can also bring their children to selected PPVs to walk-in for their COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more : Full List of Walk-In PICKids Vaccine PPVs in Malaysia!

Sinovac Vaccine For Kids Who Received Pfizer Vaccine

Children who experienced a serious reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine for children, can receive one dose of the Sinovac vaccine as their second dose, 4 weeks after the first dose.

Children Who Miss Their Vaccine Appointment

Children who miss their appointments, or are not able to make it for health or other unforeseen circumstances, can cancel their appointments and book a new one.

Potential Side Effects Of Sinovac Vaccine

Most side effects of the Sinovac vaccine are mild and temporary, with recovery in just a few days without treatment.

They include pain and swelling at the injection site, fever, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, joint pain, cough, chills, sore throat and runny nose.

When Can Infected Children Get Vaccinated?

Children can get vaccinated against COVID-19, after they fully recover from COVID-19 – at least 14 days after they are infected, and have already completed their isolation.

Read more : When Can You Get Vaccinated After COVID-19 Infection?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval of the Sinovac vaccine will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, they did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems very improbable that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

If you want the best protection for your child, get the new Pfizer vaccine for kids. Only consider the Sinovac vaccine if your child has an adverse reaction to the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

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Malaysia Approves Sinovac Covid-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids

Malaysia just approved the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 3 March 2022, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced that the 370th Drug Control Authority meeting has agreed to give conditional approval to the Sinovac CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

The conditional approval is for CoronaVac Suspension for Injection COVID-19 Vaccine (Vero Cell) manufactured by both Sinovac Life Sciences Co. Ltd. in China, as well as Pharmaniaga Lifescience Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia.

This makes the Sinovac CoronaVac the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved in Malaysia for children 5 to 11 years in age, after the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine on 6 January 2022.

 

Should You Get Sinovac Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids?

This conditional approval will be a relief for many parents who have been holding out for an alternative to the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and spur vaccination rates.

Back in October 2021, the KKM ran a Phase 3 clinical trial to determine the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for children 3-11 years in age.

However, the Malaysia Ministry of Health did not reveal what was the efficacy of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for the 5-11 year old age group, or how it performed against the Omicron variant.

We do know that the adult dose was only 50.4% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 from the original SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that it has zero efficacy against the Omicron variant (see link and table below).

Read more : What HKU Study Revealed About Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

It seems unlikely that the same vaccine would impart better efficacy in children, more so against the Delta or Omicron variants.

Until there are good peer-reviewed Phase 3 results of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for 5-11 year-old children, I believe it is far more prudent to vaccinate our children with the Pfizer COMIRNATY paediatric vaccine.

At least the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has been proven in a Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections.

I believe KKM will continue to use the superior Pfizer vaccine in the PICKids vaccination program, while allowing hesitant parents to get the Sinovac vaccine for their children through private clinics and hospitals.

This may be the best way forward for everyone.

 

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How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

Find out how to walk-in for your free Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV nationwide!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

On 7 February 2022, Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin shared that 3.5 million people who were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine still have not received their booster dose.

To encourage them to get their booster dose, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) will offer Sinovac recipients the option of a Sinovac booster dose.

KKM however strongly recommends that Sinovac recipients receive either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose, because they offer much better protection.

Read more : ALL Seniors + Sinovac Recipients MUST Get Booster Dose!

 

How To Walk-In For Free Sinovac Booster At Offsite PPV!

On 12 February 2022, ProtectHealth Corporation announced that they will make the Sinovac booster dose available for FREE at all Offsite PPVs under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

Starting Monday, 14 February 2022, you can walk-in for your Sinovac booster dose at any Offsite PPV in Malaysia.

You can look for the nearest Offsite PPV using the ProtectHealth Vaccination Centre search feature.

All individuals who walk-in for the booster dose must ensure that they have a proper digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate in MySejahtera before going to the PPV.

Those who do not have a digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate because they do not have a smartphone, can bring their physical vaccination card to the PPV.

Here is the official checklist of what you need to do BEFORE going to get your COVID-19 booster dose at the PPV :

  1. Get enough sleep
  2. Eat breakfast or lunch before going to the PPV
  3. Be in good health, with no symptoms
  4. Wear suitable and comfortable clothes
  5. Wear a face mask
  6. Bring your identity card / document (e.g. passport)
  7. Bring your vaccination card as proof of completed primary vaccination, if you don’t have MySejahtera
  8. Make sure you are not required to be under quarantine!

Read more : What Should You Do Before / During / After Booster Dose?

 

Should You Get Sinovac Booster Dose At PPV?

Now that KKM is offering the Sinovac vaccine booster dose for free, should you get it? That very much depends on a number of factors.

Read more :

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

If you are allergic to the Pfizer vaccine, then you definitely cannot receive a booster dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

You will have to get a booster dose of other vaccine types – viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca or Sputnik V, or inactivated virus vaccines like Sinovac or Sinopharm.

But with so many better vaccine options available out there, Sinovac CoronaVac should be your last choice, not your first.

Are There Better Options?

If you are given the option to switch to Pfizer or AstraZeneca, you should definitely opt for either one over the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Of all the WHO approved vaccines, Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, offering just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.

And that was before it was tested against the Delta or Omicron variants. Studies have shown that two doses of Sinovac offered less protection against Delta, and no protection against Omicron.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate
Pfizer Sinovac
Alpha 100% 100%
Beta 100% 0%
Delta 100% 68%
Omicron 20% – 24% 0%

Must You Get A Chinese Vaccine?

The popularity of Chinese vaccines is partly due to Chinese propaganda, and partly because China offers travel advantages for people vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

People who need to travel to China are still FORCED to pay for Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccines to avoid additional PCR tests.

So here is my advice. If you have to travel to China, opt for the Sinopharm vaccine. It is not only cheaper than Sinovac, it is a far better COVID-19 vaccine!

Vaccine Ancestral Delta Variant Omicron Variant
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Sinopharm COVILO 68% 73% 67% 71% 35% 53%
Sinovac CoronaVac 47% 50% 46% 49% 24% 37%

 

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Is Sinovac + Pfizer Combo Less Effective Against Omicron?

Was the combination of Sinovac and Pfizer proven to be less effective against the Omicron variant of COVID-19?

Let’s take a look at the claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Sinovac + Pfizer Combo Proven Less Effective Against Omicron

On 9 February 2022, The Edge posted an article with the title “Combination of Sinovac and Pfizer proven less effective to fight Omicron, says Pharmaniaga“.

The article covers Pharmaniaga’s statement which suggested that a third dose of Sinovac (of which they are the licensed distributor) is better than the Pfizer booster dose.

Let me share the relevant parts of the article, with key segments in bold. It’s a long read, so you can skip to the next section for the facts.

Pharmaniaga Bhd, citing a study conducted by Yale University, said that two doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine with a Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose are less effective and produces a lower immune response against the Omicron variant compared with other strains.

On the other hand, Pharmaniaga, which is the licensed distributor of Sinovac vaccine in Malaysia, highlighted that a separate research by Sinovac Biotech Ltd shows that three doses of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine produced higher neutralising antibodies in 95% of recipients compared with 3.3% by the second dose against a variant of concern (VOC), including Omicron.

 

Truth : Pfizer Booster Is Superior To Sinovac Booster Against Omicron

I have not read the actual Pharmaniaga statement, because it is still not available on their website.

However, I had earlier written about the Yale University study, and the statement as shared by The Edge appears to misrepresent what the study actually said.

It also appears to ignore what other studies have said about the poor efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine, including their own Phase 3 trial results.

Let’s go through the claims, and see what the facts really are…

Fact #1 : All Vaccines Are Less Effective Against Omicron

Because it has so many mutations, the Omicron variant is more able to escape the antibody protection that vaccines offer. This is true for all COVID-19 vaccines, not just the Pfizer vaccine.

It seems rather disingenuous for Pharmaniaga to point out that the Pfizer booster dose is less effective against Omicron, compared to other variants… when that is the case for all other vaccines, including Sinovac.

Fact #2 : Booster Dose Will Always Raise Antibody Levels

A booster dose is like a refresher course for your immune system. It will always boost antibody levels against COVID-19.

So the “separate research by Sinovac” themselves (instead of a neutral third party) only tells us that their booster dose is doing what other booster doses are doing – increasing antibody levels.

Abuthen? Did you expect a different result?

