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Did Dr. Chai Koh Meow Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did Dr. Chai Koh Meow Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow die from the Pfizer booster dose?

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

Update @ 2021-12-02 : Added Dr. Chai’s autopsy results, and his true cause of death.

 

Claim : Dr. Chai Koh Meow Died After Getting Pfizer Booster Dose!

Three messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chai Koh Meow died after receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

All three refer to the same Sin Chew news report in Chinese. Just skip over to the next section for the facts…

58 岁刚接种加强针就上去世了。加强针的安全性………..
(Translation : At the age of 58, he passed away just after he was given a booster shot. Improve the safety of the jab…)

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot ?

Dr Chua (Cai GaoMao) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Ministry of Health died in his sleep yesterday night. Prior to his sudden death he had received a Pfizer booster shot and suffered aches, cold soreness and other uncomfortable symptoms etc. His first and second dose were Sinovac. Investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of death.

 

Dr. Chai Koh Meow Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Okay, the title isn’t entirely accurate, since the viral messages aren’t accurate in the first place.

So let’s take a look at what we can confirm as facts, and what will still be “in the air” for now…

Fact #1 : “Dr. Chua” Is Actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow

The Dr. Chua in all three viral messages isn’t really Dr. Chua.

The Sin Chew report referred to him as 蔡高茂 (translated Cai Gaomao), with the position of the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

He is actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow, with the position of Senior Principal Assistant Director of the Police and Development Section of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Those who claim that Chai is the same as Chua are wrong. It is true that they share the same Chinese character 蔡 (Cai), but they are legally different surnames.

Here are OTHER legally different surnames based on the same Chinese 蔡 (Cai) character : Choy, Choi, Chuah, Tsai, Tsoi.

Dr. Chai Koh Meow cannot, for example, travel using a plane ticket bought using the name Chua Koh Meow or Choy Koh Meow. So it’s stupid to suggest that Chai is the same as Chua.

His name was also visible in the picture posted by Sin Chew, which was shared by Dr. Chai himself on his Facebook page on 21 August 2021.

Respect Dr. Chai’s name. He is Dr. Chai Koh Meow, not Dr. Chua Koh Meow.

Fact #2 : There Is No KKM Deputy Director-General Called Dr. Chai

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) actually has THREE deputy Director-Generals, based on their portfolio :

  • Medical : Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib
  • Public Health : Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong
  • Research + Technical Support : Datuk Dr. Hishamshah bin Mohd Ibrahim

There is no deputy Director-General within the Malaysia Ministry of Health called Dr. Chai.

Fact #3 : Dr. Chai Received His Pfizer Booster Dose 8 Days Earlier

According to the Sin Chew report, Dr. Chai received the Pfizer booster dose “last Tuesday”. That would be 9 November 2021.

He reportedly passed away during his sleep on the night of 17 November, and was discovered in the afternoon of 18 November 2021.

In other words, he received his Pfizer booster dose 8 days prior to his death.

Fact #4 : Most Dangerous Pfizer Side Effect Occurs Within Minutes

Pfizer shipped over 1.5 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine as of 22 September 2021. That means at least 500 million people have already been fully vaccinated with their vaccine.

Based on the large number of vaccinations, we are very well aware of the potential risks and side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The most dangerous side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

But this occurs within MINUTES of getting the vaccine and can be quickly treated, which is why you are asked to stay back for observation after receiving the vaccine. It does not happen hours or days after vaccination.

Read more : Did Christian Eriksen Collapse After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine?

Fact #5 : DG Health Clarified The News Report

The Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed Dr. Chai’s passing on 18 November 2021, and that :

  • he received his booster dose on 9 November 2021,
  • he did not report any extraordinary side effects, and
  • he resumed work as usual until 16 November 2021.

Finally, he said that Dr. Chai’s death is being investigated, and requested that everyone avoid speculating until the official autopsy results are obtained.

Fact #6 : Dr. Chai Died From Heart Failure

On 26 November 2021, the Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced the results of Dr. Chai’s autopsy :

  • Dr. Chai died from heart failure – the real cause of death.
  • The autopsy revealed that he had hemopericardium due to coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction.

Hemopericardium refers to the accumulation of blood within the pericardial sac, squeezing the heart and preventing it from beating properly (cardiac tamponade).

This is most certainly NOT due to any vaccine.

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Protect Against Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are not magical. They are just self-defence classes that teach our immune system to identify SARS-CoV-2, so it can learn how to defeat the real virus.

This prepares our immune system for a future “battle” against COVID-19, helping to prevent serious illness that may lead to hospitalisation or death.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not and cannot protect against OTHER causes of death.

We cannot assume that every death that occurs after receiving the vaccine must be due to the vaccine, because people will die of other causes, even if they are vaccinated.

In Dr. Chai’s age group, the most common causes of sudden death are cardiac arrest and stroke. With or without vaccines, people will die of these causes.

And that is proven true YET AGAIN when Dr. Chai’s autopsy proved that he died from heart failure…

Read more : Did Dr Vincent Wang Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

The mixing of vaccines have been PROVEN SAFE, and they offer BETTER PROTECTION against COVID-19.

Do not let such lies from antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19!

 

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Did WHO Advise Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines?

Did the WHO advise people against taking the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines?

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

 

Claim : WHO Advised Against Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines!

Antivaxxers have sharing videos of WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan saying that “there is no medical evidence that a third dose is necessary” and that it is a “data-free, evidence-free zone as far as mix-and-match” of vaccines is concerned.

There are a few videos being circulating, so we shared one example, together with two examples of messages that accompany the videos.

WHO said there is no medical evidence that booster shot is necessary and advised against the mix and match of vaccines – calling it a dangerous trend since there is very little information on doing so.

WHO advised not to mix the vaccine, as there is no enough data on this mix and match.

 

Truth : WHO Advice On Booster Dose + Mixing Of Vaccines Out Of Context!

This is yet another effort by antivaxxers to discourage people from protecting themselves against COVID-19.

The truth is – WHO’s advice on the booster dose and the mixing of vaccines was taken out of context.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Video Was Recorded On 12 July 2021

First, it is important to note that the video was a slice of the COVID-19 Virtual Press Conference conducted by the WHO on 12 July 2021.

It is now the end of November 2021. Things have changed since then – there is more data on vaccine breakthrough, and the mixing of vaccines (heterologous vaccination).

It is irresponsible and misleading to resurrect an old video to convey a narrative that is contrary to what we know today.

Fact #2 : Viral Messages Are False

The accompanying messages are deliberately lying to you about what the WHO actually said.

You will realise that if you read the entire transcript of the 12 July 2021 WHO press conference, like I did.

  • WHO did not say that there is no medical evidence that booster dose is necessary
  • WHO did not advise against the mixing and matching of vaccines

I will provide more context in the next two segments…

Fact #3 : WHO Called For Sharing Of Vaccines Over Booster Dose

The WHO’s position at that time was that the limited supply of vaccines should be used to vaccinated those who are unvaccinated, rather than used as booster doses.

In that press conference, Dr. Ann Lindstrand pointed out that while there is a decline [in antibodies], you still have good protection as long as you have a full course of any WHO EUL vaccines.

She also said that it is “more important to be able to vaccinated a larger global population” than “to use the limited supply of doses” as booster doses.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan agreed with Dr. Lindstrand and pointed out that the booster dose programme for the 11 high and upper-middle income countries will take up 800 million doses of vaccine at a time when many front-line and healthcare workers remain unvaccinated in other countries.

Read more : Fact Check : Omicron Variant Warning By RSA Doctors Group?

Fact #4 : WHO Advised INDIVIDUALS Against Mixing Of Vaccines

The WHO’s position at that time is clear – individuals should not mix and match their vaccines as they please.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was specifically referring to “people who say they’ve taken one and they are planning to take another one“.

She goes on to say that, “There are studies going on; we need to wait for that and maybe it will be a very good approach“.

And she warned that, “It will be a chaotic situation in countries if citizens start deciding when and who should be taking a second, third or fourth dose“.

She was clearly talking about individuals taking vaccinations into their own hands. She clarified that later in a tweet :

To clarify, I warned against individuals mixing and matching vaccines on their own.

Fact #5 : Some Vaccines Lose Protection Faster Than Others

It is now the end of November 2021, and studies have shown that the protection from some vaccines wane faster than others.

For example, the RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infections dropped significantly for the Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines after a few months.

But as I explained before, that drop in efficacy is not really as important as the vaccine’s protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, their data also showed that the Sinovac vaccine’s protection against ICU admissions dropped very low.

So giving Sinovac vaccine recipients a Pfizer booster dose is clearly the right decision.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

Fact #6 : Mixing Vaccines Lead To Better Protection

At least three teams looked into the mixing of COVID-19 vaccines – heterologous vaccination, and they all concluded that it produced BETTER protection.

Sweden

  • More than 100,000 people received a dose of AstraZeneca, followed by an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer or Moderna)
  • Those who received this mixed were 68% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.
  • Those who received two doses of AstraZeneca were 50% less likely to get a symptomatic infection.

Denmark

  • Those who received AstraZeneca + Pfizer were 88% less likely to get infected by COVID-19.
  • This efficacy is similar to two doses of Pfizer.

France

  • Healthcare workers who received a mix of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines had 50% lower COVID-19 infection rates compared to those who received two doses of Pfizer.

Both the booster dose, and the mixing of vaccines, are not only SAFE, they offer BETTER protection against COVID-19.

Do not let these lies by antivaxxers prevent you from protecting yourself and your family against COVID-19.

 

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Booster Dose : What Should YOU Do Before / During / After?

Getting ready for your COVID-19 booster dose vaccination?

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your booster dose vaccination!

 

What Should You Do Before Booster Dose Vaccination?

Just received your COVID-19 booster dose appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE your COVID-19 vaccination!

Medication?

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

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

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are generally NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your booster dose vaccination, unless your doctor advises otherwise.

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

Painkillers?

You should NOT take painkillers before going for your vaccination.

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

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

On Vaccination Day

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

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

 

Which Booster Dose Should You Choose?

You may be offered a choice of booster dose, but generally, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) recommends the Pfizer booster dose.

Using the Pfizer booster dose gives you a big boost in protection, almost equivalent to those who received three doses of the mRNA vaccine.

This is especially important for those who are using less efficacious vaccines like Sinovac and Sinopharm. While a Sinovac booster dose is offered, it will not give you as much protection as a Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster dose.

Read more : Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Get It?
Read more :
 Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

 

What Should You Do During Booster Dose Vaccination?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What Should You Do After Booster Dose Vaccination?

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

Dietary Restrictions?

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

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

Exercise Or Not?

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

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

Take it easy for a few days, and then start with light exercises. Listen to your body, and look out for chest pain or breathing difficulties.

Even if you are feeling fine, take the time to slowly ramp up your exercise over the next few days, as a precaution.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

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

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

Report Side Effects

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

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

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

Make sure you report any serious side effects you may encounter, and seek medical attention at the nearest clinic or hospital.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

 

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IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did Mr. Choo Chuan Sin – the founder of IPK College – die from the Pfizer booster dose, after taking the Sinovac vaccine?

Let’s take a look at the viral claims, and see what we can find out!

 

Claim : IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Netizens are sharing messages claiming that IPK College Founder Choo Chuan Sin just died from the Pfizer booster dose, after taking the Sinovac vaccine.

Mr Choo, a member of Hash House Harrier took 1st & 2nd jabs of Sinovac. Took Pfizer booster on 19 Nov. Died 22 Nov. Only 56 years of age.

There are two more messages circulating on Telegram, WhatsApp, etc. so just skip to the next section for the facts…

IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Frankly speaking, I’m not in the habit of delving into people’s private matters, especially sensitive affairs like the untimely passing of someone’s husband and father.

But so many people were asking me to fact check it because the messages went viral, I had no choice but to put a stop to it.

Now, I am not about to ask his brother Andrew, during this difficult time, to confirm whether his father died from the Pfizer booster dose or not.

But here are my reasons why it is simply not possible for IPK College founder Choo Chuan Sin to have died from the Pfizer booster dose…

Reason #1 : His Son Did Not Mention Vaccines At All

Mr. Choo Chuan Sin’s brother, Andrew Choo, posted publicly about his father’s death, but did not mention anything about vaccines being related to this death.

If vaccines caused his father’s death, you would have expected him to publicly denounce the vaccines, as some people have done.

IN LOVING MEMORY
CHOO CHUAN SIN
1965 – 2021

With heavy hearts, the Choo family regrets to announce the passing of our beloved
Choo Chuan Sin on November 22, 2021.

His generous heart, love and kind spirit will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral will be on Thursday morning
November 25, 2021.

Due to the current severity of the COVID situation, we will take safety measures to keep everyone safe and the ceremony simple.

Thank you!

