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Did 20 Year-Old Derek Gray Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did 20 Year-Old Derek Gray Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did 20 year-old basketball rising star, Derek Gray, die from vaccine-induced Sudden Adult Death Syndrome?!

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

 

Claim : Derek Gray Died From Vaccine-Induced SADS!

Right after news broke that 20 year-old basketball rising star Derek Gray collapsed during a game and died, people started claiming that his death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

20 yo Derek Gray DEAD. When he dropped dead on the court, it ‘looked like a seizure’–(EXACTLY like SO many others who have a reaction to the jab!😡) 90% of UW athletes ARE VACCINATED.
#clotshot #suddendeath #SADS #Saveourchildren #StoptheShots !!!😡😡😡

Another dead young man , and another coverup soon to follow. They will never admit this is a result of being vaccinated with the Covid shot? College Basketball Star Derek Gray Dead at 20

We Need to talk about why this is happening.
Parents need to speak out about #VaccineDeaths
#VaccineInjured #VaccineSideEffects #vaccineinjuries #Vaccines #Pfizer #Moderna
College Basketball Star Derek Gray Dead at 20

Read more : Did NBA Star Caleb Swanigan Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

 

No Evidence Derek Gray Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It’s becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all athlete deaths or injuries on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why… and the current facts that we know so far.

Fact #1 : Derek Gray’s Cause Of Death Is Currently Unknown

Derek Gray collapsed during a game at a basketball camp for kids on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus on July 24, 2022.

His coach, Pat Miller, witnessed his collapse and described it as “a cardiac episode”, although an official cause of death hasn’t been released.

He said that “extensive emergency efforts were made in the gym”, and Derek Gray was transported to MercyHealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, where he passed away.

His death was later confirmed by his team’s official Twitter account – Warhawks Athletics on July 27, 2022.

Warhawk Nation mourns the loss of Derek Gray, a student-athlete on the Warhawk men’s basketball team, who passed away unexpectedly on July 24th, 2022, playing the game he loved.

You will note that they did not mention any cause of death. Derek Gray’s cause of death is currently unknown.

That does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury” or “vaccine side effects”. It means – no one knows why Derek Gray died suddenly, while playing basketball.

Until an autopsy is performed and his family reveals his cause of death, anyone who claims that Derek Gray died of this cause or that cause is lying to you.

Read more : Did NHL Player Bryan Marchment Die From Vaccine SADS?

Fact #2 : Unknown If Derek Gray Was Vaccinated

It is currently unknown if Derek Gray was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

Some anti-vaccination activists are sharing screenshots of an article that shows that “About 90% of University of Wisconsin athletes are vaccinated against COVID-19“. This is misinformation, as the article referred to the UW Madison campus, not its Whitewater campus.

UW-Madison did report 90% vaccination rate amongst its athletes in September 2021, but UW-Whitewater only reported a much lower 77% vaccination rate amongst its students in November 2021.

In addition, the University of Wisconsin does not mandate vaccinations for its athletes, so Derek Gray could possibly be unvaccinated.

Fact #3 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Even if Derek Gray was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses many months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Read more : Did Pfizer Try To Hide 158K Vax Adverse Events For 75 Years?

Fact #4 : Many Athletes Die Unexpectedly Every Year

What many of us do not realise is that many athletes die unexpectedly every year, and the number has been steadily increasing every year.

This chart from the Maron study shows a progressive rise in sudden death reports of 6% per year, from 1980 to 2006.

In fact, the number of sudden deaths in young and fit athletes more than quadrupled from 1980 to 2006!

This debunks the claim that such a rise in sudden death must be due to the COVID-19 vaccine, which obviously did not exist back then.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #5 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #7 : Claims Of Athletes Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing athlete deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of athlete deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next athlete tragedy…

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ViewSonic Launches New Corporate + Education Solutions!

ViewSonic just launched new solutions for the corporate and education segments!

Here’s a quick look at the new ViewSonic LED projectors, and the ViewSonic Studio!

 

ViewSonic Launches New Corporate + Education Solutions!

Thanks for the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those working in the corporate and education industry are looking for a hybrid approach to combine in-person and online meetings and education.