Fact #3 : What They Didn’t Say Is Interesting…

You can pick up more information if you note what Pharmaniaga did not say, assuming The Edge did not leave out anything pertinent.

For example, Pharmaniaga did not mention how much was the increase in antibody levels. Why not?

Neither did they confirm that the higher level was sufficient to protect against the Omicron variant. Why not?

They also conspicuously did not claim that the Sinovac booster dose is more effective than the Pfizer booster dose against the Omicron variant. Why not?

Fact #4 : Pfizer Booster Greatly Improves Protection

The Yale University study showed that two doses of Sinovac with a Pfizer booster dose gives protection equivalent to two mRNA vaccine doses.

However, the Pharmaniaga statement left out the very pertinent fact of what that actually meant :

  • 10.1X higher NAb levels against ancestral (original) virus : 
  • 6.3X higher NAb levels against Delta variant : 

The study also showed that two doses of Sinovac with a Pfizer booster offered 40% better protection against Omicron than two doses of the mRNA vaccines.

In other words, the Pfizer booster dose greatly improves on the mediocre protection offered by the Sinovac vaccine, but it may not be at par with 3-doses of other vaccines.

Read more : Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

Fact #5 : Cross Protection Not Seen With Sinovac Vaccine

According to Pharmaniaga, the Yale University study showed that no cross protection (hybrid immunity) was seen in Sinovac recipients who receive a Pfizer booster dose.

That is absolutely correct, but it does not mean what they think it means.

Professor Iwasaki specifically pointed out, “Prior infection only synergies with the mRNA vax to elevate broadly neutralizing Ab but not with inactivated vax. This may relate to the persistent GC (Germinal Centre) responses in mRNA vax”.

In other words, this synergistic boost in antibody levels from a COVID-19 infection is only seen with mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY, but not seen with inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac vaccine.

Let me put it plainly – the Yale study showed that if you want cross protection (hybrid immunity), you will get it with the Pfizer vaccine, but not with the Sinovac vaccine.

Fact #6 : Pfizer Superior To Sinovac Against Beta, Delta + Omicron

A recent Hong Kong University (HKU) study showed that while the Pfizer vaccine is less effective against Omicron, the Sinovac vaccine is worse.

  • Sinovac vaccine antibodies were completely unable to bind to the Beta and Omicron variants.
  • Sinovac vaccine antibodies were only able to bind to the Delta variant in 68% of individuals.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate
Pfizer Sinovac
Alpha 100% 100%
Beta 100% 0%
Delta 100% 68%
Omicron 20% – 24% 0%

Incidentally, the Yale University study also pointed out that there was NO detectable neutralisation against the Omicron variant in people who received two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

Even Pharmaniaga themselves inadvertently confirmed it, when their statement mentioned that only 3.3% of people vaccinated with 2 doses of Sinovac had neutralising antibodies against variants including Omicron.

Fact #7 : 3X Sinovac Doses Not Sufficient Against Omicron

A joint study by Hong Kong University (HKU) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) recently showed that 3 doses of the Sinovac vaccine does not provide sufficient protection against Omicron.

  • Three doses of the Pfizer vaccine offer the highest level of protection against Omicron.
  • A Pfizer booster dose given to those who received two Sinovac vaccine doses obtain good protective antibody levels against Omicron.
  • Three doses of the Sinovac vaccine do not provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Antibody levels of three doses of the Sinovac vaccine were roughly equal to two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Fact #8 : Sinovac Is Least Efficacious COVID-19 Vaccine

The Sinovac CoronaVac is the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine, barely qualifying for its EUA/EUL with a 50.4% efficacy rate in its Phase 3 trial.

Back when vaccine supply was extremely limited, some protection was better than nothing at all, which is why health authorities deployed the Sinovac vaccine.

Now that we have supplies of better vaccines – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, etc., there is no longer any reason to settle for the Sinovac CoronaVac.

It is impossible for the Sinovac vaccine to improve its efficacy against the ancestral (original) COVID-19 virus, and it is certainly ludicrous to suggest that a third dose will boost its efficacy from 50.4% to 94%.

Please listen to advice from health authorities, instead of a vaccine manufacturer and/or its distributor.

CITF-B strongly recommends the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose for Sinovac recipients, because they offer better protection.

Sinovac recipients are at the highest risk of a breakthrough infection, because they have the least protection. So make sure you get the best booster dose you can!

 

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Did Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Reject Booster Dose?

Did Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin reject taking the COVID-19 booster dose?

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

 

Claim : Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Rejects Booster Dose!

People are sharing a TikTok video by @wakproton showing Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin saying that he doesn’t need the COVID-19 booster shot.

The text in the video said, “Hahahaha… KJ pun tolak BOOSTER!“, which in English meant “Hahahaha… KJ also rejected the booster!

Here is my translated transcript for context :

I took Sinovac quite late, so I don’t need the booster yet. But this is a serious answer – the booster is only offered to people who should have it.

I’m young, I do not have co-morbidities at the moment, so I should not be taking a booster because I would be taking a vaccine from somebody else.

So the booster dose should be given to people who, according to experts, can be given the booster – people who are 60 years and older, those with co-morbidities, those who are immunocompromised. The boosters are for those people, not healthy people right now.

We are not recommending boosters for healthy people right now. It’s just for certain groups that we are giving the booster dose.

 

Truth : Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Did Not Reject Booster Dose

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination fake news created by misrepresenting statements from the past.

Fact #1 : This Video Was From 20 September 2021

First, I need to point out that this video was taken at a press conference on 20 September 2021 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport – more than 4 months ago!

It was FALSELY shared as a new video, to trick people into believing that the Health Minister was rejecting the booster dose.

The TikTok video creator, @wakproton used this old video to intentionally mislead you.

Fact #2 : Booster Doses Limited To High-Risk Groups At That Time

Back in September 2021, vaccine supply was still limited, and studies show that fully-vaccinated people still had good protection against COVID-19.

Hence, the priority was to give at least 80% of the adult population the chance the get the primary series of the vaccine first. Then, the booster dose would be given to a priority group who are most at risk :

  • frontliners
  • individuals 60 years and older
  • individuals with co-morbidities
  • immunocompromised individuals

This was the same order of priority that was adopted when Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia

Fact #3 : Khairy Jamaluddin Received His Booster Dose On 29 October 2021

Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin received his COVID-19 booster dose on 29 October 2021.

He received a Pfizer booster dose, to complement his two Sinovac vaccine doses taken earlier, to demonstrate that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) is safe and effective.

So the claim that he rejected the booster dose is utter nonsense.

Fact #4 : Booster Shot Recommended For All Adults

After the a month and half of giving the booster shot to the priority group, the government recommended the booster dose for all individuals 40 years and older on 9 November 2021.

That was then expanded to all individuals 18 years and older on 24 November 2021 – the same day South Africa reported the discovery of the Omicron variant to the WHO.

Since then, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) and Khairy Jamaluddin have been actively encouraging people to get the COVID-19 booster dose.

Fact #5 : Booster Shot Helps Protect Against Variants

KKM has strongly recommended the booster shot, to protect against the Delta and Omicron variants, after the recent RECoVaM study showed the waning protection of COVID-19 vaccines.

They were also concerned about the latest data on the Omicron variant, which showed greater transmissibility, higher viral binding affinity and higher antibody escape.

Evidence showed that a booster shot can increase protection against the Omicron variant. And early research involving 21 million booster doses in the UK showed that they are safe.

In line with those results, regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia as well as panels of health experts now recommend that the booster dose vaccination should be given as early as three (3) months after completing the primary vaccine.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

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Did Malaysia Health DG Admit Vaccines Cause Myocarditis?

Did the Malaysia DG of Health confirm that COVID-19 vaccine recipients are getting myocarditis?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Did Malaysia Health DG Hisham Admit Risk Of Vaccine Myocarditis?

A Malaysian website called Samudera has been promoting their article on WhatsApp and Telegram, which warns readers that Malaysia DG of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, admitted that vaccine recipients are getting myocarditis.

This was the message they sent out on Telegram and WhatsApp (with our English translation in italics) :

Confirmed!! DG Hisham Sahkan Kes Radang Jantung Pada Penerima Vaksin

Confirmed!! DG Hisham Confirms Myocarditis In Vaccine Recipients

56% kes Radang Jantung dari penerima Pfizer!!