Remark: Funeral has been recheduled 26/11/21 FRIDAY (Morning)

Reason #2 : Pfizer Vaccine Cannot Cause Lung Infection

It is NOT POSSIBLE for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to cause a lung infection, because it does not contain any infectious agent.

Once it is injected into the upper arm, the vaccine triggers the immune system to produce antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It cannot travel to the lungs and turn into viruses or bacteria.

Reason #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Does Not Contain Bacteria

It may seem silly, but I have to point out that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any bacteria, so it is not possible for it to cause bacterial infections of any kind.

It is not possible for the hospital to blame the Pfizer booster dose for a bacterial infection of the lung, because that’s simply nonsense.

Reason #4 : Mixing Vaccines Is Safe

Vaccines are self-defence classes for our immune system, so mixing vaccines (heterologous vaccination) is like taking different martial arts classes.

Nevertheless, heterologous vaccination was tested and proven to be safe and more effective than homologous vaccination in several studies, before it was approved in many countries.

Reason #5 : Pfizer Booster Dose Taken Months After Sinovac Vaccine

Once injected, COVID-19 vaccines do not stay long in the body. After they trigger the immune system, they are gone within 2-3 days.

Here in Malaysia, the Pfizer booster dose is only offered more than 3 months after a person received the second dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

So it is simply not possible for the Pfizer booster dose to “react” with the Sinovac vaccine. The Sinovac vaccine was long gone (for at least 3 months) before Mr. Choo received his Pfizer booster dose.

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

Here is my verdict – this is yet another example of antivaxxers abusing someone’s death to push their narrative.

Antivaxxers have a big problem – BILLIONS of people have been vaccinated, and are not dying in droves as they claim. So they have to make up stories to scare people into avoiding the vaccine.

Antivaxxers do NOT care about your health, or your family’s lives. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

Now that the booster dose programme in Malaysia is open to EVERYONE, what vaccine should we use?

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their official 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 it will be open to anyone above 18, including those who received AstraZeneca, Cansino, Sinopharm and Janssen vaccines.

And this time, they are giving you the option of choosing what booster dose you want to receive.

So here are the official CITF-B recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

Quick + Easy Summary

To make it simple for you, this table summarises CITF-B’s booster dose recommendations, based on what COVID-19 vaccine you received earlier :

Primary Series
Vaccine
When To Get
Booster Dose?
Recommended Booster Dose
Pfizer 6 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca 6 months after Dose 2 AstraZeneca or Pfizer
Sinovac 3 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
Alternative : Sinovac
Sinopharm 3 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
Moderna 6 months after Dose 2 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
CanSino 6 months after Dose 1 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca
Johnson &
Johnson
2 months after Dose 1 All ages : Pfizer
50 and above : AstraZeneca

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • The Pfizer booster dose can also be used.

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • Those who are not able to take the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster shot, can be given the Sinovac booster dose.
  • Those who refuse the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster dose can receive the Sinovac booster dose.
    However, CITF-B reiterates that they still recommend that you either take the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after vaccination.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the 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!

 

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RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well Covid-19 Vaccines Work!

Take a look at what the massive RECoVaM study revealed about just how well COVID-19 vaccines work!

 

RECoVaM Study : What Is It?

The RECoVaM (Real-world Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Malaysia) is a large study conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR) under the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

It was conducted from 1 April until 12 September 2021, involving just over 14.5 million fully-vaccinated individuals in Malaysia, out of an estimated population of 32.7 million.

On 24 November 2021, a peer-reviewed paper on the RECoVaM results (involving a cohort of 1,286,881 participants) was published in the open-access journal, Vaccines.

This is not only a massive study, it is an important one because it gives us a good idea of HOW WELL the three vaccines used in the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) were working.

Let’s take a look at the results…

 

RECoVaM Study : The Good News

The good news is that the RECoVaM study showed that the COVID-19 vaccines have greatly protected fully-vaccinated individuals.

Here is a general summary from the peer-reviewed paper – PICK-ing Malaysia’s Epidemic Apart: Effectiveness of a Diverse COVID-19 Vaccine Portfolio :

  • Full vaccination was 88% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections
  • Full vaccination was 86% effective in preventing symptomatic infections
  • 83% effective in preventing ICU admissions
  • 88% effective in preventing deaths
  • 50.4% of fully-vaccinated individuals admitted to ICU was 60 and above in age
  • 88.6% of fully-vaccinated individuals admitted to the ICU had co-morbidities
  • 76.3% of fully-vaccinated individuals who died was 60 and above in age
  • 92.0% of fully-vaccinated individuals who died had co-morbidities

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of ICU Admissions

COVID-19 vaccines are just self-defence classes for our immune system, but not everyone’s immune system can learn well enough to defend itself.

So even fully-vaccinated people can get infected and some will end up in the ICU. But the RECoVaM data showed the COVID-19 vaccines prevented A LOT of ICU admissions.

Using a subset of the RECoVaM data involving 1.28 million participants, I created this pie chart to show you the distribution of ICU admissions.

As you can see, unvaccinated people or partially-vaccinated people constitute the VAST MAJORITY of ICU admissions – 94%!

During the study period, approximately 44% of the population was partially-vaccinated before becoming fully-vaccinated. Yet they only accounted for just 6% of ICU admissions.

This shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines were in preventing ICU admissions.

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

Fully vaccinated people can also die from COVID-19. But the RECoVaM data showed that the COVID-19 vaccines prevented A LOT of deaths.

Using RECoVaM data and mortality data from the Ministry of Health, I created this pie chart to show you the distribution of COVID-19 deaths.

As you can see, unvaccinated people or partially-vaccinated people constitute the VAST MAJORITY of COVID-19 deaths – 91.5%!

During the study period, approximately 44% of the population was partially-vaccinated before becoming fully-vaccinated. Yet they only accounted for just 8.5% of COVID-19 deaths.

This shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccines were in preventing COVID-19 deaths.

Even Sinovac CoronaVac Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

The Sinovac vaccine was obviously the least effective at preventing death, but even it greatly cut the risk of dying from COVID-19.

And how do I know that?

Take a look at this table I created to show you just how effective each vaccine was in preventing death, compared to the unvaccinated population.

Vaccine Deaths Mortality
Rate
vs
Sinovac
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Unvaccinated 19,147 0.058554% +13.3x +59.3x +1,368x
Sinovac 1,445 0.004419% Baseline +4.5x +103x
Pfizer 323 0.000988% -4.5x Baseline +23x
AstraZeneca 14 0.000043% -103x -23x Baseline

Sinovac CoronaVac

  • cut risk of death by 92.5%
  • unvaccinated are 13.3x more likely to die

Pfizer COMIRNATY

  • cut risk of death by 98.3%
  • unvaccinated are 59.3x more likely to die

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

  • cut risk of death by 99.9%
  • unvaccinated are 1,368x more likely to die

There is no doubt that taking ANY vaccine would GREATLY cut down your risk of dying from COVID-19.

That is why I wrote earlier this year that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy does not matter as much as its protection against DEATH.

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

 

RECoVaM Study : The Bad News

Waning Effectiveness

COVID-19 vaccines provide strong protection against COVID-19 infection by triggering our immune system to produce neutralising antibodies. However, antibody levels naturally drop over time.

The RECoVaM study showed that protection against COVID-19 infection wanes 3-5 months after vaccination. This is particularly a problem for Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines.

However, I should point out that while getting protected from an infection is what everyone hopes for, it is far more important that the vaccine protects us from developing severe COVID-19 or dying from it.

In that respect, Pfizer’s protection against COVID-19 infection wanes within 3-5 months, but it still offers great protection against ICU admissions and excellent protection against death.

The Sinovac vaccine though was shown to offer very little protection against COVID-19 infection and ICU admission after just two months or so…

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

That is why Malaysia is now offering a FREE Pfizer booster dose for Sinovac vaccine recipients, just three months after receiving Dose 2.

The Pfizer booster dose will give Sinovac vaccine recipients a much needed boost in protection, bringing it up to par with those who were fortunate enough to get vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer.

So please look out for your booster dose notification, and make sure you get it ASAP!

And I recommend that you get the Pfizer booster dose right now, instead of waiting for a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

That doesn’t mean that if you received other vaccines, you do not need a booster dose.

The waning effectiveness against COVID-19 infections and serious illness mean that EVERYONE should get a booster dose. You just don’t need them as early as Sinovac recipients.

Getting a booster dose will quickly restore your protection against COVID-19. So please get your booster dose as soon as you are eligible!

Read more : Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

 

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Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

Here is our LATEST summary of the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose policy in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose : Ramping Up!

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 Ministry of Health announced that it would be made available to younger adults.

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

 

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.

The primary series of COVID-19 vaccines continues to protect you against hospitalisation and death. However, the Delta variant is 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.

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Pfizer vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • The Pfizer booster dose can also be used.

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.
  • Those who are not able to take the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster shot, can be given the Sinovac booster dose.
  • Those who refuse the Pfizer / AstraZeneca booster dose can receive the Sinovac booster dose.
    However, CITF-B reiterates that they still recommend that you either take the Pfizer or AstraZeneca booster shot.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the Moderna vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after Dose 2.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

Those who received the CanSino vaccine can receive their booster shot 6 months after vaccination.

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the AstraZeneca booster shot.

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

  • All ages : Recommended to receive the Pfizer booster shot.
  • 50 years and above : Can also receive the 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 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 :

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

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

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

For now, the booster shot is NOT necessary to be considered as fully-vaccinated.

You are considered fully-vaccinated if you complete your primary series :

  • 2 doses of Pfizer / Moderna / AstraZeneca / Sinovac / Sinopharm vaccine
  • 1 dose of CanSino / Janssen vaccine

That will likely change, when the government deems it necessary for everyone to receive a booster shot to be considered fully-vaccinated.

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!

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

The RECoVaM study has just shown that the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine rapidly drops after 2 months!

Here is what you need to know!

 

RECoVaM Identifies Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Problem

When the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was introduced, it was already known that it was the least efficacious vaccine against symptomatic COVID-19.

However, it was heavily adopted in many countries because it was available, and it offered very good protection against hospitalisation and death.

However, the recent RECoVaM (Real-world Evaluation of Covid-19 Vaccines in Malaysia) study identified a problem with the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against hospitalisation and death.

The RECoVaM study was conducted from 1 April until 12 September 2021, during which over 14.5 million people in Malaysia were fully vaccinated, out of an estimated population of 32.7 million.

Let’s take a look at the results…

Note : I should point out that the AstraZeneca results in the RECoVaM study may be skewed because it was taken up by a younger part of the population.

ICU Admissions

Despite the Sinovac’s Phase 3 trials showing that it offered very good protection against ICU admissions, the RECoVaM study discovered that a comparably high number of Sinovac recipients ended up in the ICU.

The ICU breakthrough rate of 0.011% may seem very low, but that’s 1 out of 9,000 Sinovac recipients and 5.4x higher than the Pfizer vaccine.

Vaccine ICU
Breakthrough
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Sinovac 0.011% +5.4x +144x
Pfizer 0.002% Baseline +21x
AstraZeneca 0.001% -21x Baseline

Deaths

The Sinovac vaccine was good at preventing deaths, but even so – 1 out of 6,700 Sinovac recipients died from COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine, in comparison, was 3x better at preventing deaths.

Vaccine Death
Breakthrough
vs
Pfizer
vs
AstraZeneca
Sinovac 0.015% +3.4x +79x
Pfizer 0.005% Baseline +23x
AstraZeneca 0.002% -23x Baseline

 

Sinovac Vaccine Efficacy Rapidly Drops After 2 Months!

On 23 November 2021, JKJAV shared an analysis of the RECoVaM data, showing WHY the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was not performing as expected.

The RECoVaM data showed that there was a precipitous drop in Sinovac’s effectiveness against infection and ICU admission after the first two months of full protection.

The Sinovac vaccine’s protection against symptomatic COVID-19 infection dropped from 76% to just 28%, while its protection against ICU admission dropped from 55% to just 28%.

The good news is that it still offers good protection against death at 76%. However, that protection still pales against the protection offered by better vaccines like the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

When we are talking about millions of people getting vaccinated, every 1% in difference means tens of thousands of additional deaths.

That is why Malaysia is now offering a FREE Pfizer booster dose for Sinovac vaccine recipients, just three months after receiving Dose 2.

The Pfizer booster dose will give Sinovac vaccine recipients a much needed boost in protection, bringing it up to par with those who were fortunate enough to get vaccinated with two doses of Pfizer.

So please look out for your booster dose notification, and make sure you get it ASAP!

And I recommend that you get the Pfizer booster dose right now, instead of waiting for a third dose of the Sinovac vaccine.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

 

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Why COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Dates Keep Getting Extended!

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

Find out why that’s really nothing to be worried about!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Date : 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 an expiry date of about three years.