Capitalising on the increased demand in those market segments, ViewSonic is introducing two new 3rd Generation LED projectors, as well as their Hybrid Ecosystem ViewBoard Interactive Display.

3rd Gen ViewSonic LED Projectors

ViewSonic is offering two new 3rd Generation LED projectors – the LS500WHE and the LS550WHE, both offering a maximum brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, as well as greater energy efficiency, and a longer lifespan.

The ViewSonic LS500WHE delivers 125% Rec.709 colour gamut, with 50% lower power consumption, and an LED light source that does not require replacements (thanks to its 30,000 hour lifespan), and is mercury-free.

Its optical engine is sealed against dust, with an IP5X rating, ensuring optimal image quality regardless of the environment. And the LS500WHE offers a 360-degree tilt angle projection to support floor and ceiling projections.

The ViewSonic LS550WHE is a short-throw version that offers all of the LS500WHE’s capabilities, with a 0.49 short throw lens, together with horizontal and vertical keystone correction, as well as 4-corner adjustments to eliminate crooked or distorted images.

ViewSonic LS500WHE (left) and LS550WHE (right)

ViewSonic Studio For Education Tech Solutions

ViewSonic also launched the first ViewSonic studio in Malaysia, which offers educators and policy makers access to their latest edtech solutions, like the ViewBoard Interactive Display, and the myViewBoard visual learning software suite.

The ViewBoard interactive display has made significant inroads in the Malaysian education system, taking up 43.5% of the market share up to Q1 2022.

ViewSonic hopes to expand on this through their myViewBoard software suite, which would allow for Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies (SCALE-UP).

The integration of the ViewBoard interactive display, with their myViewBoard software suite will allow classrooms to adopt group work, with better engagement through enriched content and an immersive learning system.

 

ViewSonic Corporate + Education Solutions : Price + Availability

The new ViewSonic corporate and education solutions are available with immediate effect.

Here are the launch prices for the 3rd Generation ViewSonic LED projectors :

  • LS500WHE : RM3,599 (about US$815 | £672 | A$1,187 | S$1,137)
  • LS550WHE : RM3,999 (about US$905 | £747 | A$1,319 | S$1,263)

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Mandatory Penis Inspection In School Was Just A Prank!

The viral letter about mandatory penis inspection in a Bandar Kinrara school was a student’s prank!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Mandatory Penis Inspection In School? What’s Going On?!

A letter that purportedly showed the Malaysia Ministry of Education calling for mandatory penis inspection at SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara went viral on social media.

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS OF
SMK SEKSYEN 4 BANDAR KINRARA:
MANDATORY PENIS INSPECTION

To all male students of SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara:

The Ministry of Education requires us to conduct mandatory penis inspections on all male students at SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara in accordance with Health Code 6,9. This year’s penis inspection will take place on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 during Assembly. All circumcised males should report to the Bilik Disiplin (280), and all uncircumcised males should report to the Bilik Media (273). There will be on ONE makeup date on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 8:00 AM. If you are unable lo attend either inspection dale, a district official can arrange to meet with you on your own time (call 03-8075 xxxx to arrange an appointment

NOTE: All male students MUST attend an inspection, or they WALL NOT Receive their 2020 SPM SLIPI

A traditional UK “Pass-or-Fail” method will be used in the inspection. Please ensure that all penises are clean and orderly, as there will be no special circumstances. Note that SPM SLIP 2020 will not be issued by the Ministry of Education to any individual with an erection.

If you have any questions about the inspection, contact Puan Sri Lan Lan, Ministry of Education appointment Genital Commission official.

 

Mandatory Penis Inspection In School Was Just A Prank!

SMK Seksyen 4 Bandar Kinrara administrative senior assistant Muhammad Asri Heman clarified that the viral letter on penis inspection was merely a “prank” by one of their students.

He said that neither the school or the education ministry had conduction any penis inspection, and that the student was suspended and “action had been taken against him“.

Asri said that the student posted the letter on his social media page, after there were initial concerns by Form 5 students that someone may be checking their private parts in the toilets.

Despite the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) logo, it seems obvious that this was meant to be satire, with over-the-top details, including an admonishment about erections.

All things considered – it was a pretty funny piece. This kid has a future in writing. I just hope he doesn’t misuse it to create fake news in the future.