56% of myocarditis cases from Pfizer recipients!!

Lepas tu KJ nak suruh kita ambil & suntik anak2 kita pula??

And KJ (Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin) asked us to get the vaccine, and inject our kids too?

Anak dia bila nak suntik??

When will he inject his own children??

The message includes links to their article, and Telegram channel, both of which I removed because they are misleading.

For context, here is my English translation of what Samudera wrote in their article :

Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that 56% of myocarditis detected was related to the Pfizer vaccine, 36% related to Sinovac and 8% related to AstraZeneca.

According to him, at least 25 cases of myocarditis was detected within 3 weeks of receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations.

This admission by the Director-General of Health himself indirectly increases the concerns of some Malaysians towards vaccines, especially those using the mRNA technology.

In addition to warnings by American health authorities, the WHO also reported on the potential relationship between mRNA vaccines and myocarditis.

 

Truth : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk In Malaysia Less Than 1 In Million!

Samudera intentionally twisted Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah’s words, to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.

That’s misleading and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

The results that Samudera quoted is correct, but appears to be intentionally stripped of context.

Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah was speaking about the new SAFECOVAC study, which looked at the risk of myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

It is true that 25 myocarditis events were observed within 21 days of COVID-19 vaccination, but that was after 33 million doses were administered in Malaysia!

In other words, the vaccine myocarditis risk in Malaysia was less than 1 in a million doses!

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Fact #2 : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Only Slightly Higher With mRNA Vaccines

Samudera curiously ignored the incidence data, and only tells their readers that 56% of vaccine myocarditis cases in Malaysia are related to the Pfizer vaccine.

That’s the wrong way to look at the risk, because it automatically goes up the more you use a particular vaccine, and a majority of vaccine recipients received the Pfizer vaccine.

The correct way is to look at the incidence rate per million doses, which shows that the vaccine myocarditis risk of the Pfizer vaccine is only slightly higher than that of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.

Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

Fact #3 : Myocarditis Risk From COVID-19 Is Much Higher!

What Samudera and other anti-vaccination websites / activists don’t tell you is that – COVID-19 patients suffer from myocarditis too!

In fact, the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is much, MUCH higher than the risk of getting myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination.

Using the new SAFECOVAC data, I extrapolated the risk of getting THREE DOSES of COVID-19 vaccines against the risk of a single COVID-19 infection :

Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

Fact #4 : Vaccine Myocarditis Generally Mild

Myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination is generally mild, and patients respond well to medication and rest.

We just need to be cognisant about the symptoms, and seek medical attention when we notice them :

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of a fast-beating or pounding heart

Fact #5 : CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Samudera insinuated that US health authorities are warning people about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – the US CDC not only recommends that adults get vaccinated, they also advise that children as young as 5 years old should get vaccinated against COVID-19.

CDC continues to recommend that everyone ages 5 years and older get vaccinated for COVID-19.

The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.

Fact #6 : WHO Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination

Samudera also insinuated that the World Health Organization (WHO) are warning people about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.

The truth is – the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) looked at the issue, and acknowledged the clear benefits off the mRNA vaccines in reduce deaths and hospitalisations due to COVID-19 infections.

They also pointed out that “myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination is generally mild and responds to conservative treatment (e.g. rest, treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs etc)“.

Now that you know the facts, please SHARE this fact check, and WARN your family and friends about the fake viral message, and the Samudera website.

 

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Did Malaysia Health Ministry Use Expired COVID-19 Vaccines?

Is the Malaysia Health Ministry giving us expired COVID-19 vaccines?

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

 

Claim : Malaysia Health Ministry Is Using Expired COVID-19 Vaccines!

This message is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is using EXPIRED COVID-19 vaccines.

A million vaccine shots tossed in Indonesia on short expiry date

Our health ministry and Minister must explain why Indonesia is discarding expired vaccine shots while our Health minister is extending the expired period to six months.

It is known that once a vaccine or any medicine is expired it loses its efficacy and should not be given. But our DG and Health Minister on their own accord without any advice from from the vaccine maker decided to extend the expiry period and give it to our people.

Is Malaysian lives so cheap that expired vaccine can be given to our people without fear that it may have adverse effects on the people.?

 

Truth : Malaysia Is Not Using Expired COVID-19 Vaccines!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp about COVID-19 vaccines.

Malaysia is NOT using expired COVID-19 vaccines, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Most Expired Vaccines In Indonesia Had Short Shelf Life Left

It is true that more than a million COVID-19 vaccine doses were discarded in Indonesia after they expired. But that was because most of them were donated with just 1-3 months of shelf life left!

On 19 January 2022, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told the Indonesian Parliament that about 98% of the 1.1 million doses that were discarded were “donated just 1-3 months away from expiry“.

In other words, it was almost impossible for Indonesia to distribute and use those vaccines before they expired.

Hence, the Indonesian government will be “more selective and only accept doses expiring in three months or longer“.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Lives Were Too Short

When properly stored, vaccines can last a long time. Most vaccines actually have a shelf life of about three years.

However, vaccine manufacturers have been extraordinarily cautious when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. Many COVID-19 vaccines ship with shelf lives of only 3 to 6 months!

The key takeaway point is that COVID-19 vaccine shelf lives are extraordinarily short. Many healthcare professionals would call them way too short.

Read more : Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

Fact #3 : EUA / EUL Vaccines Do NOT Have Fixed Expiry Dates

The US FDA points out that vaccines authorised for emergency use (EUA / EUL) do NOT have fixed expiry dates.

Vaccines authorized for emergency use – as products that are not approved under a biologics license application and are still being studied under investigational new drug applications– do not have fixed expiry dates.

For those doses that are close to expiry, if they are being held under appropriate conditions for ensuring their integrity for use, they can potentially be quarantined to see if data on new stability studies warrant extension of the initial expiry date according to appropriate policies and procedures.

Fact #4 : Vaccine Shelf Life Extension Is Based On Stability Studies

Vaccine manufacturers can conduct stability studies, to prove that their COVID-19 vaccines remain stable and effective over time.

They can then apply to extend the shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines, which is subject to approval by drug regulatory agencies like the US FDA and the UK MHRA

The shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines will only be extended if stability tests prove that they maintain their potency.

Fact #5 : Vaccine Shelf Life Extension Requested By Manufacturers

The fake news claimed that the Malaysia Health Ministry extended vaccine shelf life on their own accord. That’s complete and utter nonsense.

The vaccine manufacturer must apply for a shelf life extension, and provide their stability study results to prove that their COVID-19 vaccine remain stable and potent beyond the requested shelf life extension.

Fact #6 : Many COVID-19 Vaccines Have Extended Shelf Lives

Many COVID-19 vaccines shipped with very short shelf lives, and have since had them extended, some multiple times.

  • Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY : Extended to 9 months since 22 August 2021
  • Moderna Spikevax : Extended  to 9 months since 23 December 2021
  • J&J Janssen : Extended to 4.5 months on 10 June 2021, and then 6 months on 28 July 2021
  • Sinovac : Extended to 12 months
  • SII Covishield : Extended to 9 months in March 2021
  • Bharat Covaxin : Extended to 12 months on 3 November 2021
  • Sputnik V : Extended to 6 months

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Keeps Getting Extended!

Now that you are aware of the facts, please share this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by this fake news!

 

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SAFECOVAC: Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

The new SAFECOVAC study showed that there is less than one in a million risk of getting myocarditis from any of COVID-19 vaccine used in Malaysia!

Take a look at the results for yourself!

 

SAFECOVAC : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Study In Malaysia

SAFECOVAC is a vaccine safety study (NMRR-21-822-59745) conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the National Institutes of Health, Malaysia.

The study reviewed data from 433,674 hospital admissions from 216 public and private hospitals between February and September 2021, and found that :

  • a total of 25 myocarditis events were observed within 21 days of COVID-19 vaccination
  • 14 myocarditis events were related to the Pfizer COMIRNARTY vaccine
  • 9 myocarditis events were related to the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine
  • 2 myocarditis events were related to the AstraZeneca vaccine

Let me break down the data they just shared, and tell you what they really mean!