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

The key takeaway point is that COVID-19 vaccine expiry dates are extraordinarily short.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Date Extension Is Normal

The ultra-short expiry dates for COVID-19 vaccines have led to criticism that 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 it is being assessed 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.

 

Which COVID-19 Vaccine Has Extended Expiry Date?

You may be surprised to know this, but the expiry date 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 doesn’t mean that you have been given a “bad vaccine”.

Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY

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

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 remains with its original 6 month shelf life.

However, the FDA is expected to extend its shelf life by an additional 2 months, sometime in November 2021.

I will update this article when it is officially announced.

J&J Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson originally has a 3 month (90-day) shelf life. That was extended 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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Did KKM Deputy DG Dr. Chua Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

Did KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chua die from the Pfizer booster dose?

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

 

Claim : KKM Deputy DG Dr. Chua Died After Getting Pfizer Booster Dose!

Three messages have gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that KKM Deputy Director-General Dr. Chua died after receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

All three refer to the same Sin Chew news report in Chinese. Just skip over to the next section for the facts…

58 岁刚接种加强针就上去世了。加强针的安全性………..
(Translation : At the age of 58, he passed away just after he was given a booster shot. Improve the safety of the jab…)

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot

Dr Chua 58 , deputy DG of KKM died last night in his sleep. His 1st 2 jabs is Sinovac and he took his Pfizer booster jab last Tuesday . According to his family after the booster jab he had flu symptoms and aching pains. Dr Chua has both a PHD in TCM medicine and a western medical degree. Investigation is on to find out his death anything to do with the booster shot ?

Dr Chua (Cai GaoMao) Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Ministry of Health died in his sleep yesterday night. Prior to his sudden death he had received a Pfizer booster shot and suffered aches, cold soreness and other uncomfortable symptoms etc. His first and second dose were Sinovac. Investigations are being carried out to determine the cause of death.

 

KKM Deputy DG Dr. Chua Did NOT Die From Pfizer Booster Dose!

Okay, the title isn’t entirely accurate, since the viral messages aren’t accurate in the first place.

So let’s take a look at what we can confirm as facts, and what will still be “in the air” for now…

Fact #1 : “Dr. Chua” Is Actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow

The Dr. Chua in all three viral messages isn’t really Dr. Chua.

The Sin Chew report referred to him as 蔡高茂 (translated Cai Gaomao), with the position of the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Traditional Medicine in the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

He is actually Dr. Chai Koh Meow, with the position of Senior Principal Assistant Director of the Police and Development Section of the Traditional and Complementary Medicine Division of the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM).

Those who claim that Chai is the same as Chua are wrong. It is true that they share the same Chinese character 蔡 (Cai), but they are legally different surnames.

Here are OTHER legally different surnames based on the same Chinese 蔡 (Cai) character : Choy, Choi, Chuah, Tsai, Tsoi.

Dr. Chai Koh Meow cannot, for example, travel using a plane ticket bought using the name Chua Koh Meow or Choy Koh Meow. So it’s stupid to suggest that Chai is the same as Chua.

His name was also visible in the picture posted by Sin Chew, which was shared by Dr. Chai himself on his Facebook page on 21 August 2021.

Respect Dr. Chai’s name. He is Dr. Chai Koh Meow, not Dr. Chua Koh Meow.

Fact #2 : There Is No KKM Deputy Director-General Called Dr. Chua / Chai

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) actually has THREE deputy Director-Generals, based on their portfolio :

  • Medical : Dato’ Dr. Asmayani binti Khalib
  • Public Health : Datuk Dr. Chong Chee Kheong
  • Research + Technical Support : Datuk Dr. Hishamshah bin Mohd Ibrahim

There is no deputy Director-General within the Malaysia Ministry of Health called Dr. Chua or Dr. Chai.

Fact #3 : Dr. Chai Received His Pfizer Booster Dose 8 Days Earlier

According to the Sin Chew report, Dr. Chai received the Pfizer booster dose “last Tuesday”. That would be 9 November 2021.

He reportedly passed away during his sleep on the night of 17 November, and was discovered in the afternoon of 18 November 2021.

In other words, he received his Pfizer booster dose 8 days prior to his death.

Fact #4 : Most Dangerous Pfizer Side Effect Occurs Within Minutes

Pfizer shipped over 1.5 billion doses of their COVID-19 vaccine as of 22 September 2021. That means at least 500 million people have already been fully vaccinated with their vaccine.

Based on the large number of vaccinations, we are very well aware of the potential risks and side effects of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The most dangerous side effect of the Pfizer vaccine is anaphylaxis – a severe and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

But this occurs within MINUTES of getting the vaccine and can be quickly treated, which is why you are asked to stay back for observation after receiving the vaccine. It does not happen hours or days after vaccination.

Read more : Did Christian Eriksen Collapse After Receiving Pfizer Vaccine?

Fact #5 : DG Health Clarified The News Report

The Director-General of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah confirmed Dr. Chai’s passing on 18 November 2021, and that :

  • he received his booster dose on 9 November 2021,
  • he did not report any extraordinary side effects, and
  • he resumed work as usual until 16 November 2021.

Finally, he said that Dr. Chai’s death is being investigated, and requested that everyone avoid speculating until the official autopsy results are obtained.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do NOT Protect Against Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are not magical. They are just self-defence classes that teach our immune system to identify SARS-CoV-2, so it can learn how to defeat the real virus.

This prepares our immune system for a future “battle” against COVID-19, helping to prevent serious illness that may lead to hospitalisation or death.

However, COVID-19 vaccines do not and cannot protect against OTHER causes of death.

We cannot assume that every death that occurs after receiving the vaccine must be due to the vaccine, because people will die of other causes, even if they are vaccinated.

In Dr. Chai’s age group, the most common causes of sudden death are cardiac arrest and stroke. With or without vaccines, people will die of these causes.

Do we know the cause of death? NO, WE DO NOT. So we should NOT jump to conclusions, and make false claims.

Read more : Did Dr Vincent Wang Die From Pfizer Booster Dose?

 

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Sinovac Booster Dose : Can You Get It? Should You Take It?

Now that the Sinovac booster dose has been approved, can you get it?

If you can’t get it yet, should you WAIT to get a Sinovac booster dose instead of other vaccines?

Updated @ 2021-11-17 : Added Sinovac booster dose approval and updated advice on a Sinovac booster dose.

Updated @ 2021-11-12 : Added more information on Sinovac vaccine efficacy and advice on a Sinovac booster dose.
Originally published @ 2021-11-10

 

Can You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting those who received the Pfizer vaccine, before being expanded on 22 October 2021 to those who received the Sinovac vaccine.

Since then, many people have been asking if they can get a booster dose of the Sinovac vaccine instead.

The updated answer is SOON, but not yet.

On 17 November 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) approved the Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses for homologous vaccination.

That means Sinovac and AstraZeneca booster doses will be given to those who earlier received Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines respectively.

However, this does NOT mean the Sinovac booster dose is immediately available.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) will be targeting specific groups to receive these booster doses, which will be detailed later.

Right now, the COVID-19 Booster Dose programme in Malaysia continues to use the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Even people vaccinated with Sinovac will receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose.

If you had earlier received the Sinovac vaccine, and are open to receive the Pfizer booster dose, I highly recommend you get yourself on the standby list ASAP.

If CITF-B eventually decides to give only homologous vaccinations for Sinovac, you will lose your chance to get the Pfizer booster dose.

My advice remains the same – don’t wait for the Sinovac booster dose. Get the Pfizer booster dose if it is offered to you.

It is FAR MORE EFFECTIVE, and gives you a big boost in protection, especially if you received the Sinovac vaccine earlier.

Read more : Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Explained!

 

Should You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

The Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, mentioned earlier that people with severe allergies, or who have suffered an allergic reaction to the Pfizer vaccine earlier, may be offered a booster shot of the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine instead.

Now that the Sinovac vaccine has been approved as a booster dose, should you WAIT to get it?

That very much depends on a number of factors.

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.

Read more : Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

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 highly-infectious Delta variant.

In June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian admitted that their inactivated virus vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant.

While Sinovac has tried to push their booster dose as a way to shore up the CoronaVac’s efficacy against the Delta variant, it would be foolish to assume that it offers anything more than a temporary boost in relatively ineffective antibodies.

Even China is moving to use mRNA booster doses for those who received Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines, with their own mRNA vaccine called ARCoVAX entering mass production soon.

Read more : Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

Sinovac / Sinopharm Should Require Three Doses Minimum

On 12 October 2021, WHO experts recommended that those over 60 who received the Sinovac or Sinopharm’s vaccines should be given a third shot.

They notably refrained from calling it a booster dose, suggesting instead that they should be administered as three doses, instead of the recommended two doses, for a primary series vaccine.

This was precisely the same policy adopted by Singapore on 23 October 2021, when their Ministry of Health declared that three doses of the Sinovac vaccine will be REQUIRED for a person to be considered fully-vaccinated.

In other words – two doses isn’t enough to be considered fully-vaccinated for these inactivated virus vaccines.  They have to be taken as three doses MINIMUM.

Even Malaysia’s RECoVaM data show that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is comparatively weak, allowing significantly more breakthrough infections that result in ICU care and deaths.

If you still feel that you prefer to get three Sinovac vaccine doses, instead of using a different vaccine – that’s fine. It is better than not getting a booster shot at all.

The key thing is to GET PROTECTED against COVID-19, by getting fully-vaccinated. If that means three doses of Sinovac, so be it.

My advice remains the same as it did earlier this year. Don’t wait – get the first vaccine (or booster dose) you are offered!

Read more : Why COVID-19 Vaccine Efficacy Does NOT Matter!

 

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AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

The AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccine booster doses have been approved in Malaysia!

Here is what we know so far…

 

AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

On 17 November 2021, the Malaysia Drug Control Authority (DCA) agreed to give conditional approval for the use of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines as booster dose in Malaysia.

Both AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster doses were approved for all individuals 18 years and above who received the same primary series vaccine.

This is homologous vaccination, the opposite of heterologous vaccination being carried out right now with Sinovac recipients receiving the Pfizer booster dose.

Read more : Sinovac Vaccine Recipients To Get Pfizer Booster Dose!

The DCA also announced the conditional registration of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by SK Bioscience Co., Ltd. in South Korea. Malaysia has now approved three AstraZeneca vaccine manufacturers :

  • AstraZeneca Nijmegen B.V., Netherlands
  • Siam Bioscience Co., Ltd., Thailand
  • SK Bioscience Co., Ltd., South Korea

 

How Will AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Be Given In Malaysia?

The AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster dose will be given after these intervals :

  • AstraZeneca : 6 months after Dose 2
  • Sinovac : 3 to 6 months after Dose 2

While both vaccines have been approved as booster doses, it does not mean that everyone will get to receive them.

The COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) will target specific groups to receive these booster doses, which will be detailed later…

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

 

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Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life Extended In Malaysia!

The shelf life of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Sinovac has been EXTENDED in Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Why Extend Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life?

Vaccines generally have a shelf life of about 3 years, so many manufacturers were extraordinarily cautious when they only gave their COVID-19 vaccines a shelf life of about 6 months.

Such a short shelf life would mean that health authorities have to maintain a frenetic pace of vaccinations, or risk the expiry of their vaccine doses.

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.

And we know that they are safe to use past their “original shelf life” because of ongoing stability data.

So it really makes sense to extend vaccine shelf life based on new stability data, to cut down on waste.

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

 

Pfizer + Sinovac Vaccine Shelf Life Extended In Malaysia!

On 16 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) had officially approved the shelf life extensions for these 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

This shelf life extension will extend to ALL VACCINE STOCKS retrospectively, and would extend to any new doses that Malaysia may receive from now on.

In addition, the three manufacturers now have 6 months to update the shelf life that is printed on their vaccine vials.

This announcement comes after a complaint went viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Ministry of Health was “secretly” extending the expiry dates of the Pfizer vaccine against manufacturer’s recommendations.