 

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FDA Experts Recommend Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids!

The FDA advisory panel just recommended the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 6-17 year old kids!

Here is what you need to know…

 

FDA Experts Recommend Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids!

On 14 June 2022, the FDA advisory panel unanimously voted to recommend the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for kids who are 6 to 17 years old.

With this unanimous endorsement, the US FDA is expected to authorise the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for 6-17 year old kids later this week.

Moderna had requested FDA approval for their vaccine to be used in teenagers 12-17 last year, in June 2021.

However, that decision was delayed as international data indicated that the Moderna vaccine may carry a higher risk of myocarditis than Pfizer’s vaccine.

That changed when US surveillance data through May 2022 did not show that the Moderna vaccine had a significantly higher risk of myocarditis than the Pfizer vaccine, in men aged 18 to 25.

Recommended : Vaccine myocarditis risk found to be less than 1 in million!

 

Moderna Vaccine For 6-17 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

Dose Differences

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for the 6-17 age group is the same as the vaccine approved for adults in December 2020.

Teenagers 12 to 17 in age will receive the same 100 microgram dose as adults.

Younger children 6 to 11 in age will receive half the dose – just 50 micrograms.

Two Doses For Now

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be provided as a two-dose vaccine, with a third dose potentially approved to protect against mild disease.

Read more : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

Efficacy

The Moderna clinical trials showed that :

  • 12-17 year-old teenagers : 90% protection against infection from the Alpha variant and ancestral virus.
  • 6-11 year-old children : 76% protection against infection from the Delta variant.

However, these clinical trials were conducted before the Omicron variant became dominant, so it is unknown how effective they would be against this far more contagious variant.

Even so, the two doses are expected to provide excellent protection against severe disease and death.

Side Effects

The most common side effects were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and nausea.

No cases of myocarditis were found during Moderna’s clinical trials of the 6-17 age group.

 

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Malaysia Abolishes PT3 Exams For Form 3 Students!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just abolished the PT3 examinations for Form 3 students!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia Abolishes PT3 Exams For Form 3 Students!

On 2 June 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Education Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that the PT3 (Form Three Assessment) examinations will be abolished for good.

The PT3 examinations were introduced in 2014 to replace the Lower Secondary Evaluation (PMR) exams, which were implemented between 1993 and 2013.

The PT3 exams had already been cancelled for two years – 2020 and 2021 – during the COVID-19 pandemic. With this decision, the PT3 exams will no longer be conducted from this year onwards.

The PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) was introduced in 1993, and PT3 in 2014. The PT3 exams were not carried out in 2020 and last year.

Many wondered what will happen with PT3 exams this year. We have decided to abolish it starting this year.

 

What Will Form 3 Students Undergo Without PT3 Exams?

Instead of a standardised test for Form 3 students, the Ministry of Education (MoE) will implement a summative assessment, and work on improving school- and class-based assessments.

The ministry will work on strengthening other forms of assessment.

These checkups are not meant to be high-stake examinations as we want to build our students without pressuring them.

These assessments will be used to help determine the best streams for these students in Form 4, by revealing their strengths and weaknesses.

Compared to PT3, which was held when students are already set to move on to the next academic stage, our new approach will allow us to immediately identify problems faced by students and how they can be guided.

The Ministry of Education will provide teachers with a question bank with assessment questions for all subjects for Form 1, 2 and 3 students, as well as basic subjects of Bahasa Malaysia, English, mathematics, science and history for Form 4, 5 and 6 students.

Schools will be allowed to set their own time frames for assessments, based on a time frame provided by the ministry.

Please note that while the PT3 examinations have been abolished, the Specific Schools Admission Assessment will continue to be implemented for students who are interested in further their education at boarding schools.

 

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Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Must Know!

Here is what you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids!

 

Pfizer Booster Dose For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

On 17 May 2022, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as a booster dose for 5-11 year-old kids.

This Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for kids is different from the COVID-19 booster dose for older children and adults in many ways, so let me summarise the key differences…

Lower Paediatric Dose

The dose of the Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is only 10 micrograms (mcg). This is 1/3 of the dose used for adults and adolescents.

5-Month Dose Interval

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is meant to be administered at least 5 months after the primary series is administered.