 

Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Is Less Than 1 In Million!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health shared some preliminary data from the SAFECOVAC study, which I summarised in this table :

Age Groups Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
Pfizer AstraZeneca Sinovac
Overall 0.9 0.7 0.5
Over 30 Years 1.0 NA 0.6
30 Years + Younger 0.87 NA 0.49

In other words, the risk of getting vaccine-induced myocarditis is only :

  • Pfizer : 1 in every 1.11 million doses
  • AstraZeneca : 1 in every 1.43 million doses
  • Sinovac : 1 in every 2 million doses

As you can tell, that is not only a very low risk. But what you may not know is how it compares to the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infections.

So let’s take the SAFECOVAC data, and extrapolate the risk of myocarditis from people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

No matter how you slice and dice the results, it is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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Did Marathon Runners Collapse From COVID-19 Vaccination?

Did 5 athletes at the Taipei Marathon collapse due to their COVID-19 vaccination?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Marathon Runners Drop Like Flies From COVID-19 Vaccination!

A YouTuber called Tony Lin has gone viral with his video claiming that five athletes at the Taipei Marathon dropped like flies from their COVID-19 vaccinations!

Here is a partial transcript of what he said in his video :

Hi, this is Tony Lin. Welcome to my video.

Can you imagine, in a marathon competition, runners drop like flies. One by one fall into the ground, their hearts stopped beating and they gradually lost consciousness, and they were rushed to the hospital.

This is exactly what happened in an international marathon competition held in Taiwan.

Coincidentally, this is the first ever marathon competition in Taiwan that require the runners to show their vaccination records to join this marathon competition.

He then reads out portions of a news report by a website called Taiwan English News, relevant excerpts which I am reposting here for your convenience :

Five athletes collapsed during the Taipei Marathon event this morning, and were rushed to hospital, at least three having lost vital signs, requiring Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

By 10:30 am, a total of five people had collapsed unconscious in the course of the race. According to reports all five are now conscious and under observation in hospital.

For the first time in its history, the 2021 marathon, with the awkwardly-phrased theme “The Day we Reborn,” required participants to show record of COVID vaccination, or medical record showing proof of recovery from COVID-19, or negative PCR test/rapid antigen test certificate.

 

Truth : Marathon Runners Did NOT Collapse From COVID-19 Vaccination!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS by antivaxxers like Tony Lin, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : 2021 Taipei Marathon Is Not Only For Vaccinated Runners

Tony lied that the 2021 Taipei Marathon requires runners to show their vaccination records to join.

It’s even explained in the Taiwan English News article that 2021 Taipei Marathon participants are required to show one of these:

  • record of COVID-19 vaccination, OR
  • medical record as proof of recovery from COVID-19, OR
  • a negative PCR / RTK certificate

The official 2021 Taipei Marathon regulations stipulate that runners must bring one of the following proof:

  • COVID-19 vaccination record (must be vaccinated before December 5, 2021)
  • PCR test report with negative result after December 13, 2021
  • Proof of RTK self-test with negative result and a signed waiver form
  • Medical proof of recovery (from COVID-19)

In other words, UNVACCINATED people can also participate in the 2021 Taipei Marathon. They just have to prove that they recovered from COVID-19, or test negative on a PCR / RTK test.

Fact #2 : Vaccination Status Of Collapsed Runners Unknown

The vaccination status of the five collapsed marathon runners are unknown. They could be unvaccinated, as I pointed out above.

But Tony Lin suggested that they collapsed due to myocarditis from the COVID-19 vaccine, even though he does not know if they are even vaccinated. He naturally offered NO EVIDENCE to back up his claim.

Even if they were vaccinated, we do not know what COVID-19 vaccine they received. Tony Lin obviously does not know either.

Fact #3 : Cardiac Arrest Is Not Myocarditis

Tony Lin tries to link the cardiac arrest that the runners suffered from, to myocarditis. But they are completely different heart problems.

Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart, that causes an irregular heartbeat or even stops the heart from pumping completely. Victims will immediately collapse unconscious, and may not breathe or have a pulse.

Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, with victims complaining of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding / fast-beating heart.

Read more : Do mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines Increase Heart Disease Risk?

Fact #4 : Runners Collapse At Every Marathon

There is a reason why marathons have medical staff on standby – runners collapse at every marathon event. Some have even died.

The marathon is not your run-of-mill running event. It is a long-distance foot race that stretches out to over 42 kilometres (26 miles)!

During any marathon race, heat from the sun can cause heat stroke, while changes in air temperature can trigger cardiac arrest in vulnerable people.

It is an incredibly strenuous event, even for trained athletes. So it is not uncommon to see runners collapse at marathon races, especially if they were not able to train much during the pandemic.

Fact #5 : Cardiac Arrest Deaths Lower Than Expected

A 2016 systematic medical review found that there was a risk of approximately 0.6 to 1.9 cardiac arrest deaths out of every 100,000 marathon participants.

Even though 5 people ended up suffering from cardiac arrest at the 2021 Taipei Marathon, they recovered after treatment. So the incidence rate of cardiac arrest deaths is actually much lower than expected.

Chien Ding-kuo (簡定國), deputy director at the Department of Emergency Medicine, MacKay Memorial Hospital, said that the high number of OHCA cases might be associated with low temperatures in the early morning as well as under-training.

Fact #6 : Much Higher Risk Of Myocarditis From COVID-19!

What Tony Lin does not point out is that the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is MUCH HIGHER than the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine.

Using data from the new SAFECOVAC study, here is the extrapolated risk of myocarditis for people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

It is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.

So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!

 

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Can COVID-19 Vaccination Damage Our Immune System?

Does COVID-19 vaccination permanently damage our immune system, and prevent us from getting protection against other viruses?

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

 

Claim : COVID-19 Vaccination Damages Our Immune System!

A WhatsApp message has gone viral, claiming that the UK government has admitted that COVID-19 vaccination permanently damages our immune system!

The claim is rather long, so just skip to the next section for the facts…

🔥🔥 BREAKING NEWS

UK Government admit that the vaccines have damaged the natural immune systems of the double jabbed.

The British government has spilled the beans about that fact that once you get double jabbed, you will never again be able to acquire full natural immunity against Covid variants – or possibly any virus.

So let’s watch the ‘real’ pandemic begin now!

 

Truth : COVID-19 Vaccination Will NOT Damage Immune System

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaxxers to scare people, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : UK Government Did Not Say Vaccines Damage Immune Systems

The UK government did not say that “vaccines have damaged the natural immune system of the double jabbed“. That is a complete lie.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccination Boosts Natural Immunity

The claim that COVID-19 vaccination prevents “full natural immunity” against COVID-19 variants is NONSENSICAL.

COVID-19 vaccination may provide different levels of protection for different variants, but it does NOT prevent you from gaining “full natural immunity”, if you get infected anyway.

In fact, it is YOUR OWN immune system that makes those antibodies, not the COVID-19 vaccination. That’s your natural immunity at work.

COVID-19 vaccination only kickstarts the process, so you will have those antibodies before you get infected.

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Vaccination Do Not Prevent Immunity From Other Viruses

The claim that COVID-19 vaccination prevents you from acquiring full natural immunity from other viruses is also FALSE.

COVID-19 vaccination merely teaches your immune system to identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for any COVID-19 vaccine to prevent you from acquiring immunity against other viruses.

Fact #4 : Quote Is In Page 23, Not Page 24

The viral message wrongly asks you to read Page 24 of the COVID-19 Vaccine Surveillance Report (Week 42).

Based on how often the message is being shared, it looks like that NO ONE actually opened the report to read Page 24.

Instead, they all forwarded the viral message, WITHOUT READING and certainly, without first verifying the information.

Fact #5 : Roche N Assay Only Detects Post-Infection Antibodies

In Page 19 of the surveillance report, it is clearly stated that Roche N (nucleoprotein) assay only detects “post-infection antibodies“.

That’s because COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK only produce S (spike) antibodies, so any N antibodies detected would be from actual COVID-19 infections.

Hence, it’s being used to determine how many people who have antibodies from a COVID-19 infection, instead of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #6 : Report Was Gauging Population Exposure To COVID-19

The quote actually refers to the prevalence of S (spike) and N (nucleoprotein) antibodies in UK blood donors, as a way to gauge the population’s exposure to COVID-19. It does not refer to the person’s immunity to COVID-19.

The full section (quote in bold) clearly refers to the surveillance of blood donors, not their immunity to COVID-19.

Seropositivity estimates for S antibody in blood donors are likely to be higher than would be expected in the general population and this probably reflects the fact that donors are more likely to be vaccinated.