Read more : Are We Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

Existing Pfizer Vaccine Batches With Extended Shelf Life

Here is a list of existing Pfizer vaccine batches that will be given extended shelf life :

Batch Original Expiry Date New Expiry Date
FE8163 31 October 2021 31 January 2022
FF0884 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FF0884 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FF8871 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FG3716 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FG2872 30 November 2021 28 February 2022
FG9019 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FG7900 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FH2528 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FG6272 31 December 2021 31 March 2022
FH8773 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH3253 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH4763 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH8773 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FK0112 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FK5475 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH4752 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FJ5973 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FK6858 31 January 2022 30 April 2022
FH3221 28 February 2022 31 May 2022

 

Existing Sinovac Vaccine Batches With Extended Shelf Life

Here is a list of existing Sinovac vaccine batches that will be given extended shelf life :

Batch Original Expiry Date New Expiry Date
5019117 30 September 2021 31 March 2022
5019383 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019401 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019402 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019403 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019482 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019486 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019492 31 October 2021 30 April 2022
5019494 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019495 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019496 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019497 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019499 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019501 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019502 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019504 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019533 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019534 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019541 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019545 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019546 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019549 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019550 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019551 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019553 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019554 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019555 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019556 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019558 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019559 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019560 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019561 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5019694 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019695 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019697 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5019698 30 November 2021 31 May 2022
5020068 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020069 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020071 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020072 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020086 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020087 31 December 2021 30 June 2022
5020096 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020097 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020099 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020100 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020102 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020103 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020118 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020119 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020121 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020122 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020124 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020125 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020127 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020128 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020130 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020131 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020291 31 January 2022 31 July 2022
5020292 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020294 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020295 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020297 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020298 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020300 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020301 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020303 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020304 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020306 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020307 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020309 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020310 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020315 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020316 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020321 28 February 2022 31 August 2022
5020322 28 February 2022 31 August 2022

 

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COVID-19 Booster Dose Now Open To Adults 40 & Above!

The COVID-19 booster dose is now available to adults who are 40 years and older!

Here is what you need to know…

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Now Open To Adults 40 & Above!

Malaysia started the COVID-19 vaccine booster dose programme on 13 October 2021, targeting medical and security frontliners, people who are 60 years or older, and people with co-morbidities.

On 9 November 2021, the Ministry of Health announced that the booster dose programme would henceforth be open to younger adults. The new criteria to receive the COVID-19 booster dose is now :

  • all frontliners
  • adults without co-morbidities : 40 years and above
  • adults with co-morbidities : 18 years and above

In addition, the booster dose will only be given to those who received these vaccines :

There is currently NO booster dose programme for the AstraZeneca vaccine, because its protection appears to remain strong even after 6 months.

You will receive the Pfizer booster dose, even if you were given the Sinovac vaccine earlier. This mixing of vaccines (called heterologous vaccination) is not only safe, it gives you a bigger boost in protection against the coronavirus.

Read more : Malaysia’s COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy Explained!

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose For Adults : A Quick Primer

As of 12 November 2021, only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use as a booster dose in Malaysia.

The Pfizer booster dose is the same as the first two doses of the COMIRNATY vaccine  – 30 micrograms in a 0.3 ml intramuscular injection.

For those who earlier received the Pfizer vaccine, the booster dose works like a refresher class in college, offering your immune system a third self-defence class against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It also kickstarts the production of new antibodies against the coronavirus.

For those who earlier received the Sinovac vaccine, the Pfizer booster dose works like a different, better self-defence class. Instead of learning Tai Chi for the third time, you are now learning Wing Chun or Krav Maga.

Read more : Can You And Should You Get A Sinovac Booster Dose?

 

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Latest US International Travel Rules: What You Need To Know!

The United States just lifted its international travel ban, and here is WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW before travelling to the US for work or leisure!

 

US International Travel Ban Lifted On 8 November 2021!

Almost 20 months after shutting out international travellers, the United States reopened its borders on 8 November 2021.

This not only allows families to reunite, it has also reopened the doors to business travellers and tourists. Flights to the US were reportedly full.

Many Delta flights to the US were 100% full over the next few weeks, with a 450% surge in international bookings. Lufthansa also reported that their flights to the US were fully-booked, while Virgin Atlantic and British Airways said that their passenger volumes to the US was almost full.

 

Latest US International Travel Rules: What You Need To Know!

Before you book your tickets, please go through this summary of the latest US international travel rules (as of 10 November 2021)!

Who Must Be Fully-Vaccinated

All foreigners (18 years or older) travelling to the US must be fully-vaccinated, according to these requirements :

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of a Novavax (or Covavax) COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a phase 3 clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart

Only these groups are exempted from the requirement to be fully-vaccinated :

  • US citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents
  • US immigrants
  • Air crew members
  • Persons on diplomatic or official foreign government travel
  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons issued a humanitarian or emergency exception
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces or their spouses or children (under 18 years of age)
  • Sea crew members traveling with to a C-1 and D nonimmigrant visa
  • Persons whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, or Secretary of Homeland Security (or their designees)

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

The United States will accept all vaccines that received US FDA or WHO approval or EUL. As of 10 November 2021, t this includes :

Single Dose Vaccine

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen

2-Dose Vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Covishield
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

Proof Of Vaccination

Travellers will be required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination that must include these information :

  • Personal identifiers : full name plus at least one other identifier such as date of birth or passport number) that match the personal identifiers on the passenger’s passport or other travel documents
  • Name of official source issuing the record : public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider)
  • Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination

These types of COVID-19 vaccination records will be accepted, as long as they have the information listed above :

Verifiable Records (Digital / Paper)

  • Vaccination certificate with QR code
  • Digital pass via smartphone application with QR code (e.g., United Kingdom National Health Service COVID Pass, European Union Digital COVID Certificate, Malaysia’s MySejahtera)

Non-Verifiable Paper Records

  • Printout of COVID-19 vaccination record
  • COVID-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level, or by an authorised vaccine provider (e.g. CDC vaccination card)

Non-Verifiable Digital Records

  • Digital photos of vaccination card or record,
  • Downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider), or
  • A mobile phone application without QR code

Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

Regardless of citizenship, ALL TRAVELLERS who are 2 years or older, must obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test, or produce documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

This proof of a negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 must be presented to the airlines before you are allowed to board the plane.

Fully-Vaccinated Travellers

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travellers Who Are NOT Fully-Vaccinated

The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight’s departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Travellers Who Recently Recovered From COVID-19

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

I hope this guide helps you safely and conveniently travel to the United States.

Here are the two key sources you can check for more details on US travel requirements :

Have a safe flight, and a great holiday in the United States!

 

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Did Thai Student Die From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Did a 20 year-old Thai student die from the mixing of her COVID-19 vaccines?

Find out what happened, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Thai Student Died From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

People are sharing a Bangkok Post article about a Thai student who recently died of a stroke, after receiving a Sinovac vaccine and then the AstraZeneca vaccine.

They are claiming that her death shows the danger of mixing COVID-19 vaccines.

The danger of mixing vaccines

A student who developed blood clots after getting her second Covid-19 vaccine shot and her left leg was amputated has since died of a haemorrhagic stroke after brain surgery.

She had been inoculated first with the Sinovac vaccine, and then given AstraZeneca as her second dose.

 

Truth : Thai Student Did NOT Die From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines!

This is yet another COVID-19 vaccine FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why!

Fact #1 : Vaccine Mixing Will Not Cause Blood Clots / Stroke

Most people do not even bother to read the Bangkok Post article to find out what they reported, and accepted the fake claim at face value.

The Bangkok Post never associated her death with the mixing of COVID-19 vaccines. That was added by the fake news creator.

Vaccines are like self-defence classes, so taking different vaccines (also known as heterologous vaccination) has been shown to impart better protection against COVID-19.

Taking different vaccines won’t interact with each other or cause problems like blood clots or stroke, because they are taken weeks apart.

Fact #2 : She Developed Blood Clots Which Required Amputation

The student, Ketsiree Kongkaew, received the Sinovac vaccine for her first dose, and subsequently the AstraZeneca vaccine on 13 August 2021.

She complained of fever and chest pains about 3 days later, which a doctor at the Phangnga Hospital diagnosed as a bladder infection.

However, she later experienced severe pain in her left leg, which an X-ray revealed were blood clots that required urgent surgery.

She was put on thrombolytic drugs to dissolve the clots, and transferred to two other hospitals, before doctors decided to amputate her leg.

Fact #3 : AstraZeneca Vaccine Can Cause TTS / VITT

The Bangkok Post article did not directly associate her blood clots with the AstraZeneca vaccine, only noting that they occurred after she received the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The AstraZeneca vaccine is known to cause a rare side effect called thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) or vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT).

This side effect is unusual because it causes blood clots to develop in the large veins of the brains, abdomen or lungs, together with low platelet counts, leading to bleeding tendencies.

It can also cause blood clots in large arteries like the carotid and middle cerebral arteries, but again, together with low platelet counts. These arterial blood clots are much less common than venous blood clots.

It is unknown if Ketsiree’s blood clots are related to the AstraZeneca vaccine, since they developed in her leg’s artery. But it is certainly a possibility.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?

Fact #4 : She Died From A Haemorrhagic Stroke 2 Months Later

On Friday, 22 October 2021, Ketsiree developed a haemorrhage stroke (bleeding in her brain), due to the thrombolytic drugs she was taking to treat the blood clots.

She underwent emergency surgery, but did not recover and had to rely on a ventilator. She was pronounced dead on Monday, 25 October 2021.

Her death was therefore a result of a haemorrhagic stroke that occurred 2 months later, and not TTS / VITT from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Rescue volunteers taking the body of 20-year-old student Ketsiree Kongkaew to Ao Luk district of Krabi province on Monday night for funeral rites and burial. Credit : Radio Thailand

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Can Cause Similar Blood Clots

While the AstraZeneca vaccine can cause TTS / VITT, the risk is exceedingly low.

More importantly, and this is something most people do not know – COVID-19 itself can cause similar blood clots in the cerebral vein, at much higher levels.

The Journal of American College of Cardiology recently reported that the risk of cerebral vein thrombosis (blood clots in the a major brain vein) is much higher with COVID-19 than vaccines :

Cerebral Vein Thrombosis Risk Per Million
People
Difference
Patient with COVID-19 207 +8,525%
AstraZeneca Vaccine 3.6 +50%
Normal Population 2.4 Baseline

So the benefits of getting vaccinated against COVID-19 still far outweigh the risk of getting TTS / VITT from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

More importantly, we can watch out for early symptoms of TTS / VITT, and seek early treatment before complications develop.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

There are many fake news about COVID-19 vaccines, so please take such alarming news with a grain of salt.

The truth is – all approved COVID-19 vaccines have been certified to be safe and effective through large clinical trials.

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

 

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Sinovac Vaccine Recipients To Get Pfizer Booster Dose!

Malaysia will start giving vulnerable Sinovac vaccine recipients the Pfizer booster dose!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Pfizer Booster Dose For Pfizer Vaccine Recipients Only!

On 13 October 2021, Malaysia started giving out the Pfizer booster dose for those who received the Pfizer vaccine more than 6 months earlier.

The Pfizer booster dose programme prioritised health and security frontliners, senior citizens who are 60 years and above, and individuals with co-morbidities.

Up till 19 October 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has administered the booster dose to 47,728 individuals.

 

Now : Pfizer Booster Dose For Sinovac Vaccine Recipients Too!

On 21 October 2021, KKM announced that they are expanding the booster dose programme to those who received the Sinovac vaccine more than 3 months ago.

For starters, the booster dose programme for Sinovac vaccine recipients will only be given to individuals who are 60 years or older.

This heterologous booster dose is an “off label” use, and will be monitored as part of the subgroup research under The Real World Evaluation of COVID-19 Vaccination (RECoVaM), and the SAFECOVAC study of adverse effects after vaccination.

This Pfizer booster dose will be given on a FREE and VOLUNTARY basis under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Program (PICK), starting Friday, 22 October 2021.

This booster dose will be administered by private medical practitioners in phases across Malaysia. Individuals who qualify for this booster dose will be informed through MySejahtera, or by SMS for those who do not have MySejahtera.

So if you are 60 years or older, and received your Sinovac vaccination more than 3 months ago, keep an eye out for your appointment!

 

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Klang Valley Clinics + Hospitals With FREE COVID-19 Vaccine

The FREE COVID-19 vaccine is now available at public and private clinics and hospitals for those who are still unvaccinated, or have missed their second dose.

Here is the full list of Klang Valley clinics and hospitals offering the FREE COVID-19 vaccine!

 

Free COVID-19 Vaccine At Klang Valley Clinics + Hospitals!

The government started shutting down all of the mega COVID-19 vaccination centres after Operation Surge Capacity ended.

Starting 1 October 2021, the government started offering the free COVID-19 vaccine through public clinics (Klinik Kesihatan) in the Klang Valley. This applies to both citizens and foreigners.

Then on 11 October 2021, the government also started offering the free COVID-19 vaccine through 98 private clinics and hospitals in the Klang Valley.

Anyone who has NOT received their first dose, or missed their second dose, can CONTACT these public or private clinics and hospitals in the Klang Valley for the free COVID-19 vaccine.

Please note that walk-in is NOT allowed. You must CONTACT them for an appointment.