It does not mean your child must receive the booster dose exactly five months after completing the primary series. It just means the earliest your child should receive the booster dose is five months after receiving the primary series vaccine doses.

4th Dose For Some

For most children – the primary series consists of two doses, so the booster dose will be their third dose.

However, certain children are given three doses as their primary series vaccination :

  • who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or
  • who have been diagnosed with conditions that have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

For these children, the booster dose will be their fourth dose of the vaccine.

10-Dose Vial

The booster dose for 5-11 years old kids uses the same Pfizer paediatric vaccine used in their primary series vaccination.

It is supplied in a 10-dose vial, with an orange cap and a label with an orange border, to differentiate from the higher-dose vaccine used for adults and adolescents.

Must Be Diluted Before Use

The content of the vial must be diluted with 1.3 ml of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride, to derive 10 doses of 0.2 ml in volume.

Healthcare workers must be aware of this dilution requirement, as the newer Pfizer vaccine with a gray cap (for individuals 12 years and older) no longer requires dilution.

Smaller Intramuscular Injection

The Pfizer booster dose for 5-11 year old kids is given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection. This is a smaller volume than the adult booster dose – 0.3 ml.

So parents should be aware that the paediatric booster dose has a lower volume, when observing their children’s vaccinations.

More Stable Formulation

The Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine, which is used for the booster dose, has an improved formulation that is more stable. For those who want to know what changed, Pfizer :

  • replaced the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with a Tris buffer
  • removed sodium chloride and potassium chloride from the buffer formulation

This improved formulation allows the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 10 weeks, instead of just 4 weeks.

In addition, it will last longer – 12 hours, instead of just 2 hours – at room temperature (up to 25°C / 77°F), after being thawed.

Read more : Did Pfizer add heart attack drug to COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

9 Month Expiry Date

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has a 9-month expiry date, from the printed manufacturing date.

Printed
Manufacturing
Date
9-Month
Expiry Date
09/2021 31 May 2022
10/2021 30 June 2022
11/2021 31 July 2022
12/2021 31 August 2022
01/2022 30 September 2022
02/2022 31 October 2022
03/2022 30 November 2022
04/2022 31 December 2022
05/2022 31 January 2023

Mild Side Effects

The US FDA authorised the booster dose based on safety data from approximately 400 children who received the booster dose 5-9 months after completing their two-dose primary series.

They noted that the commonly reported side effects were pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as fatigue, headache, muscle or joint pain and chills and fever.

This should be no different from the original safety data, which showed that the lower dose produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted. They were mostly :

  • pain at injection site : 71-74%
  • headache : 54-61%
  • fatigue : 60-66%
  • muscle pain : 27-41%
  • chills : 25-40%
  • joint pain : 13-22%
  • fever : 7-17%

Side note : It is interesting to note that even the placebo causes common symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle pain. This shows just how important it is to conduct a randomised controlled trial.

Safer Than Adult Dose

The much lower dose appears to ameliorate, if not eliminate, the risk of myocarditis / pericarditis that was highest in adolescents and young adults.

There were no cases of pericarditis or myocarditis in the initial Pfizer study that involved over 2,260 children, through approximately 3 months of follow-up after Dose 2.

After 8.7 million doses were administered in the US (up to 19 December 2021), the US CDC noted that :

  • VAERS received 4,249 adverse event reports (0.049% of doses)
  • 4,149 (97.6%) of those adverse events were not serious
  • Of the remaining 100 serious adverse events, 29 were fever, 21 were vomiting, and 15 were increased troponin.
  • Only 11 verified cases of myocarditis were identified – 7 recovered completely, and 4 were recovering at the time of the report.

Based on those results, the risk of myocarditis was 1 in 791,000 doses – much lower than the risk of myocarditis in young adults (1 in 50,000).

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Paediatric Dose)
2.5 -87%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting the Pfizer vaccine.

 

Pfizer Booster Dose : Should Your 5-11 Yo Kids Get It?

While the US FDA did not reveal how much of a boost in antibody the Pfizer booster dose will give your 5-11 year old children, there is a definite boost in antibody level.

That said, antibody levels are not an accurate assessment of an individual’s immunity against COVID-19.

Studies have shown that additional vaccine doses induces the memory B cell and T cell responses to an actual COVID-19 infection.