Seropositivity estimates for N antibody will underestimate the proportion of the population previously infected due to:

(i) blood donors are potentially less likely to be exposed to natural infection than age matched individuals in the general population

(ii) waning of the N antibody response over time and

(iii) recent observations from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) surveillance data that N antibody levels appear to be lower in individuals who acquire infection following 2 doses of vaccination.

Fact #7 : N Antibody Levels Should Be Lower In Vaccinated People

Fully-vaccinated people produce S antibodies that attach to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, physically blocking it from attaching to our cells and infecting them.

N antibody levels are naturally expected to be lower in vaccinated people, as the S antibodies from the vaccine reduce the viral load and the need for the immune system to produce N antibodies.

The viral message claims that this is a sign of your immune system failing. That’s utter nonsense.

This is actually evidence that the S antibodies produced by the COVID-19 vaccine have effectively reduced infections by the coronavirus.

Fact #8 : N Antibodies Do Not Block Attachment

Most COVID-19 vaccines target the S (Spike) protein, because that is what the SARS-CoV-2 virus uses to infect our cells.

The S antibodies they produce attach to the virus’ spike protein, physically blocking it from attaching to our cells, therefore blocking the infection.

N antibodies, on the other hand, will attach to the nucleocapsid (protein shell) of the coronavirus, which may not block attachment since the spike proteins remain exposed.

That is why inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine are far less effective than vaccines that target the spike protein, like the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccines.

Fact #9 : Spike Mutations Will Evade Natural Immunity Too

The claim that natural immunity is superior to COVID-19 vaccination is nonsense.

Any spike mutations that evade vaccine-produced antibodies will also evade antibodies produced through COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated people. That’s because our immune system produces antibodies according to what the virus presents to the body.

For example, if you are unvaccinated and get a natural infection by the Delta variant, your body will produce S and N antibodies specific to the Delta variant.

If you then get infected by the Omicron variant, the Delta-specific S and N antibodies already produced by your body may not attach to the Omicron variant virus as well as it would to a Delta variant virus.

Fact #10 : Unvaccinated Will NOT Get Lasting Protection From Infection

Lest it is not clear enough – a natural COVID-19 infection will NOT necessarily impart lasting protection against future COVID-19 infections. Neither will it protect you against new variants like Omicron and beyond.

Unvaccinated people who had already survived a COVID-19 infection can get reinfected. Some have even died after being reinfected with COVID-19.

  • 1%-10% of people infected with COVID-19 do NOT develop detectable neutralising antibodies.
  • Individuals with mild / asymptomatic infections tend to have lower antibody levels.
  • Some studies have shown that waning of antibody levels occurs within several months after infection.

It is therefore folly to rely on “natural” COVID-19 infections to obtain protection. That is like going to war with an alien species without going to boot camp first.

COVID-19 vaccination is a self defence class for our immune system. It prepares our immune system for battle, so get vaccinated for the best outcome against COVID-19!

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Is Cheaper, Not Better, So Why Bother?

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is now cheaper, thanks to a price limit that kicks off today!

However, it is still not a very good COVID-19 vaccine, so why bother? Here is what you must know…

 

Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines Now Cheaper!

For some time now, people have been complaining about the prices of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, which ranged from RM95 to RM190 per dose.

So the government of Malaysia set price limits for both Chinese vaccines that take effect today, Saturday, 15 January 2022.

Note : These price limits do NOT include service charge and the cost of disposables used during the administration of the vaccine.

Vaccine Maximum Price
Per Dose
Wholesale Retail
Sinovac CoronaVac RM 62 RM 77
Sinopharm COVILO RM 49 RM 61

While this is great news for people who want Chinese vaccines, I should point out that this does not make the Sinovac CoronaVac a better vaccine. It is just cheaper to buy, not better.

The truth is – Sinovac CoronaVac is not a good COVID-19 vaccine, which is why the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) no longer offers it.

In this article, I will show you why we should NOT bother with the Sinovac vaccine, even if it’s cheaper… and what Chinese vaccine you should opt for, if you must absolutely get a Chinese vaccine.

 

Sinovac Vaccine Is Cheaper, Not Better, So Why Bother?

Here is a quick summary of why the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was, at best, a temporary solution until better vaccines become available.

Only 50% Effective Against Ancestral COVID-19

Even when it was first approved, the Sinovac vaccine offered just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. It was literally, the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine in the world.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine by Sinovac : Your Questions Answered!

Efficacy Drops After 2 Months

The massive RECoVaM study recently showed that its limited efficacy dropped precipitously after two months, with a big drop in protection against hospitalisation.

Read more : RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well COVID-19 Vaccines Work!

Not Efficacious Against Omicron + Beta Variants

Despite claims that its antibodies can bypass mutations in the spike protein, antibodies from the Sinovac vaccine was shown to be completely unable to neutralise the Omicron and Beta variants of COVID-19.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

Three Doses Not Enough Against Omicron

Even three doses of the Sinovac vaccine was recently shown to be insufficient to protect against the Omicron variant.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

 

For Travel To China : Sinopharm Is Cheaper + Better Than Sinovac

When we lacked access to better vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the Sinovac vaccine was better than nothing.

But now that Malaysia is offering far superior COVID-19 vaccines for FREE, why should we settle for less effective vaccines?

The popularity of Chinese vaccines is partly due to Chinese propaganda, and partly because China offers travel advantages for people vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

China initially would only allow travellers who were fully-vaccinated with Chinese vaccines to enter. This forced people who want to travel to China to use only Chinese vaccines.

China has since relaxed their restrictions by allowing travellers who are fully-vaccinated with non-Chinese vaccines to enter as well, but considers them no different from unvaccinated people:

  • those who received inactivated virus vaccines (Sinovac / Sinopharm) are allowed to take only one PCR test before flying to China
  • everyone else, whether partially- or fully-vaccinated with other kinds of COVID-19 vaccines, or completely unvaccinated, are required to take three PCR tests or two PCR tests and an antibody test, before flying to China

In other words, China is offering people fully-vaccinated with Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines the special privilege of avoiding two additional PCR tests, which is a big advantage.

Hence, people who need to travel to China are still FORCED to pay for Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccines – the only COVID-19 vaccines available worldwide that use inactivated virus technology.

So here is my advice. If you have to travel to China, opt for the Sinopharm vaccine. It is not only cheaper than Sinovac, it is a far better COVID-19 vaccine!

Vaccine Ancestral Delta Variant Omicron Variant
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Infection Severe
Disease
Sinopharm COVILO 68% 73% 67% 71% 35% 53%
Sinovac CoronaVac 47% 50% 46% 49% 24% 37%

 

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Malaysia Sets Price Limits For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines!

The government of Malaysia just set price limits for the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Sinovac + Sinopharm Price Complaints : What’s Going On?

For some time now, people have been complaining about the prices of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, which ranged from RM95 to RM190 per dose.

Some even claimed that the Malaysian government used taxpayer’s money to purchase the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, and questioned why they had to pay through the nose for them.

It should be pointed out that the Malaysian government offers FREE COVID-19 vaccination under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK).

They are only offering the public the option to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine of their choice at private hospitals and clinics.

 

Malaysia Sets Price Limits For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines!

After complaints of excessively high prices for Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, the government of Malaysia looked into the issue.

In a 13 January 2022 announcement, they agreed that the prices of COVID-19 vaccines offered by the private sector was too high, and set price limits for both vaccines.

Vaccine Maximum Price
Per Dose
Wholesale Retail
Sinovac CoronaVac RM 62 RM 77
Sinopharm COVILO RM 49 RM 61

These price limits will take effect on Saturday, 15 January 2022, and do NOT include service charge and the cost of disposables used during the administration of the vaccine.

They also reminded the public that all private health facilities that were licensed to offer such private purchase vaccination are required to publicise their COVID-19 vaccine prices, so the public can easily make price comparisons.

The Malaysian government will continuously monitor the import and market price, and adjust the price limits over time.

Action will be taken against individuals or companies that fail to comply with these rules and price limits, under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

  • Individual : Fine of up to RM100,000, or jail not exceeding three years, or both, or a RM50,000 compound
  • Company : Find of up to RM500,000, or a compound of up to RM250,000

The public should submit complaints about any breaches to the Ministry of Health’s Public Complaints Management System (SISPAA) at https://moh.spab.gov.my.