 

Public Clinics With Free COVID-19 Vaccine In Klang Valley

Kuala Lumpur

Open : Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Klinik Kesihatan (KK) Email Address Tel. Number
KK Kuala Lumpur vaksin.pkdtt@gmail.com 011-12311904
KK Setapak ppvkksetapak@moh.gov.my 03-41425429
KK Kampung Pandan ppvkkp@moh.gov.my 017-5558108
KK Datu Keramat ppvkkdk123@gmail.com 014-3227543
KK Jinjang vaksinpkkepong@gmail.com 06-62583355
KK Sentul ppvanckks@gmail.com 03-62500594
KK Batu Muda ppvanckkbm@gmail.com 03-62415322
KK Tanglin kktanglin2021@gmail.com 03-26983311
03-26983580
03-26983490
KK Muhibbah ppvkkmuhibbah@gmail.com 03-77726040
KK Bandar Tun Razak ppvkkbtr@gmail.com 03-91713333
KK Cheras vaccinekkc@gmail.com 03-91333322
KK Sungai Besi ppvkksb@gmail.com 03-90549911
KK Cheras Baru ppvkkcherasbaru@gmail.com 03-91333322

Putrajaya

Open : Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Klinik Kesihatan (KK) Email Address Tel. Number
KK Putrajaya ppv.pkpj@gmail.com 013-8880938

Selangor

Open : Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

District Health Office (PKD) Email Address Tel. Number
Petaling PKD ppvpkdpetaling21@gmail.com 03-78840400
Kuala Langat PKD bgvaksinpkdklgt@gmail.com 019-3286275
Gombak PKD bgcovid19gombak@gmail.com 03-60913814
Kuala Selangor PKD ppvremaja.kesl@gmail.com 03-32812309
019-4727453
(WhatsApp)
Klang PKD bgvc19klang@gmail.com 019-6466658
(WhatsApp)
Hulu Selangor PKD bgvaksinpkdhs@gmail.com 03-60642078
Hulu Langat PKD bgvc19hululangat@gmail.com 03-87397909
Sepang PKD vaksincovidsepang@gmail.com 03-87066001
Sabak Bernam PKD pasukankesihatansekolah@gmail.com 019-3656570

 

Private Clinics + Hospitals With Free COVID-19 Vaccine In Klang Valley

Gombak

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Sp Care Selayang selayang@spcaregroup.com 03-61371143
Klinic Mohanan klinikmohanan042@gmail.com 03-60911414
Klinik Sulaiman Talib vaksin.kliniksulaiman@gmail.com 03-61895032
Poliklinik Zain Azrai pkazrai@gmail.com 017-7711840
Klinik Tan & Mano ktmano_ab@yahoo.com 03-41614013
Klinik Shanti shantiklinik@yahoo.com.my 03-62744025
Klinik As-Salam klinik.assalamkeramat@gmail.com 012-9400969
Klinik Sp Care Rawang rawangmutiara@spcaregroup.com 03-60917753
Gombak Medicare Clinic gombakmedicareclinic19@gmail.com 03-61818-1198
Klinik Media Ihsan akvk.mediehsan@gmail.com 017-5242730
Klinik Idzham kisbtm02@yahoo.com 019-3320034
Klinik Jaya (Gombak) umayaalv@gmail.com 03-41077684
KPJ Rawang Hospital prmarketing@kpjrawang.com 03-60998999
ext. 8838/8839
Kohilal Medical Centre ppkohilal@gmail.com 03-41068466

Hulu Langat

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Union k.union_amp@yahoo.com 03-42703268
Klinik Idzham Taman Kosas kisbtk01@gmail.com 016-2110583
Klinik As-Salam klinik.assalam24jam@gmail.com 012-4140969
Poliklinik Wirabakti poliklinikwirabakti27@gmail.com 03-89255525
010-4323857
Klinik Impian Medik drfaizah74@yahoo.com 03-89266677
Poliklinik Perdana poliklinikperdana@hotmail.com 03-90813176
Klinik Kita kksi09@yahoo.com 03-87406824
Poliklinik Muc mucjr@muclinics.com 012-3981072
Poliklinik Kumpulan City pkctamansuntex@gmail.com 017-6323382
Poliklinik Dr. Azhar pdarbmcheras@gmail.com 03-90105406
Poliklinik Indren poliklinikindren@gmail.com 03-42705825
Klinik Idzham Pandan Indah kisbpi@yahoo.com 016-2110576
Poliklinik Anand sj_connie70@yahoo.com.my 03-92870507
UNI Klinik uniklinik.semenyih@gmail.com 011-59192410
Kajang Sentral Medical Centre admin@amckajang.com.my 019-3320678
Hospital Islam Az-Zahrah marketing@azzahrah.my 03-89212525
An-Nur Specialist Hospital customerservice@annur.migh.com.my 03-89235500
Sungai Long Specialist Hospital marketing@sglonghospital.com 011-16082588

Hulu Selangor

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Wong Singh kwssentosa@gmail.com 03-60283028
03-60281453
Klinik Ng & Singh ngsinghbukitberuntung@gmail.com 03-60282939
Klinik Sp Care Serendah antaragapi@spcaregroup.com 03-60812290

Klang

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Crosmed eddycrosmed@gmail.com 011-10591070
Klinik Mediviron Bandar Puteri Klang medivironbpk@gmail.com 03-51628321
Klinik Keluarga Siva Lim kliniksivalim@yahoo.com.my 03-38847926
Poliklinik Vista Pelangi Avenue poliklinikvista@gmail.com 011-11463100
Poliklinik Omega-Care psomegacare@gmail.com 03-31657513
Klinik Sella kliniksella@gmail.com 03-3885-2398
BP Specialist Center Klang scklang@bphealthcare.com 03-33239169
Manipal Hospital Klang btmc.hsc@rsdhealth.com 03-38843684

Kuala Langat

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Poliklinik MAHSA @ SPC healthclinic.spc@mahsa.edu.my 010-8803362
Klink Mediviron Banting medibanting@gmail.com 03-31871029
Klinik Ng Sree clinicngsree@gmail.com 019-2275761
Klinik Fuziah klinikfuziahbanting@gmail.com 03-31494784
Qualitas Health Clinic reception.klinikwaranko@gmail.com 03-55254365
Poliklinik Al-Haramain alharamain85@yahoo.com 03-31913239
Klinik Aurora Kuala Langat auroramedicare@gmail.com 010-2336855
Poliklinik Shaik eco-alshaikgroup@gmail.com 019-6085981
Klinik Siti Banting sitibanting@gmail.com 019-3084256

Kuala Selangor

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Ng & Singh kns.ijok@yahoo.com 03-32791845
Klinik Mediviron Tanjung Karang klinikmedivirontgkarang@gmail.com 03-32698332
Klinik Siti Seri Pristana kliniksitiseripristana7@gmail.com 019-3084256

Petaling

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Hope & Care hopecarepekab40@gmail.com 03-80623926
Klink Menara klinikmenara@gmail.com 03-78439101
013-6979639
Klinik Medipulse Rahman Putra medipulse.brp@gmail.com 03-61436292
Klinik Rakan Medik rmkj@qualitas.com.my 03-78035688
Klinik Sp Care Kota Damansara kotadamansara@spcaregroup.com 03-61446054
Klinik Medikita marketing_medikita@yahoo.com 03-55255111
Klinik Central Petaling Jaya kcentralnzx@gmail.com 016-6186736
Klinik Idzham Damansara Damai kisbkd02@gmail.com 016-2236097
Dr Leela Ratos & Friends sungaiwaylrr@gmail.com 03-74991113
Ting Children Specialist Clinic senchristine@gmail.com 03-58820288
012-5001695
Poliklinik Vijay poliklinikvijay@yahoo.com 03-58890039
Klinik Selva Taman Kinrara kselvatkvaksin@gmail.com 03-80704584
Klinik Keluarga Equine csteh9562@gmail.com 03-89409621
Klinik Iman klinikiman1@gmail.com 019-2612030
Klinik Hanan Klang vaksincovid@hanamedicare.com 03-33624160
Poliklinik Dr Azhar Shah Alam pdarshahalam@gmail.com 03-78311230
TGGD Medical Clinic contact@tggdclinic.com 03-58869999
03-58869996
BP Specialist Centre Glenmarie scgm@bphealthcare.com 03-55699996
03-55690940
BP Specialist Centre Megah sctm@bphealthcare.com 03-78030992
Ara Damansara Medical Centre admin.imaging@rsdhealth.com 03-78399230
Subang Jaya Medical Centre sjmc.hsc@rsdhealth.com 03-56391389
03-56391212
Klinik Siti Subang Perdana kliniksitisubangperdana21@gmail.com 019-3084256

Sabak Bernam

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Klinik Mediviron Sekinchan klinikmedivironsekinchan@gmail.com 017-594706
Klinik Anda Sungai Besar klinikanda.sungaibesar@gmail.com 013-3752334
Poliklinik Gunwant poliklinikgunwant@yahoo.com 03-32244067

Sepang

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Orion Clinic orionclinic.cyberjaya@gmail.com 03-88008934
Qualitas Sv Care Clinic svcarevaccine2@yahoo.com 017-2761386
Klinik Al Raffah Nur alraffahnur.clinic@gmail.com 012-4361712
Poliklinik Media Ihsan poliklinikmediihsansklia@gmail.com 014-3348385
03-87059287
Menara Medical Clinic menaramcklia@gmail.com 03-87765909
019-9211223
(WhatsApp)
Klinik Masya klinikmasya@gmail.com 03-87060544
Klinik Velayutham medicqaseh@gmail.com 010-2975925
Klinik Lingam Dengkil kliniklingam@gmail.com 017-6450705

Kuala Lumpur

Private Facility Email Address Tel. Number
Poliklinik Gomez gomezkepong2@gmail.com 010-3424917
Klinik Gravidities klinik.famili.grav@gmail.com 03-41444265
Klinik Azurose klinikazurose@gmail.com 011-62530334
Klinik Mediviron Dr Halim kmedivironp15@gmail.com 03-8888804
Klinik Medi Pesona kmpbangsar@yahoo.com 03-22881439
019-6662726
Klinik Familycare admin@clinicfamilycare.com 019-3565767
Megaklinik Zahran Putrajaya vaksinmzp@gmail.com 011-54147017
Klinik Famili BTS klinikfamilibts@gmail.com 011-54147017
Klinik Mediviron Setapak medicalreportmedivironsetapak@gmail.com 011-12639882
Klinik Prima poliklinikprima@yahoo.com 03-62509760

 

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Fact Check : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are From China?

Did the New York Times confirm that the top four COVID-19 vaccines are from China?

Find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are From China

People have been excitedly sharing this amazing news about Chinese vaccines on WhatsApp and Facebook.

It’s a long message, so skip to the next section for the facts…

Covid-19.. Ranking of Vaccines

US accepted the best vaccine is from China.

America’s New York Times reports.

China’s 1-4 best vaccine rankings, while many admired Pfizer ranked sixth.

– The safety rating of vaccines currently injected in Thailand

Sinovac and AZ are 2nd and 5th, while the demanding Pfizer is 6th.

 

Truth : Top 4 COVID-19 Vaccines Are NOT From China

This is just an updated version of the earlier fake news claiming that Chinese vaccines are the world’s safest.

And here are the reasons why it’s just FAKE NEWS…

Fact #1 : It Was Not An Actual NYT Article

The posts promoted a New York Times link, but it was really just an opinion piece by Achal Prabhala and Chee Yoke Ling – an Indian public health activist and a Malaysian public interest lawyer.

It was NOT an actual article by any New York Times writer or correspondent. Neither was it endorsed by the New York Times.

Fact #2 : NYT Did Not Rank COVID-19 Vaccines

The opinion piece did NOT rank the COVID-19 vaccines, much less claim that the top 4 vaccines are from China.

In fact, it pointed out the conflicting trial results for the CoronaVac vaccine from Sinovac, and noted that “China’s and Russia’s self-serving propaganda campaigns touting their respective vaccines only increased wariness“.

Instead of praising Chinese vaccines as the safest in the world, the two writers were merely asking health authorities to “start trusting other countries’ vaccines“, because there is simply not enough vaccines from Western countries to supply the world.

Read more : Did New York Times Rank Chinese Vaccines As World Safest?

Fact #3 : The New York Times Refuted The Claim

On 10 March 2021, The New York Times published three tweets refuting the false claims.

We are aware of misinformation circulating on WhatsApp, which falsely ranks the safety of worldwide coronavirus vaccines and attributes this list to a report published by The New York Times.

This message is misleading and untrue. The New York Times did not publish this list, our reporting has not suggested that Chinese vaccines are superior to vaccines produced elsewhere, nor have we published claims that China has exported more than 500 million doses.

Our understanding of the effectiveness and safety of vaccines is published in The New York Times Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker. It is evolving, nuanced, and regularly updated to reflect current scientific evidence.

Fact #4 : Chinese Vaccines Have Efficacy Issues

On 24 June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian told the China Central Television that antibodies from two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

In that interview, he declined to name the two Chinese vaccines, but the Caixin Global report appears to confirm that they are the Sinovac CoronaVac and Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccines.