While that may not prevent infection, especially by the highly-infectious Omicron variants, the improved B cell and T cell responses will greatly reduce the severity of any COVID-19 infection.

Therefore, I would definitely recommend giving your kids the Pfizer booster dose, if it is made available to them.

 

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

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children Infected With COVID-19

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

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

Children Turning 5 After 31 May 2022

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV?!

Was a CNN reporter caught lying on live TV about what a Chinese man really said?

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

 

Claim : CNN Reporter Caught Faking Chinese Translation On TV!

A video clip showing a CNN reporter lying about what a Chinese man said on live TV is going viral again, together with this message :

All he said was, “I just finished dinner with friends and want to catch up on my texts.”
If you know Mandarin, you can see how CNN can make up their news.
I can’t believe CNN will go this low. 😤🤮

It originally went viral in February 2021, but is going viral again in May 2022 during the COVID-19 lockdown of Shanghai.

In the video, the CNN reporter is seen asking a Chinese man why he’s drinking by himself.

The man replied (in Chinese) that he just had dinner with friends and was now just taking a look at his phone.

However, the CNN reporter told the CNN anchor a completely different story,

“Jesus, you can see by the look on his face. This man told me that his family had been taken away, that his brother’s sick, and he can’t get out.”

“And the only thing that’s left to do is drink. And really, I can’t blame him. Poor guy.”

 

CNN Reporter Was Not Faking Chinese Translation Because…

… the truth is this video was edited, and is being used as Chinese propaganda.

In this video, we will show you why this video is NOT real, and is just another piece of Chinese propaganda.

The viral video clip is really a 29 second segment of a much longer video that runs 4 minutes and 19 seconds.

The original video was created by a UK student living in China, who calls himself Comerad James.

He stated clearly in his original video that he wanted to show how easy it was to make fake news.

Anyone watching his video can see that it was intentionally satirical, with the title CNN Global Bullcast, and his nickname there – Comerad James.

You can even see that both the CNN anchor and the CNN reporter are the same person – Comerad James himself.

And note that he even put in all sorts of Easter eggs – GME (GameStop) share price rising 9999%, and chyrons about public alcoholism spiralling out of control because Chinese citizens are giving up hope.

Comerad James created this video to satirise the “lack of integrity” of CNN and BBC in covering news on China.

Ironically, his video ended up being edited and used by Chinese propagandists to malign CNN’s integrity. So much for “integrity”.

The truth is major news organisations like CNN have fact-checkers and native speakers. Such a broadcast would have been caught very quickly, and they would have apologised for it.

If they didn’t, news of this would spread like wildfire and CNN would have been justifiably castigated online. Not just by Chinese citizens and Sinophiles, but also by other media outlets and the public in general.

On the other hand, Chinese propaganda outlets masquerading as news agencies like CGTN have never apologised or corrected themselves, even after they were caught lying.

Heck, the Chinese Foreign Ministry itself lied publicly to back up CGTN’s false claims.

When you see such videos, THINK TWICE before forwarding them. You could be helping to propagate Chinese fake news / propaganda.

Always be wary about fake videos and fake news created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛).

 

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COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!

Malaysia will offer the COVID-19 booster dose to high-risk adolescents!

Here is what you need to know…

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose Offered To High-Risk Adolescents!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that high-risk adolescents will be offered the COVID-19 booster dose.

The COVID-19 booster dose will be made available to individuals 12 to 17 years old, who are moderately or severely immunocompromised :

  • Cancer patients
  • Organ transplant patients who undergo immunosuppressive therapy
  • Long-term haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis patients
  • Other conditions or illnesses that are categorised as moderate or severe immunocompromised

The COVID-19 booster dose that will be used is the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine, and it will be given at least 28 days after the second dose of the primary series vaccine.

This booster dose is optional, and is not compulsory. Your children’s vaccination status will not change, whether they take the booster dose or not.

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

 

Why COVID-19 Booster Dose For High-Risk Adolescents?

While this booster dose is completely optional, I would highly recommend that those who qualify should take it.

Vaccines have reduced efficacy in immunocompromised individuals, because their immune system is less able to react to the antigens presented by the vaccine.