 

Sinovac + Sinopharm Price Limits : Cheaper, Not Better

Now, I’m very happy that the government has finally set price limits for these vaccines. They were really expensive.

But even though these vaccines are now cheaper, they are still no better than they were before.

The truth is – Sinovac CoronaVac is not a good COVID-19 vaccine, which is why the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) no longer offers it.

Even when it was first approved, the Sinovac vaccine offered just over 50% efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19. It was literally, the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine in the world.

The massive RECoVaM study recently showed that its limited efficacy dropped precipitously after two months, with a big drop in protection against hospitalisation.

Read more : RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well COVID-19 Vaccines Work!

When we lacked access to better vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the Sinovac vaccine was better than nothing.

But now that Malaysia has access to far superior COVID-19 vaccines, why should we settle for less effective vaccines?

Best of all – the government is offering superior COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and AstraZeneca for FREE!

So great, these vaccines are now cheaper… but why on Earth should you pay for less effective vaccines?

Do the smart thing – get vaccinated under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK) for FREE!

 

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Why COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Keeps Getting Extended!

Did you know that COVID-19 vaccine shelf life can be extended beyond what’s printed on the vial, sometimes more than once?

Find out why they keep extending vaccine shelf life, and whether we should be worried about that!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Is Way Too Short

Based on their experience developing past vaccines, manufacturers have a good idea of how long their vaccines will remain stable and retain their quality and efficacy.

When properly stored, vaccines can last a long time. Most vaccines actually have a shelf life of about three years.

However, vaccine manufacturers have been extraordinarily cautious when it comes to COVID-19 vaccines. Many COVID-19 vaccines ship with shelf lives of only 3 to 6 months!

The key takeaway point is that COVID-19 vaccine shelf lives are extraordinarily short. Many healthcare professionals would call them way too short.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Extension Is Normal

The ultra-short shelf life for COVID-19 vaccines have led to criticism that such excessive caution is leading to wastage.

Even while there is a global shortage of vaccines, many doses had to be disposed when they “expired”, even though they are still safe and effective to use.

The WHO has been urging countries to hold onto those “expired doses” while manufacturers are assessing whether their shelf lives can be extended.

The US FDA also points out that vaccines authorised for emergency use do NOT have fixed expiry dates.

Once new stability studies prove that the vaccine remains stable and effective over time, the expiry date of those vaccines can and will be extended.

I should point out that these extended COVID-19 vaccine shelf lives are still very conservative. Perhaps overly conservative.

In fact, we should expect them to keep getting extended as further stability tests show that they do actually last very long.

 

Which COVID-19 Vaccine Has Extended Shelf Life?

You may be surprised to know this, but the shelf life of many COVID-19 vaccines have extended, sometimes more than once.

So do NOT be alarmed if you are given a dose from a vial with an “expired date“. It does NOT mean that you have been given a “bad vaccine”.

It just means that the vaccine has been proven to last much longer than originally expected.

Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY

The Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine originally had a 6 month shelf life. That was extended by 3 months, to 9 months on 22 August 2021.

On 16 December 2021, the US FDA also extended shelf life for the COMIRNATY vaccine that uses the Tris buffer to 9 months.

So all existing vaccine doses can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

Moderna Spikevax

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine originally had a 7 month shelf life.

On 23 December 2021, both UK MHRA and Health Canada extended its shelf life by 2 months, to 9 months, as long as it is stored between -25ºC to -15ºC.

The US FDA also extended the shelf life of certain lots by 2 months, to 9 months, as long as they are stored between -50ºC to -15ºC.

J&J Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson originally has a 3 month (90-day) shelf life.

The US FDA extended its shelf life to 4.5 months (135 days) on 10 June 2021, and then 6 months (180 days) on 28 July 2021.

All existing vaccine doses can now be used for an additional 1.5 to 3 months (45 to 60 days) beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored at 2-8ºC.

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

In May 2021, Health Canada extended the shelf life of about 45,000 AstraZeneca doses by a month, following review of stability data.

It allowed the use of doses with an original expiry date of 31 May 2021, until 1 July 2021.

Otherwise, all AstraZeneca vaccine doses remain with their original shelf life of six months.

Sinovac CoronaVac

The CoronaVac inactivated virus vaccine from Sinovac originally had a 6-month shelf life, which was later extended to 12 months, when it was approved by the WHO.

However, Sinovac appears to give the CoronaVac different shelf lives depending on who’s purchasing their vaccine – 1 year in Malaysia, 2 years in Singapore, and 3 years in Indonesia and Thailand.

Sinopharm BIBP

The Sinopharm BIBP vaccine has a 24-month shelf life, as registered with the WHO. With such a long shelf life, there is no real need for an extension.

CanSino Convidecia

The CanSino Convidecia vaccine has a 24-month shelf life, and remains stable for 60 days at room temperature.

With such a long shelf life, there is no real need for an extension.

SII Covishield

Covishield is a rebranded AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, and has the same original 6 month shelf life.

In March 2021, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) extended its shelf life by 3 additional months, to 9 months.

Bharat Covaxin

Covaxin originally had a shelf life of 6 months, but that was extended to 12 months by the Indian Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on 3 November 2021.

All existing vaccine doses can now be used for an additional 6 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored at 2-8ºC.

Sputnik V

The Russian vaccine – Sputnik V originally had an incredibly short 2-month shelf life at -18ºC.

The Russian Healthcare Ministry then allowed it to be stored for 2 months at 2-8ºC, before later extending it to 6 months when stored at -18ºC to -22ºC.

 

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Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

Find out why the expiry date on the COVID-19 vaccine vial is NOT ACCURATE, and why you should ignore it.

 

Claim : Vial Expiry Date Proves That The Vaccine Has Expired!

People have been claiming that they were given expired COVID-19 vaccines.

Sometimes, they misunderstood the expiry date on their vaccination card, and sometimes it’s because the expiry date on the vial showed that the vaccine has expired.

Today, a video went viral on WhatsApp, together with a new claim of getting expired COVID-19 vaccine :

Expired dose being used for vaccination and luckily the son found out and stopped it.

For those who do not understand Bahasa Malaysia, here is a rough transcript

Doctor : There’s no problem (with the vaccine).

Man : I have proof!

Doctor : It’s okay if you want to dispute it. If you want to postpone the vaccination, you can come back later.

Man : When can we get it?

Doctor : This week, we are still using this current stock.

Man : Don’t misunderstand. I’m not scared. My father is scared because it’s expired.

 

Why Expiry Date On COVID-19 Vaccine Vial Is NOT Accurate!

This is very likely another example of people misunderstanding the vaccine expiry date. As they say, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing“.

While people are now clever enough to check the vaccine vial for the expiry date, many remain oblivious to the fact that it is no longer accurate!

The truth is – no one is getting expired COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : FDA Extended Pfizer Vaccine Shelf Life

It is unknown what vaccine the man’s father was supposed to receive, but it was most likely the Pfizer booster dose.

On 22 August 2021, the US FDA agreed to allow Pfizer to extend the shelf life of their COVID-19 vaccine by 3 months – from 6 months to 9 months.

All existing vaccine doses from that point onwards can be used for an additional 3 months beyond their printed expiry dates, as long as they are stored between -90ºC to -60ºC.

The new official recommended shelf life for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is therefore 9 months.

Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Extension : What You Must Know!

Fact #2 : Malaysia Extended Pfizer + Sinovac Shelf Lives

On 16 November 2021, Malaysia officially announced the shelf life extension of both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines.

This decision was made, based on ongoing stability data, and also the updated FDA and manufacturers’ shelf life recommendations.

Therefore, you may be given a vial with an “expired date”, and the dates on your vaccination card / certificate will NOT match what was printed on the vial.

Read more : Malaysia Extends Shelf Life Of Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccines!

Vaccine Registration Manufacturer Newly Approved
Shelf Life
Sinovac CoronaVac MAL21046125ACSZ Pharmaniaga Lifescience S/B
Malaysia
12 Months
(+ 6 Months)
Pfizer-BioNTech
COMIRNATY
MAL21016022AZ Pfizer Belgium NV, Belgium 9 Months
(+ 3 Months)
MAL21036039ASZ BioNTech GmbH, Germany

Fact #3 : Printed Expiry Dates Are NO LONGER Accurate

Many COVID-19 vaccines were shipped before their expiry dates were extended by various health authorities. Therefore, the printed expiry dates on vaccine vials are NO LONGER accurate.