Sinovac itself appears to be cognisant of this limitation, and have conducting clinical research on a booster dose of their own.

But it appears that the Chinese government is not going to wait, but will instead boost protection against the Delta variant using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine instead.

Read more : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

Fact #5 : Doses Ordered, Not Delivered

The post claimed that “China has exported more than 500 million doses of vaccines to more than 50 countries around the world, and it is estimated that hundreds of millions of people have been vaccinated.”

The truth is Chinese vaccine manufacturers received ORDERS for about 500 million doses of their vaccines from about 45 countries.

When that post first appeared in February 2021, China was actually a long way from delivering (exporting) those 500 million vaccine doses, and certainly hundreds of millions of people have NOT been vaccinated with Chinese COVID-19 vaccines at that time.

Even China only planned to vaccinate 50 million essential workers by mid-February – less than 4% of its population, even as it exports millions of doses overseas.

Fact #6 : China Purchased 100 Million Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine

Despite the claims of Chinese vaccine superiority and approving FOUR domestically developed and produced vaccines, China also ordered 100 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

As mentioned in Fact #4, the Chinese government is planning to boost protection against the Delta variant using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, for people vaccinated with their Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

Read more : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

Fact #7 : Flying For Early Vaccines, Not Chinese Vaccines

While the fake post insinuates that wealthy people in Britain are flying to the UAE for superior Chinese vaccines, the truth is they were offered EARLY ACCESS to COVID-19 vaccines.

Knightsbridge Circle – a private concierge service – had been flying people since January 2021 to the UAE for the Pfizer vaccine, or India for the AstraZeneca vaccine.

In February 2021, they partnered with the UAE to offer the Sinopharm vaccine as a way to “bring tourism into the area”.

This is really about the rich cutting queue and getting early access to COVID-19 vaccines, and not about wealthy UK residents actually believing in the superiority of Chinese vaccines.

Fact #8 : Vaccine Side Effects Do Not Take 10-20 Years To Appear

It is utter nonsense to claim that vaccines can cause side effects 10-20 years later.

Vaccines are merely self-defence classes for our immune system – teaching it how to identify a microbe, so it can learn to make antibodies against it.

Like a self-defence class, a vaccine doesn’t stick around. That’s why sometimes a booster dose (like revision classes) is required.

Any side effects you may experience is your body’s natural reaction to what it believes is the actual virus – this is how the vaccine trains the body to defend itself.

These side effects occur in the first few days of getting the vaccine dose, and do not lay in wait for 10-20 years before appearing.

 

Should You Trust Vaccines Made In China?

Yes, if approved by the health authority of your country, you should trust vaccines made in China.

The Chinese vaccines may have lower efficacy than the Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine, but they are still effective at preventing hospitalisations and death.

We need to stop obsessing over efficacy rates because most people don’t understand them.

What we really need to understand is that ALL approved COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to prevent severe or fatal COVID-19 disease.

Just take any approved COVID-19 vaccine, and you will be protected against moderate to severe COVID-19 disease that requires medical treatment.

Recommended : Which COVID-19 Vaccine Should YOU Choose?

 

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KKM Requirements To Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Malaysia will now allow a fully-vaccinated husband to accompany his wife during delivery in all KKM hospitals!

Here are the official requirements!

Updated @ 2021-10-04 : Added official list of requirements by KKM.
Originally posted @ 2021-09-28

 

Vaccinated Husband Can Accompany Wife During Delivery!

Ever since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was initiated in March of 2020, government hospitals stopped allowing husbands to accompany their wives in the labour rooms.

On 28 September 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin responded to a request by a husband to be allowed to accompany his wife since he is already fully vaccinated.

He requested that the Director of Health Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah allow any fully-vaccinated husband to accompany his wife in the labour room, if he is fully-vaccinated, and undergo a COVID-19 test, with a negative test result.

The test is necessary even if the husband is fully-vaccinated is because he may still be infected with COVID-19, even if he is completely asymptomatic.

Read more : What You Need To Know About COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough!

 

Requirements To Accompany Wife During Delivery!

On 30 September 2021, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah announced that the husband or a close family member can accompany the wife during her delivery at all public hospitals under KKM.

This initiative kicks off today – on 4 October 2021. However, the husband or close relative must comply with these requirements :

  • Be fully-vaccinated according to this definition :
    – More than 14 days after receiving both doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccine.
    More than 28 days after receiving a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson or Cansino vaccine.
  • Undergo a COVID-19 screening test – either RT-PCR or RTK-Ag – at any health facility or private lab within 72 hours.
    – After testing, the husband / close relative must restrict their movements to avoid infection.
    – The test result must be brought to the hospital, before the husband / close relative can accompany the mother in the Delivery Ward.
  • Alternatively, the husband / close relative purchase a COVID-19 Self Test Kit approved by the Medical Devices Authority (MDA) and bring it to the hospital.
    – The husband / close relative will then use the COVID-19 Self Test Kit at the hospital screening area, while being observed and verified by the attending healthcare worker.

The husband and close relatives of the expectant mother are advised to strictly follow COVID-19 precautions, as pregnant mothers are a high-risk group.

 

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Malaysia Approves Sinovac Vaccine For Use In Adolescents!

Malaysia just approved the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine for use in adolescents!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia Approves Sinovac Vaccine For Use In Adolescents!

On 1 October 2021, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) announced the Drug Control Authority (DCA) has approved the use of the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine in adolescents 12-17 years in age.

With this approval, the CoronaVac now becomes the second COVID-19 vaccine to be approved for use in teenagers, in addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine that was approved in June 2021.

However, the Drug Control Authority recommends that when it comes to adolescents 12 to 17 years old, the Sinovac vaccine should be used for :

  • those without co-morbidities,
  • those who have severe allergies, or
  • those who are unable to take the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine.

They will only determine if adolescents with co-morbidities are allowed to receive the Sinovac vaccine once there is sufficient data.

Read more : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

 

Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine : A Quick Primer!

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

Developed by Sinovac Life Sciences, CoronaVac is a 2-dose inactivated virus vaccine, where the second dose delivered 14 days after the first.

Once injected into the body, the antigens on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus triggers the body’s immune system.

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

On 6 February 2021, China approved the CoronaVac vaccine for general use.

Recommended : CoronaVac Vaccine By Sinovac : Your Questions Answered!

 

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AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Efficacy Against Gamma Variant

A large Brazil study just compared the efficacy of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines against the Gamma variant of COVID-19!

Here is what you need to know!

 

SARS-CoV-2 Gamma Variant : What Is It?

The Gamma variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (P.1) is one of the four Variants of Concern (VOCs). It was first detected in Brazil in November 2020, but has since spread to more than 10 other countries.

As this BBC comparison shows – it is more similar to the Beta (UK) variant than the Delta (India) variant. It shares two of the mutations of concern with the Beta variant, but none with the Delta variant.

The Gamma variant is less transmissible than the Delta variant, but has greater resistance to vaccines.

Therefore, the results of this study is of great interest to scientists and doctors who are worried about the effectiveness of current vaccines, if the Gamma variant becomes more prevalent.

 

AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : TLDR Summary

The Brazilian study looked at 60.5 million Brazilians who were vaccinated with either the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine, or the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine.

Here is our quick TLDR summary of their key findings :

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

  • breakthrough infections were high for people who were partially-vaccinated
  • partially-vaccinated individuals had significant protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • fully-vaccinated individuals had very good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • there was a big drop in vaccine effectiveness in people 90 years or older

Sinovac CoronaVac

  • breakthrough infections were high, whether people were partially- or fully-vaccinated
  • partially-vaccinated individuals had poor protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • fully-vaccinated individuals had good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death
  • there was a huge drop in vaccine effectiveness in people 90 years or older

Despite what Internet rumours may claim, the AstraZeneca vaccine is definitely superior to the Sinovac vaccine.

But the good news is – both vaccines offer good protection against the Gamma variant of COVID-19, with one caveat – only after individuals are fully-vaccinated.

Therefore, the key takeaway from this study is that it is critical to get FULLY-VACCINATED to obtain full protection against COVID-19!

 

AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Study Results Summarised

The Brazilian study was a retrospective study involving 60.5 million Brazilians from 18 January until 30 June 2021.

It compared the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria and Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines in preventing :

  • COVID-19 infection,
  • hospitalisation,
  • ICU admission, and
  • death.

The study also noted that the Gamma variant was the most frequent variant in Brazil at the time it was conducted.

Partial Vaccination

The Brazilian team defined partial vaccination as 14 days or longer after receiving the first dose of a vaccine, but before receiving the second dose.

They found that partial vaccination with the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine offered significant protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death – about 50% better than unvaccinated people.

Partial vaccination with the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine offered far less protection than the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Partial Vaccination AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 34.0% 16.4%
Hospitalisation 52.2% 26.6%
ICU Admission 54.0% 28.1%
Death 49.3% 29.4%

Full Vaccination

The Brazilian team defined full vaccination as 14 days or longer after receiving the second dose of a vaccine.

They found that people fully-vaccinated with the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine had good protection against getting infected with COVID-19, and very good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death.

Full vaccination with the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine offered significant protection against getting infected with COVID-19, and good protection against hospitalisation, ICU admission and death.

This shows the importance of being fully-vaccinated with either vaccine.

Full Vaccination AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 70.0% 54.2%
Hospitalisation 86.8% 72.6%
ICU Admission 88.1% 74.2%
Death 90.2% 74.0%

People 90 Years Or Older

The Brazilian team also identified a big drop in vaccine effectiveness in people who are 90 years or older.

This is a bigger problem for the Sinovac CoronaVac, which offers only 35% protection against death for this age group; and less so for the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, which offers twice that (70%).

Because of this big drop in vaccine effectiveness, the study authors are recommending a booster dose for this age group.

 

AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Authors’ Conclusions

You can read the entire preprint paper, Effectiveness of Vaxzevria and CoronaVac vaccines in Brazil, by Cerqueira-Silva et. al.

Here are the conclusions by the study authors :

Both vaccines demonstrated overall effectiveness against severe COVID-19 up to 80 years of age. Our results suggest that individuals aged 90 years or older may benefit from an expedited third booster dose. Ongoing evaluations, including any additional vaccines authorized, are crucial to monitoring long-term vaccine effectiveness.

 

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Are Chinese Vaccines The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant?

Are Chinese vaccines the most effective vaccines against the Delta variant of COVID-19?

Find out what just went viral, and what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Chinese Vaccines Are The Most Effective Against Delta Variant!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that Chinese vaccines are superior to the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines, and are in fact, the most effective vaccines against Delta variant!

It is quite long, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS!

Israel DOES NOT use China vaccines at all,
but Israel uses only Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, and that is why Israel has record number of daily cases now, and the number of daily cases in Israel is now higher than before vaccination started, and the vast majority of Israel people have already been vaccinated .

The reason for the failure to stop virus spread in Israel and also in Singapore,
is because Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, are NOT EFFECTIVE against the delta variant, and the effectiveness will keep dropping every month.

Both Israel and Singapore made the same mistake, of naively and trusting in full, the USA fake news media claim, that wildly overstate the effectiveness of vaccines like Moderna+Pfizzer vaccines, and the same USA fake news media FALSELY CLAIM that China vaccines are not effective, but in the real world, China vaccines turn out to be the most effective, especially against the Delta variant .

 

Truth : Chinese Vaccines Are Not The Most Effective Vs. Delta Variant

The truth is – Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are decent, but they are hardly the most efficacious vaccines in the market.

And they are definitely NOT the most effective vaccines against the Delta variant.

This is just another piece of Chinese propaganda, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Israel Showed That Lockdowns Work

In their first wave, Israel declared a national state of emergency on 19 March 2020, and underwent a strict lockdown with travel restrictions.

In their second wave, they announced another set of lockdown measures from July to September 2020, which rapidly cut down the numbers by end of October 2020.

In their third wave, Israel initiated their third nationwide lockdown on 27 December 2020, which they started lifting in March 2021.

Fact #2 : Israel Currently Has Few COVID-19 Restrictions

By June 2021, masking was no longer required even indoors, and there are currently very few restrictions in Israel.

In spite of their high vaccination rate – 61.1% of their population are fully vaccinated – Israel has not achieved herd immunity.

Unfortunately, they got complacent and opened up too early. Coupled with the more transmissible Delta variant, this led to their fourth wave.

Read more : Delta Variant Of COVID-19 Can Infect In Seconds!

Fact #3 : Delta Variant Causes More Breakthrough Infections

We have known since June 2021 that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is partially-resistant to vaccines.

This allows it to cause more breakthrough infections, especially for those who are partially-vaccinated.

This is more of a problem for the AstraZeneca vaccine, and much less for the Pfizer vaccine used in Israel and Singapore.

Read more : Why Delta Variant Causes MORE Breakthrough Infections!