Therefore, immunocompromised individuals generally require an additional dose, just to obtain the same protection as people with normal immunity.

Immunocompromised adolescents would definitely have lower protection from the primary series COVID-19 vaccination, and should take this booster dose.

 

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

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

The Malaysia Minister of Education just announced that ALL primary school students will be able to attend school without rotation starting April 17!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Earlier : Some Primary School Students Undergo Rotation

When the new 2022-2023 school term began in Malaysia, roughly half of primary school students were only allowed to attend school on a rotation basis.

Standard 1, Standard 2 and Standard 6 students in primary schools with enrolment of more than 600 students, were allowed to attend school, without rotation.

But Standard 3, Standard 4 and Standard 5 students in those larger primary schools were only allowed to attend classes in rotation – one week on, one week off.

 

No More Rotation For Primary School Students From April 17!

On 8 April 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Education Dr. Radzi Jidin announced that all primary school students will be allowed to attend school without rotation :

  • Group A states (Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu) : April 17 onwards
  • Group B states (Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya) : April 18 onwards

Pupils who were attending school on a rotational basis now can return (in full).

The most important thing is everyone’s adherence to the standard operating procedures. Even though we are transitioning to the endemic phase, it is still important to follow the SOPs.

I ask parents to always remind their children that they should make sure they adhere to the SOPs.

 

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Fact Check : Gandhi vs. Professor Peters On Wisdom + Money

Take a look at the viral confrontation between Mahatma Gandhi and Professor Peters, and find out what really happened!

 

Viral Confrontation Between Gandhi And Professor Peters

This viral confrontation between Mahatma Gandhi and Professor Peters have gone viral for many years.

It’s very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts…

Funny side of Mahatma Gandhi . 😃

When Mahatma Gandhi was studying law at the University College, London, a white professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely.

One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room when Gandhi came along with his tray & sat next to the professor.

The professor said, “Mr Gandhi , you do not understand, a pig & a bird do not sit together to eat.”

 

Truth : Gandhi And Professor Peters Confrontation Did NOT Happen

As hilarious as the viral confrontation between Mahatma Gandhi and Professor Peters is, it never happened, and here are there reasons why…

Fact #1 : There Is No Record Of Such A Confrontation

Gandhi’s authoritative autobiography – The Story Of My Experiments With Truth, did not mention ANY confrontation with ANY of his lecturers.

He certainly did not mention any professor called Mr. Peters in his autobiography. Neither do the many biographies written about Gandhi.

If Gandhi himself did not mention this confrontation, and there is ZERO RECORD of such a confrontation, how did the writer know of this amazing story? Was he/she there over 130 years ago when it allegedly happened?

Fact #2 : There Is No Record Of Professor Peters

Mahatma Gandhi arrived in England to study at the University College London (UCL) in late October, 1888.

There is no record of a Professor Peters teaching law at the University College of London.

Swapnajit Mitra contacted UCL about this urban legend, and found out that there is no record of a Professor Peters back then.

Fact #3 : Those Are Pictures Of Gandhi With Lord Mountbatten

This viral story is sometimes shared with pictures of Gandhi sitting down with a white man, suggesting that he made up with Professor Peters.

The man in those pictures is actually Lord Louis Mountbatten – the last Viceroy of India.

They were taken in 1947, during their discussions about India’s transition from British rule to independence.

Fact #4 : Gandhi Likely Did Not Study Long At UCL

Paul Ayris, CEO of UCL Press and Chief Library Officer of UCL History, helped Swapnajit Mitra look into Gandhi’s history at UCL and found “very little evidence” remained :

  • His student record card: This records his name as “Mahatma Karamchand GANDHI,” later amended to “Mohandas.” Since Rabindranath Tagore called Gandhi “Mahatma” only in 1915, evidently, this card was not written at the time Gandhi was acutally in London. To seal this argument, two addresses are given on the card, for 1927 and 1939, well after Gandhi left London.
  • Two entries in the Professors’ Fees Book for 1888-1889: Here Gandhi is listed under Henry Morley for classes in English.
  • An entry in the calendar for 1889-90 (which lists the students for the previous year): This gives his name as “Gaudhi.”