As vaccine expiry date extensions need to be approved by the health authority in individual countries, it takes time for vaccine manufacturers to print new labels for different countries.

That’s why Malaysia (for example) gives vaccine manufacturers 6 months to update the shelf life that is printed on their vaccine vials.

So please do NOT be surprised if new COVID-19 vaccine vials continue to come with shorter shelf life labels for several more months.

Fact #4 : Expiry Date Is By Vaccine Batch

I should also point out that the expiry date changes with each batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether it’s from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

Hence, the Ministry of Health points out that this expiry date of your first dose has NO CONNECTION with your second dose.

Irrespective of what vaccine you receive, your vaccine doses will likely be from different batches. Their expiry dates will therefore be different.

Fact #5 : Accurate Expiry Date In Vaccination Card / MySejahtera

If you really want to know if you received an expired COVID-19 vaccine, check your vaccination card or MySejahtera.

The actual and correct expiry date will be written in your COVID-19 vaccination card, and posted in your MySejahtera status (as shown in the example above).

Now that you are aware of the facts, please share this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by the misleading video and message!

 

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Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

A Yale University study just showed that Sinovac recipients may need TWO Pfizer booster doses to receive adequate protection against the Omicron variant!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Yale : Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

When it rains, it pours… and right now, the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is getting drenched!

The RECoVaM and Hong Kong studies recently showed that the Sinovac vaccine was poor at fighting off COVID-19 variants, even with a third, booster dose.

And now, a new Yale University study has raised the possibility that even a Pfizer booster dose cannot make up for its deficits.

In fact, it suggests that a second Pfizer booster dose may be necessary to adequately protect Sinovac recipients against the Omicron variant.

Let me take you through the key findings of this Yale University study…

 

Why Sinovac Recipients May Need Two Pfizer Booster Doses!

The Yale University study of the Dominican Republic’s experience in using a Pfizer booster dose for people already fully-vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is titled, “Immunogenicity of heterologous BNT162b2 booster in fully vaccinated individuals with CoronaVac against SARS-CoV-2 variants Delta and Omicron: the Dominican Republic Experience“.

You can read the abstract here, and download the study in PDF here. But please avoid reading the Reuters news article, which mischaracterised the study.

With help from one of the study’s authors, Professor Akiko Iwasaki, here is what you need to know…

Takeaway #1 : Heterologous Vaccination Greatly Increases Antibody Levels

Sinovac recipients who took a Pfizer booster dose received a massive boost in antibody levels.

The violin plot is logarithmic, which means the antibody levels of those who received the Pfizer booster dose are exponentially better than those who only received the Sinovac vaccine.

This shows that heterologous vaccination (mixing of vaccines) offers a big boost in antibody levels.

However, it is also obvious that the Pfizer booster dose is not able to offer the same antibody levels as someone who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Takeaway #2 : Protection Equivalent To 2x Pfizer

A single Pfizer booster dose greatly elevated the levels of neutralising antibodies (NAb) against the ancestral (original COVID-19) and the Delta variant.

  • Ancestral : 10.1X higher NAb levels
  • Delta variant : 6.3X higher NAb levels

In other words, that Pfizer booster dose is able to deliver massively improved levels of neutralising antibodies, and bring protection level up to par with two Pfizer vaccine doses, against the ancestral and Delta variants.

Takeaway #3 : Omicron Has Greatest Vaccine Escape Ability

The Omicron variant has the greatest ability to “escape from neutralisation”, compared to the other COVID-19 variants.

This comparison shows the Plaque Reduction Half-Maximal Neutralising Titre (PRNT50) results of people who were fully vaccinated with two doses of the mRNA vaccine :

  • Alpha variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 1.3X (30%).
  • Delta variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 2.3X.
  • Gamma variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 4.3X.
  • Beta variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 5.6X.
  • Omicron variant reduced neutralising antibody levels by 11.9X.

Takeaway #4 : 2-Dose Sinovac Is Useless Against Omicron

The Yale study found that there was NO detectable neutralisation against the Omicron variant, in people who were fully-vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

Takeaway #5 : Pfizer Booster Boosted Protection For Sinovac Recipients

After receiving the Pfizer booster dose, Sinovac recipients had markedly higher neutralising antibody levels against the Ancestral, Delta and Omicro variants.

Professor Iwasaki stresses that even though the Pfizer booster dose offers better neutralisation, that protection was “reduced by 7.3x against Omicron compared to the ancestral virus“.

In other words – the protection offered by the single Pfizer booster dose may not offer adequate protection against the Omicron variant.

Takeaway #6 : Infection Boosts Protection From mRNA Vaccine

Here’s an interesting finding from the Yale study – people who were fully-vaccinated with mRNA vaccines gained additional protection after COVID-19 infection.

This “cross protection” greatly increased the amount of neutralising antibodies against all variants, including the Omicron variant.

Takeaway #7 : Cross Protection NOT Seen With Sinovac Vaccine

Unfortunately, this cross-protection benefit from a COVID-19 infection is NOT seen with Sinovac recipients, even when they receive a Pfizer booster dose.

According to Professor Iwasaki, “Immunologically, this difference is interesting. Prior infection only synergies with the mRNA vax to elevate broadly neutralizing Ab but not with inactivated vax. This may relate to the persistent GC (Germinal Centre) responses in mRNA vax“.

In other words, the synergistic boost in antibody levels from a COVID-19 infection is only seen with mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY, probably due to persistent B cell response; but not seen with inactivated virus vaccines like the Sinovac CoronaVac.

Takeaway #8 : Sinovac Recipients May Require TWO Booster Doses

The Yale study confirms what the earlier Hong Kong University study revealed – that two doses of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is useless against the Omicron variant.

Even though the Pfizer booster dose massively increases the antibody levels of fully-vaccinated Sinovac recipients, their neutralisation ability against Omicron is only increased by 40% (1.4x), compared to people vaccinated with two doses of the mRNA vaccines.

Hence, Professor Iwasaki concludes that “CoronaVac recipients may need 2 additional booster doses to reach levels needed against Omicron“.

 

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Does Sinovac Booster Offer 94% Protection Against Omicron?

Does the Sinovac booster dose really offer 94% protection against the Omicron variant?

Let’s take a look at their claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Sinovac : Booster Dose 94% Protective Against Omicron!

On 15 December 2021, Sinovac claimed that three doses of their CoronaVac vaccine had a 94% neutralising antibody rate against the Omicron variant.

This was not an official announcement posted on their website, but announced through Global Times, a Chinese state media outlet.

The latest study shows three shots of Chinese biotech firm Sinovac’s inactivated vaccine can lead to a 94 percent neutralizing antibody rate against the Omicron variant, while the rate after two shots is 35 percent, the Global Times learned from the company on Wednesday.

The study was conducted by the company on 20 people who received two shots and another 48 who received three shots. Seven in the first group and 45 in the second tested positive in neutralizing antibodies against the Omicron variant, the company said in a statement to the Global Times.

Sinovac said that the data demonstrated that the administration of a booster shot of its vaccine can effectively enhance the vaccine’s neutralizing capacity to the Omicron variant, read the statement.

 

Does Sinovac Booster Offer 94% Protection Against Omicron?

Unfortunately, it does not appear that the Sinovac booster shot actually offers 94% protection against the Omicron variant.

And here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Sinovac Did Not Post Official Statement / Study

Most of the press blindly posted Sinovac’s claims, without bothering to fact check.

I refrained from commenting earlier, because I was waiting for Sinovac to actually post their study details, or at least an official statement.

However, it is now 1 January 2022, and Sinovac has posted neither the study results, nor an official press statement.

In case you are wondering if Sinovac actually posts such press releases, yes, they do. On 9 September 2021, they posted a press release announcing that a third dose of their vaccine is able to “effectively neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern“.

Fact #2 : Sinovac Results Were Misleadingly Worded

If you read the Global Times report very carefully, you will notice that it was carefully worded to say one thing, but imply something else altogether.

In that report, Sinovac claimed a 94% neutralising antibody rate against the Omicron variant, suggesting that their booster dose offers 94% protection against Omicron. That is not what it actually means.