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 50% 93% 50% 66%
Delta (India) 33% 88% 33% 60%

Fact #4 : Vaccines Protect Against Hospitalisation + Death!

While the Delta variant can cause more breakthrough infections, COVID-19 vaccines offer excellent protection against hospitalisation and death.

What this means is the fully-vaccinated people who get infected by COVID-19 will usually experience a mild or even asymptomatic disease.

COVID-19
Variant
Pfizer AstraZeneca
1 Dose 2 Doses 1 Dose 2 Doses
Alpha (UK) 83% 95% 76% 86%
Delta (India) 94% 96% 71% 92%

Fact #5 : Sinovac CoronaVac Is LESS Effective

A large Brazilian preprint study was just released, comparing the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine against the AstraZeneca vaccine.

This study which involved 60.5 million people confirmed that the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine was less effective than the AstraZeneca Vaxzevria vaccine.

Even so, I must point out that the Sinovac vaccine offers significant protection against hospitalisation and death that unvaccinated people are at risk of.

Read more : AstraZeneca vs. Sinovac : Efficacy Against Gamma Variant

Protection Against AstraZeneca Sinovac
Infection 70.0% 54.2%
Hospitalisation 86.8% 72.6%
ICU Admission 88.1% 74.2%
Death 90.2% 74.0%

Fact #6 : Sinopharm BIBP Is LESS Effective

A recent study in Bahrain involving 1.24 million participants showed that the Sinopharm BIBP vaccine was less effective than the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.

The study showed that the Pfizer mRNA vaccine was 2.5X better at preventing infection, 10X better at preventing hospitalisation, 28.5X better at avoiding ICU admission and 7.5X better at preventing death.

But I must point out that the Sinopharm vaccine itself does a great job at preventing hospitalisation, ICU admission and death, compared to unvaccinated people.

It is just not as effective as the Pfizer vaccine, especially against the Delta variant.

Cases Per 100K
Per Week
Pfizer Sinopharm Unvaccinated
Infection 136.3 350.5 643.0
Hospitalisation 2.8 28.4 51.1
ICU Admission 0.08 2.29 6.39
Death 0.22 1.64 4.42

Fact #7 : China’s Success Due To Lockdown, Not Vaccines

China successfully kept COVID-19 cases flat since March 2020 through extremely strict lockdowns and preventive measures. This allowed them to avoid multiple waves that have afflicted many countries around the world.

We know that their success had nothing to do with the superiority of Chinese vaccines, because China itself has been busy exporting vaccines instead of using them.

Despite being the first to approve a COVID-19 vaccine (from Sinopharm), China only vaccinated 24 million people (1.6%) by the end of January 2021.

They have since ramped up vaccination, after India’s Delta variant crisis rattled them. But their continued success in preventing another COVID-19 wave has, currently, little to do with their vaccines.

Fact #8 : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines

In July 2021, Caixin Global reported that China is planning to offer the Pfizer Comirnaty mRNA vaccine as a booster dose for citizens vaccinated with the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

This decision came after Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian said that two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

This is a tacit acknowledgement by the Chinese government that the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines are not working well against the Delta variant.

Read more : China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

 

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Fact Check : Dr. Kenny Yong On How To Survive COVID-19

Dr. Kenny Yong is a COVID-19 survivor who is preaching fake and unproven cures.

Find out why he’s putting people’s lives at risk, and WARN your friends!

 

Dr. Kenny Yong : Rise Of An Antivax Doctor

Dr. Kenny Yong rose from obscurity to a social media celebrity of sorts, after releasing an audio message claiming to be a COVID-19 survivor who was chosen by God to teach us how to survive it too.

He now runs both a Telegram group, as well as a WhatsApp group, where he promotes fake or unproven treatments like ivermectin, as well as vaccine antibody tests, while sharing anti-vaccination videos and opinions – the irony of which is lost on his followers.

In this voice message, he explained how his mother was vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine that resurrected like a zombie, and infected him and his whole family.

That is an outright lie because the viruses in the Sinovac vaccine are completely dead, but people still believe his lies. Even today, he continues to peddle that lie.

Ironically, he self-medicated himself and his mother with ivermectin and other alternative treatments like high-dose vitamins, ultraviolet blood irradiation, stem cells and even ozone therapy… and FAILED!

Instead of seeking medical help as soon as things got worse, they only sought help more than a week later when they were both breathless.

Even though they both managed to get beds in hospitals that were filled to the brim, Dr. Kenny Yong berated the doctors arrogant for not giving them both his preferred “alternative treatments for COVID-19”.

In the end, his mother died of COVID-19, and Dr. Kenny Yong himself only survived after being resuscitated on four different occasions.

 

Dr. Kenny Yong : COVID-19 Survivor Peddling Falsehoods

Despite failing to treat himself or his mother with his alternative treatments, Dr. Kenny Yong believes that he is a Messiah chosen by God to teach us how to defeat COVID-19 like he did.

He is no Messiah. In fact, he is an object lesson on how NOT to treat or prevent COVID-19.

He refused to get vaccinated, and falsely blamed his own mother for infecting him and his family with COVID-19 from the Sinovac vaccine, which is impossible.

And when they both got infected, he put both their lives at risk by self-medicating with ivermectin and other alternative treatments.

They were only admitted to the hospitals when they “crashed” on Day 8, after a week of alternative treatments. This clearly shows that ivermectin and all those alternative treatments they took were USELESS!

Yet, he continues to promote ivermectin, even though it FAILED to prevent his entire family from getting COVID-19, and when they all got infected, FAILED to prevent both him and his mother from getting severe COVID-19.

And he calls the doctors who treated them “stupid”, “assholes” and “royal circus clowns” – the same doctors who saved him from dying FOUR TIMES.

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

Dr. Kenny Yong and Dr. Vijaendreh Subramaniam of MAECC

Let me be VERY CLEAR about why Dr. Kenny Yong is not being honest with us, and why he’s peddling dangerous falsehoods :

  1. Inactivated virus vaccines cannot be resurrected. The Sinovac vaccine, for example, is made by using a chemical to scramble the virus’ genetic code, leaving its carcass to serve as the vaccine.
  2. It is impossible for his mother to get COVID-19 from her Sinovac vaccine. It is also wrong for him to blame her for infecting him and his family.
  3. He falsely claims that natural immunity works better than vaccines – 50% of survivors 65 years or older can get reinfected, for example.
  4. He almost died 4 times getting that natural immunity, and his mother died.
  5. Ivermectin has not been shown to work against COVID-19 outside of a lab. In fact, the latest clinical studies show that it offers no clinical benefit against COVID-19, and it doesn’t stop transmission either.
  6. He also falsely claimed that it’s wonderful to take 15 ivermectin tablets – a senior citizen overdosed and fell unconscious!
  7. The other alternative treatments he tried has not been tested or found to work against COVID-19 – stem cells, high-dose vitamins, ultraviolet blood irradiation, ozone therapy.
  8. The FLCCC is a fringe group of doctors that promotes alternative treatments for COVID-19, that they themselves did not even test in any trial to prove that they work!

Read more : Fact Check : Survivor Lillian On How To Survive COVID-19?
Read more : Fact Check : Can You Get COVID-19 From Sinovac Vaccine?
Read more : FLCCC Allegedly Said 15 Ivermectin Tablets Safe To Take?!

 

Dr. Kenny Yong : Voice Recording + Summary

Here is Dr. Kenny Yong’s viral voice message, followed by my brief summary :

https://www.techarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Kenny-Yong-testimonial-WhatsApp-Audio-2021-08-09-at-23.56.40.mp3?_=1
  • He claimed that his mother was infected by COVID-19 from the Sinovac vaccine, and she in turn infected him and his family.
  • He started feeling “not good” from 1 – 3 July 2021
  • His PCR test came back positive for COVID-19 on 3 July 2021
  • Day 1 to 6 : He was “doing ozone [therapy], high-dose vitamins (including Vitamin C), ivermectin, ultraviolet blood irradiation and ozone step 1 and step 2 major autoimmune therapy
  • He and his mother (who also tested positive) were doing well from 3 – 7 July 2021, and they implanted 100 million units of stem cells
  • Nevertheless, both of them took an acute turn for the worst on Day 7, and “crashed” on Day 8.
  • He claimed that they both belong to a special “Day 8 deterioration” group that requires steroid treatment at the hospital.
  • His mother was admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital on 9 July, and was doing okay until 11 July.
  • But he claimed the hospital gave his mother the “wrong steroid”, claiming that she should have been given methylprednisolone from Day 1, as recommended by FLCCC.
  • He claimed that in her last 5 days at the Sungai Buloh Hospital, his mother had “Happy Hypoxia” with SpO2 of 52%, but they deprived her of a ventilator.
  • He also claimed that his mother was yelling for a ventilator for those 5 days but passed away on the morning of 16 July 2021.
  • He also complained that his family was not allowed to visit his mother while she was in the hospital.
  • Dr. Kenny Yong himself was admitted to the Sungai Long Hospital where he was given Clexane, a low-molecular weight heparin, for 15 days to treat COVID-19 hypercoagulability.
  • He claimed he was doing well but then “crashed” because they were giving him the “wrong steroid” – 80 mg of dexamethasone for the first four days, instead of methylprednisolone as recommended by FLCCC.
  • He claimed he stopped breathing for 4 times during his hospitalisation on 15 July, after which they switched him to 180 mg of methylprednisolone for the next 4 days, which he said turned things around.
  • Even though he was in the ICU, he claimed he was able to smuggle vitamin C, zinc, sodium bicarbonate, all of which he put into his own drip.
  • So he claimed that he was not saved by the hospital’s intervention, but his own treatments.
  • He also claimed that he was chosen by God to explain everything to other doctors and people how to treat COVID-19.
  • He called the DG Health of Malaysia and his doctors and specialists “stupid”, “assholes” and “royal circus clowns”.
  • He finally recovered and tested negative for COVID-19 on 21 July 2021.

 

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Fact Check : China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine?

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

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

 

Sinovac Vaccine Guidelines By Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center

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

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

Original in Chinese (translated to English)

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

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

北京市防疫中心提示接種科興疫苗的要求 :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

China’s Guidelines For Sinovac Vaccine : The Facts!

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

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

Fact #1 : Beijing Vaccine Prevention Center Does Not Exist

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : The Real Vaccine Guidelines Contradicts Fake List

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

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

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

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Fact #4 : Hong Kong Guidelines Contradict Fake List

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

Allergic reactions may occur after administration of CoronaVac. Recipients of CoronaVac should be kept for observation and monitored for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Persons with a history of allergies should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice before you receive this vaccine.

A second dose of the vaccine should not be given to those who have experienced an allergic reaction to the first dose of CoronaVac.

Fact #5 : Official Sinovac Guidelines Contradict Fake List

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

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

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

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

 

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Fact Check : Can You Get COVID-19 From Sinovac Vaccine?

Can you get COVID-19 from the Sinovac vaccine, or people vaccinated with it?

Find out what the FACTS really are, and SHARE this out!

 

Claim : You Can Get COVID-19 From Sinovac Vaccine

The belief that you can get COVID-19 from the Sinovac vaccine is being propagated by Dr. Kenny Yong, who practises “holistic medicine”.

He went viral recently after claiming to have gained insight on treating COVID-19, after surviving COVID-19 (and meeting God).

In his viral voice message, he claimed that his mother was infected by COVID-19 from the Sinovac vaccine, and she infected his entire family :

My mom go for a vax in Sinovac, and the Sinovac is a heat-killed virus, and I think it came alive. Resurrected, you see, so you end up getting a live vaccine.

Two weeks after the first dose of the Sinovac, my mom get infected, and my whole family get infected.

My whole family didn’t do wrong, but one person going and do vax, and after that, within 2 weeks, the vaccine came alive.

It’s a half-boiled egg, not a full-cooked egg. And the virus came alive!

His views are now being parroted and promoted by antivaxxers on social media. Here is one example :

 

Truth : You Cannot Get COVID-19 From Sinovac Vaccine

The truth is Dr. Kenny Yong is not only mistaken, he has demonstrably lied about the Sinovac vaccine, and here are the FACTS…

Fact #1 : CoronaVac Is An Inactivated Virus Vaccine

The CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac is an inactivated virus vaccine, also known as a killed virus vaccine.

This vaccine is made from real SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been inactivated or “killed”, after being harvested from Vero cells.

Fact #2 : Inactivated Virus Vaccine Cannot Come Alive

Dr. Kenny Yong himself said that the viruses in the Sinovac vaccine were killed, but claims that they were “resurrected”.

Laypersons, like David S R Sr above, could have confused the inactivated virus vaccine with the attenuated live virus vaccine, which uses weakened viruses that are still alive.

But a doctor like Dr. Kenny Yong should know better. Claiming that dead viruses can resurrect themselves is not only false, but professionally negligent.