Andrew Lewis pointed out in the Summer 2002 UCL Laws Newsletter that Gandhi’s name does not appear in any surviving class registers, and that the study of law at the university in the 1880s did little to advance a professional legal career in England.

Lewis concluded that Gandhi could well have arrived with the intention of studying for his degree at UCL, but left to study for the Bar at Gray’s Inn, (a place where prospective law practitioners used to go at that time) presumably once he realised this was where he needed to be in order to qualify.

Fact #5 : Gandhi Was Shy And Tongue-Tied

Despite being a great orator later in his life, Gandhi was shy and tongue-tied while studying in England.

In his autobiography, Gandhi stated that he “always felt tongue-tied” and “the presence of half a dozen of more people would strike [him] dumb.

He also stated that he retained “this shyness” throughout his entire stay in England.

A lecturer, Dr. Oldfield, once asked him, “You talk to me quite all right, but why is it that you never open your lips at a committee meeting?” even though he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Vegetarian Society.

Once, Gandhi was asked to speak on the merits of vegetarianism, and despite preparing a speech in writing, he could not even read it. In the end, someone else had to read the speech he wrote.

I had not the courage to speak and I therefore decided to set down my thoughts in writing. I went to the meeting with the document in my pocket.

So far as I recollect, I did not find myself equal to reading it, and the President had it read by someone else.

It is incredulous that someone as shy as Gandhi was at that time, would be capable of such brilliant repartee and sarcasm.

This is ultimately just an inspirational but FAKE STORY misappropriating a dead famous person’s name to make it go viral, while ensuring he is not around to dispute it.

It is good for a chuckle or two, but always with the understanding that this incident never happened, and is a complete lie.

Please help us FIGHT FAKE NEWS, by sharing this fact check out, so other people won’t be fooled by it!

 

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Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

The lower dose Moderna paediatric COVID-19 vaccine was just proven to be safe and effective for kids 6 months to under 6 years of age!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Safe + Works For Kids Under 6!

On 23 March 2022, Moderna announced the interim results of the Phase 2/3 KidCOVE study, which looked at the safety and efficacy of their paediatric vaccine in children 6 months to under 6 years of age.

The interim results showed that their lower-dose paediatric vaccine delivered a “robust neutralising antibody response” with a “favourable safety profile”.

Based on these interim results, Moderna will ask regulators like the US FDA and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to authorise this lower-dose paediatric vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

 

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Under 6 : The Interim Results

The KidCOVE trial is a randomized, observer-blind, placebo-controlled study (RCT) designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the lower-dose Moderna vaccine for use by kids 6 months to under 6 years in age.

The study involved approximately 11,700 children in the US and Canada, of which two groups received the vaccine :

  • 2 to under 6 years in age : 4,200 kids
  • 6 months to under 2 years in age : 2,500 kids

The paediatric Moderna vaccine comprised of two doses of 25 μg (micrograms), which is a quarter of the adult dose (100 μg), and half the dose for 6-11 year old children (50 μg).

The KidCOVE study (NCT04796896) was conducted in collaboration with the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

Safety + Side Effects

  • Majority of adverse events* were mild or moderate
  • Adverse events were more frequently reported after Dose 2
  • Fever greater than 38°C was seen in 17% of the under-2 group, and 14.6% in the older group
  • The study was not paused for any safety issues.
  • No new safety concerns were identified.
  • No deaths, myocarditis / pericarditis, or multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) were reported

* Adverse events are not necessarily side effects of the vaccine.

Efficacy

The Omicron variant predominated during the KidCOVE study, and its ability to escape vaccine protection was confirmed.

The Moderna vaccine efficacy (against symptomatic infection) was reduced against Omicron, which is consistent with what was seen with the adult vaccine.

However, the vaccine was shown to protect against severe disease, hospitalisation and death./

  • Two 25 μg doses provided similar immunogenicity to two adult doses of 100 μg.
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (under 2) : 43.7%
  • Efficacy vs symptomatic infection by Omicron (2 to under 6) : 37.5%
  • Majority of Omicron cases were mild.
  • No child in both vaccine groups developed severe COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups were hospitalised for COVID-19.
  • No child in both vaccine groups died from COVID-19.

Moderna will continue to monitor all participants for 12 months after their second injection to assess long-term protection and safety.