Sinovac stated that they detected neutralising antibodies against Omicron in 45 out of 48 people (93.75%) who received three doses of their vaccine, but cleverly avoided mentioning :

  • how much neutralising antibodies were present (the Geometric Mean Titre),
  • whether the quantity of neutralising antibodies was high enough to protect against Omicron, and
  • whether the 45 individuals with neutralising antibodies were able to avoid getting infected by the Omicron variant.

So while they may have detected neutralising antibodies against the Omicron variant, that does not mean that the antibodies were present in high enough quantities to deliver adequate protection.

The results certainly do NOT mean that the Sinovac booster dose is capable of offering 94% protection against the Omicron variant.

Fact #3 : Sinovac Booster Dose Proven To Be Ineffective Against Omicron

The University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong recently conducted a study of the Pfizer and Sinovac booster dose.

In that study, they found that three doses of the Sinovac vaccine boosted neutralising antibodies against Omicron, compared to just two doses.

However, the amount of neutralising antibodies produced by three Sinovac doses was much TOO LOW to protect against the Omicron variant.

In fact, the three Sinovac doses were only able to deliver the equivalent antibody titre of two Pfizer doses against the Omicron variant.

Read more : Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Fact #4 : Sinovac Did Not Prove Booster Dose Protects Against Omicron

Sinovac is technically correct in claiming that the booster dose enhances protection. That’s what ALL booster doses do – they enhance protection.

However, unless they share their actual study data (particularly the antibody titre), they cannot claim their booster dose effectively protects against the Omicron variant. They offered NO EVIDENCE to prove that.

On the other hand, the recent HKU and CU study has shown that the increased antibody levels from the Sinovac booster dose is not enough to protect against the Omicron variant.

It is past time to stop using the Sinovac vaccine. It was the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine to be approved, and it does not get much better with a third dose.

The Omicron variant is proving to be highly infectious, and those who were received the Sinovac vaccine will need to get a Pfizer booster dose to obtain sufficient protection.

If you were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine, please opt for a Pfizer booster dose. Don’t waste your time with a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

 

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Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Which works better against the Omicron variant – Pfizer COMIRNATY, or Sinovac CoronaVac?

Let’s find out what the two latest studies have shown!

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac : Which Is Better Against Omicron Variant?

Everyone is worried about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 because it has been proven to have greater ability to breakthrough vaccine protection, far more than the Delta variant!

This is not just a concern for the low-efficacy Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine, it is also a big concern for the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

So just how effective are both vaccines against the Omicron variant? Let’s find out…

If you just want the TLDR summary, here it is :

  • Two doses of the Pfizer vaccine will only protect 20% to 24% of fully-vaccinated individuals against Omicron.
  • Three doses of the Pfizer vaccine offers very good protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Even three (booster) doses of the Sinovac vaccine do not offer protection against Omicron.
  • A Pfizer booster dose offers good protection against Omicron, for individuals vaccinated with two doses of the Sinovac vaccine.

The studies show that three doses of the Pfizer vaccine are required to adequately protect against the Omicron variant, while those vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine should opt for the Pfizer booster dose.

For those who want the details, please continue to the next section…

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Efficacy Against Omicron : 2 Doses

A recent Hong Kong University (HKU) study showed that the Omicron variant has significant vaccine escape capability in fully-vaccinated individuals.

  • Pfizer vaccine antibodies were able to bind to the Omicron variant only in 20% to 24% of individuals.
  • Sinovac vaccine antibodies were completely unable to bind to the Omicron variants.

The results suggest that mutations in its spike protein are allowing the Omicron variant to significantly block most Pfizer vaccine antibodies, and all Sinovac vaccine antibodies.

While the Pfizer vaccine will continue to offer protection to 20% to 24% of fully-vaccinated individuals, the Sinovac vaccine offers no protection at all.

The Geometric Mean Titre (GMT) results in this study also suggest that a third (booster) dose will boost the Pfizer vaccine’s neutralising antibody response against the Omicron variant.

On the other hand, the HKU study authors concluded that “whether a third dose of the present CoronaVac vaccine will enhance the neutralising antibody response against the Omicron variant remains to be determined.

Read more : Pfizer / Sinovac vs. Omicron : What HKU Study Just Revealed!

COVID-19
Variant
Seropositive Rate MN Titer (GMT)
Pfizer Sinovac Pfizer Sinovac
HKU691 Omicron 20% 0% 5.43 Min.
HKU344-R346K
Omicron
24% 0% 6.42 Min.
Delta 100% 68% 124.7 10.3
Beta 100% 0% 25.7 Min.
Alpha 100% 100% 229.4 21.7

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Efficacy Against Omicron : Booster Dose

Sinovac claimed on 15 December 2021, that three doses of their CoronaVac vaccine had a 94% neutralising antibody rate against the Omicron variant. However, they did not share the study, or even publish an official press release.

Fortunately, the medicine faculties of Hong Kong University (HKUMed) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU Medicine) conducted a study of the Pfizer and Sinovac booster dose.

Here is a summary of their key findings :

  • Two doses of Pfizer or Sinovac vaccines do not provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Three doses of the Pfizer vaccine offers the highest level of protection against Omicron.
  • A Pfizer booster dose given to those who received two Sinovac vaccine doses obtain good protective antibody levels against Omicron.
  • Three doses of the Sinovac vaccine do not provide sufficient protection against the Omicron variant.
  • Antibody levels of three doses of the Sinovac vaccine were roughly equal to two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer vs. Sinovac Efficacy Against Omicron : What Should You Do?

The two studies from Hong Kong should serve as a sober warning for those vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine.

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine has always the least efficacious COVID-19 vaccine approved – just 50.4% effective in preventing symptomatic infection by the original SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Its efficacy has further suffered against the Delta variant and the Gamma variant, but it continued to be used because there was insufficient supply of better vaccines and it still offered good protection against hospitalisation and death.

But now that these studies have shown that neither two nor three doses of the Sinovac vaccine will offer any protection against Omicron, it’s time to stop using the Sinovac vaccine.

It’s time to acknowledge what many scientists and doctors have long known – that the Sinovac vaccine was a stop-gap solution, until there was sufficient supplies of better vaccines.

We now have adequate supplies of better vaccines. There is NO REASON to continue using the Sinovac vaccine.

If you were fully-vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine, please heed these results and opt for a Pfizer booster dose, as recommended by many health authorities.

 

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UPDATED CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

Now that the booster dose programme in Malaysia is open to everyone, what vaccine should YOU use?

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their LATEST recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

 

What Vaccine Has Been Approved As Booster Dose By CITF-B?

Currently, only three vaccines have been approved for use as a booster dose by CITF-B (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster).

 

Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

On 24 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the booster dose will be available to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

They also issued the official CITF-B recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

On 28 December 2021, CITF-B issued updated recommendations to address the threat of the Omicron variant.

Quick + Easy Summary

To make it simple for you, this table summarises the updated CITF-B’s booster dose recommendations, based on what COVID-19 vaccine you received earlier :

Primary Series
Vaccine
Recommended
Booster
Alternative
Booster
Timing After
Primary Series
Pfizer Pfizer Moderna After 3 months
AstraZeneca Pfizer AstraZeneca
Sinovac Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinovac
Sinopharm Pfizer AstraZeneca or
Sinopharm *
Moderna Moderna Pfizer
CanSino Pfizer CanSino *
Sputnik V Pfizer AstraZeneca
Janssen Pfizer AstraZeneca After 2 months

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : Moderna booster shot

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinovac booster shot

If you are not comfortable with the Pfizer vaccine, please consider the AstraZeneca booster shot instead, because it is far superior to the Sinovac booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?
Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sinopharm vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca / Sinopharm booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a third dose of Sinopharm as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Moderna booster shot
  • Alternative : Pfizer booster shot

Sputnik V Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Sputnik V vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after Dose 2.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 3 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : CanSino booster shot

Note : CITF-B is allowing a second dose of CanSino as a booster shot, but it has NOT been approved by the NPRA, and is therefore not available at the moment.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine can receive their booster shot 2 months after vaccination.

  • Recommended : Pfizer booster shot
  • Alternative : AstraZeneca booster shot

Please note that all COVID-19 booster doses provided under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) are provided FREE of charge.

So please watch out for your booster dose appointment in MySejahtera, and get your FREE boost in your protection against COVID-19!

Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia : 28 Dec Edition!

 

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Dr. Adrian Wong has been writing about tech and science since 1997, even publishing a book with Prentice Hall called Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier (ISBN 978-0131455368) while in medical school.

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