Read more : CoronaVac Vaccine By Sinovac : Your Questions Answered

Fact #3 : Sinovac Vaccine Is Not Heat-Killed

The Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine is not heat-killed, as alleged by Dr. Kenny Yong.

Rather, the viruses were inactivated or “killed” using beta-Propiolactone (βPropiolactone), a highly-volatile chemical that reacts with the virus RNA and proteins.

The reaction modifies the SARS-CoV-2 viral RNA and proteins, essentially scrambling their brains and stabbing them in their bodies.

This renders the viruses completely DEAD, while maintaining their body structures intact enough for our immune system to recognise.

They are not half-boiled eggs as Dr. Kenny Yong alleges, but viruses that have been “gassed” with a chemical weapon, so to speak.

Read more : Can Inactivated COVID-19 Vaccine Become Virulent?

Fact #4 : Vaccinated People Do Not Shed Viruses

Dr. Kenny Yong claimed that his entire family was infected by his mother, after she was infected by COVID-19 from her Sinovac vaccine. That’s completely false.

Laypersons like David SR Sr above may not understand how vaccines work, but as a doctor, Dr. Yong should know that inactivated vaccines do not replicate.

You won’t get infected by COVID-19 from people who have been vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine, because…

People vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine do NOT shed viruses!

This is not a matter of opinion, it’s a scientific reality.

Fact #5 : CoronaVac Does Not Contain Preservatives

Antivaxxers like David S R Sr like to scare people about preservatives and “unfiltered ingredients” in vaccines.

The truth is the Sinovac CoronaVac vaccine does NOT contain any preservative. That’s why it has to be kept cool at a storage temperature of between 2-8°C!

That is easily confirmed with a simple Google search, so those who tell you this are outright lying to you.

I hope that you now understand that it is physically and medically impossible to get COVID-19 from the Sinovac vaccine, or people vaccinated with this vaccine.

Please do not listen to Dr. Kenny Yong, as he has demonstrably been proven to be peddling falsehoods about COVID-19.

Protect yourself and your family with REAL FACTS, and get vaccinated against COVID-19!

And please share this fact check with your family and friends, so they won’t get fooled by such fake news!

 

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Can Inactivated COVID-19 Vaccine Become Virulent?

Can an inactivated vaccine become virulent and infect you with COVID-19 instead?

Here is what you need to know!

 

Claim : Inactivated COVID-19 Vaccine Can Become Virulent!

Antivaxxers are now pushing the claim that inactivated vaccines from Sinovac and Sinopharm can become virulent, and infect you with COVID-19 instead.

In fact, they are claiming that many people are getting COVID-19 because their inactivated virus vaccine became “alive” and infected them instead!

Some even claim that the Sinovac and Sinopharm inactivated virus vaccines are merely heat-treated, and can easily become alive.

 

Truth : Inactivated COVID-19 Vaccine Cannot Become Virulent!

The truth is an inactivated virus vaccine cannot become alive again (like a zombie) and attack you. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Inactivated Virus Vaccine Cannot Become Virulent

An inactivated virus vaccine is made from viruses that have been killed.

They cannot become alive again and infect you, because they have been… KILLED.

People who claim otherwise have possibly confused the inactivated virus vaccine with the attenuated live virus vaccine.

The attenuated live virus vaccine uses weakened viruses that are still alive.

Fact #2 : Sinovac + Sinopharm Vaccines Are Inactivated By beta-Propiolactone

The two main inactivated COVID-19 vaccines are made by Sinovac and Sinopharm, and they are both inactivated by beta-Propiolactone (βPropiolactone).

Anyone who claims that the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines are inactivated by heat are mistaken or lying.

Fact #3 : beta-Propiolactone Destroys RNA / DNA

beta-Propiolactone reacts with the virus RNA / DNA, as well as its proteins, modifying them and essentially destroying them.

Think of it as scrambling their brains, and stabbing the viruses in their bodies.

SARS-CoV-2 viruses that have been exposed to beta-Propiolactone are “killed” and cannot possibly infect anyone.

The inactivated COVID-19 vaccine uses these dead viruses, with an adjuvant to give it “more kick”, to train your immune system to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

And again, these dead viruses cannot become alive again. Whoever says otherwise is lying.

Now that you understand that inactivated COVID-19 vaccines cannot possibly become virulent, please STOP sharing such fake news.

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KKM Did Not Warn That Vaccine Reduces Immunity?

Did KKM fail to warn people that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces immunity, letting them fall sick or dying?

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

 

Claim : KKM Should Warn That Vaccine Reduces Immunity

This viral message is being shared on WhatsApp, warning that KKM should warn people that the COVID-19 vaccine reduces their body’s immune system for 46 days, putting them at risk of falling sick or dying!

It’s a very long message, so skip to the next section for the facts…

KKM gives No clear guidance to people receiving the vaccines. So, this is very vital info for staying alive after the jab!

All who are vaccinated MUST READ!

To the editors-in-chief of Sin Chew Daily, China Daily and Oriental Daily:

Lately, many who are vaccinated have also contracted Covid-19 and died, among whom are middle-aged and elderly. According to report received, the dead were infected within one and a half months after the vaccination!

I know that when we are vaccinated, our immunity becomes lower than before. Therefore, the chance of contracting Covid-19 is higher. However, most people lack this knowledge. After being vaccinated, they think they don’t need to wear masks, wash hands or disinfect. They would go to the market and walk around. As a result, they fall sick!

 

Truth : COVID-19 Vaccine Does NOT Reduce Immunity!

Like 95% of viral messages on COVID-19 – this is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS based on some facts.

Let me go through the claims and share with you what the FACTS really are. Please share this with your family and friends!

Fact #1 : COVID-19 Vaccine Does NOT Reduce Immunity

Let me be very clear – the COVID-19 vaccine does NOT reduce immunity.

The COVID-19 vaccine is nothing more than a self-defence class for your immune system, teaching it how to fight against the real SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Will learning self-defence in real life make you a weaker person? Of course, not!

The COVID-19 vaccine does not reduce your natural immunity one bit, not even for one day.

As your immune system learns to make antibodies against these antigens, it grows stronger, not weaker, against COVID-19.

Fact #2 : Side Effects Are Signs Of Immune Response

Just like how you sweat and get muscle ache in a self-defence class, you may feel a little sick after your vaccination.

That is not evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine has reduced your body’s immunity. That is your body’s natural reaction when your immune system gets triggered by the vaccine.

The fever that you may get, for example, is a way for your body to boost its immune response. So when you get a fever, your body actually produces a more robust immune response, not weaker.

Fact #3 : Full Immunity Takes Time

It is true that maximum immunity takes time – often two weeks after the second dose is taken (for a 2-dose vaccine).

The second dose is designed to kick the immune system into high gear, basically telling it – “Warning, this is not a one-time attack! COVID-19 can come again!

This not only triggers the immune system to create more antibodies, it also activates your memory cells to “remember” SARS-COV-2 for faster recognition and antibody production in the future.

That is why it is important to complete both doses of a 2-dose vaccine, and continue to practice COVID-19 precautions until your body has enough time to build its defences.

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Fact #4 : It Does Not Take 3 Months To Improve Immunity

Dr. Zhong Nanshan – China’s top respiratory disease physician – never claimed that it will take up to 3 months to build the body’s immunity after COVID-19 vaccination.

On 1 April 2021, he told Hong Kong’s Phoenix TV that COVID-19 vaccines using the inactivated virus technology – like Sinovac and Sinopharm – usually takes 40 days to trigger enough antibodies to prevent infection.

Not only is 40 days not 3 months, his comments were regarding inactivate virus vaccines, not mRNA vaccines like Pfizer or Moderna, or viral vector vaccines like AstraZeneca.

Read more : Dr. Zhong Nanshan : How To Build Immunity Against COVID-19?

Fact #5 : You Can Get Infected After Vaccination

It is true that you can get infected with COVID-19 even after completing your vaccination. However, that is not because COVID-19 vaccines reduce your immunity.

These vaccine breakthrough infections are expected, because vaccines cannot guarantee complete protection.

Even the best COVID-19 vaccines – from Pfizer and Moderna – can only prevent 94%-95% of COVID-19 infections. That means 5% of those who are fully vaccinated using these vaccines could still get infected.

That does not mean vaccines are useless. COVID-19 vaccines are not meant to prevent all infections. They are meant to prevent SEVERE DISEASE and DEATH!

If you get infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, you will likely get a mild disease, or it may even be asymptomatic!

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

Fact #6 : We Must Maintain COVID-19 Precautions After Vaccination

Vaccine breakthrough infections can be greatly reduced once herd immunity is established.

In addition, vaccinated people who get mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 infections can still spread COVID-19 to other people.

So we must CONTINUE to take COVID-19 precautions, even after we are fully vaccinated.

This will help protect both the unvaccinated from getting infected, and the vaccinated from breakthrough infections.

Read more : Delta Variant Can Infect In Sections : How To Prevent That?
Read more : COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough : What You Need To Know!

 

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

Let there be no more doubt – you now have the right to record a video of your own COVID-19 vaccination!

Here is the latest update on vaccine underdose / empty vaccination, and your right to record a video!

 

Why Record Video Of Your COVID-19 Vaccination?

Recently, there has been a spate of complaints about vaccine underdose or even empty vaccinations!

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

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

 

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

On 23 July 2021, National Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced that you are ALLOWED to record a video of your own COVID-19 vaccination.

This is on top of the existing SOP to show you that the syringe contains the correct volume of vaccine, before it is injected.

You have my permission, and also permission from the Health Minister himself, in case there was orders not to allow (you to record a video). Now, vaccine recipients can record a video of their vaccine injections.

Go and film yourselves, and take a video of your vaccination, so you have hard proof, and we also have hard proof, that you received the proper dosage for your vaccination.

 

Don’t Just Record A Video During Your COVID-19 Vaccination

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

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

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

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

  1. Film a video of the vaccination process, taking care to record the injection itself.
  2. After receiving the injection, the doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to confirm that it is empty.
  3. Before leaving the vaccination booth, go through the video to confirm that you received the dose.

If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.

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

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

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

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

 

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China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

China is planning to offer an mRNA vaccine as a booster dose for Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines!

Find out WHY China is switching to an mRNA vaccine!

 

China To Offer mRNA Booster Dose For Sinovac + Sinopharm!

On 15 July 2021, Caixin Global reported that Chinese drug regulators have completed an expert panel review of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine that was co-developed by Fosun Pharma with BioNTech from Germany.

The booster dose is currently in the administration review stage, according to Fosun.

Fosun Pharma Chairman Wu Yifang told a shareholder’s meeting on 14 July 2021 that they plan to start domestic trial production by the end of August 2021.

The Chinese authorities plan to use the vaccine – also called COMIRNATY – as a booster dose because inactivated virus vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm “demonstrated lower efficacy“.

This booster dose is likely to be offered for free to those who received vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm.

China administered more than 1.46 billion vaccine doses by 18 July 2021, the vast majority of which were inactivated virus vaccines made by Sinovac and Sinopharm.

It is unknown what role Fosun Pharma played in the development in this booster dose, as they do not appear to have any expertise in developing mRNA vaccines.

It seems likely that their role is mainly to produce the COMIRNATY vaccine doses, with their “co-developed” status offering political cover to the Chinese government, which has long touted the safety and efficacy of their inactivated virus vaccines.

If China approves this mRNA booster dose, I expect the current Chinese propaganda war against Western vaccine technologies, especially the mRNA vaccine, to quickly die down.

They will now have to work hard to convince the Chinese people that mRNA vaccines are actually safe and effective…

Read more : How Chinese Vaccine Propaganda Hobbles Vaccination Efforts

 

Why China Plans To Offer mRNA Booster Dose

On 24 June 2021, Chinese CDC deputy director Dr. Feng Zijian told the China Central Television that antibodies from two Chinese COVID-19 vaccines are “less effective” against the Delta variant, compared to other strains.

In that interview, he declined to name the two Chinese vaccines, but the Caixin Global report appears to confirm that they are the Sinovac CoronaVac and Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV vaccines.

Sinovac itself appears to be cognisant of this limitation, and have conducting clinical research on a booster dose of their own.

But it appears that the Chinese government is not going to wait, but will instead boost protection against the Delta variant using an mRNA vaccine instead.

The BioNTech mRNA vaccine booster dose is also using the Pfizer COMIRNATY brand, so it seems likely that this booster dose is either :

  • using the existing COMIRNATY vaccine, or
  • the new vaccine version Pfizer and BioNTech are developing against the Delta variant

It seems more likely that the booster dose uses the existing COMIRNATY vaccine, because Pfizer and BioNTech are only launching clinical trials for the new vaccine version in August 2021.

Read more : Two Chinese Vaccines Less Effective Against Delta Variant

 

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