 

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2022-2023 Malaysia School Term : What You Need To Know!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced important details for the 2022-2023 school term!

Here is what you need to know! Please SHARE this out!

 

2022-2023 Malaysia School Term : What You Need To Know!

As I shared earlier and you already know by now, the 2022-2023 Malaysia school term will begin on 21 March 2022.

However, the details of how the 2022-2023 school term in Malaysia will be implemented was not revealed until today – 5 March 2022.

While not mandatory, the Ministry of Education (KPM) recommends that all other educational institutes not registered with KPM adopt these measures as well.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

Primary Schools with Enrolment > 600 Students

These students can attend face-to-face classes without rotation :

  • Special needs students (MBK) in National Special Education Schools (SKPK) and Integrated Special Education Program (PPKI)
  • Preschool students
  • Standard 1, Standard 2 and Standard 6 students
  • Students under the Food Supplementation Plan (RMT)

These students must attend face-to-face classes with rotation :

  • Standard 3, Standard 4 and Standard 5 students

These rules also apply to private schools, including expatriate schools and international schools.

Private schools, expatriate schools and international schools that wish to operate face-to-face classes without rotation can apply to the Ministry of Education.

Primary Schools with Enrolment < 600 Students

All students in these smaller schools can attend face-to-face classes without rotation.

This includes private schools, as well as expatriate schools and international schools.

Secondary Schools

All secondary school students must attend online classes (PdPR) for two (2) weeks, starting 21 March 2022.

All secondary school students will attend face-to-face classeswithout rotation, only on 4 April 2022.

These rules also apply to private schools, including expatriate schools and international schools.

Full Boarding Schools

These students in full boarding schools will attend online classes (PdPR) for 2 weeks on 21 March 2022, and only start face-to-face classes without rotation on 4 April 2022.

  • Form 2, Form 3, Form 4, Form 5 and Form 6 students
  • Pre-University students
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) students
  • Students studying for equivalent International examinations

Form 1 students in full boarding schools will be registered online, and the students can choose to either study online (PdPR), or attend the nearest day school until the boarding school announces when they can join.

However, full boarding schools that have the capacity to handle all of their students may include the new batch of Form 1 students.

Vocational / Matriculation / Teachers College

Vocational College students sitting for the SIjil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) or Diploma Vocational Malaysia (DVM) can attend face-to-face classes without rotation.

Vocational College students may return home for the mid-semester and public holidays, and return to college in stages. Some students will continue face-to-face classes, while those at home will attend online classes (PdPR).

Only Vocational College students who are fully-vaccinated with two (2) doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are allowed to return to college.

All educational programmes at Teacher Education Institutes (IPG) will be conducted face-to-face.

 

2022-2023 Malaysia School Term : Uniform, Attendance, Testing

Here are the uniform, attendance and testing requirements for the 2022-2023 school term in Malaysia.

School Uniforms

Students are encouraged to wear their school uniforms. However, they are allowed to wear suitable clothes if their school uniforms no longer fit.

School Attendance

Parents or guardians can choose not to send their children to school, and it won’t be considered as a disciplinary offence. However, parents / guardians must inform the school of their decision, for the record.

COVID-19 Testing

10% of primary school students will undergo self-administered COVID-19 screening tests at home, under the guidance of their parents / guardians.

The schools will identify students that need to undergo the COVID-19 screening tests, and provide the self-test kit, as well as the test confirmation slip to the student to bring home.

The results of the self-administered COVID-19 screening test must be reported to the school.

 

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PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!

COVID-19 vaccination for kids under the PICKids programme will now be easier, with walk-in and booking options!

 

PICKids COVID-19 Vaccination Open For Walk-In / Booking!

As of 23 February 2022, only about 18.6% of eligible children 5 to 11 years in age have received their COVID-19 vaccination.

The states with the highest child vaccination rates are Sarawak (34.7%), Melaka (31.6%), Penang (25.7%) and Perak (24.4%).

The states with the lowest child vaccination rates are Kelantan (6.1%), Terengganu (7.5%) and Sabah (8.9%).

To make it easier for parents to vaccinate their children against COVID-19, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced two measures :

Walk-In Vaccination @ Selected PICKids PPVs

From 1 March 2022 onwards, parents will be able to bring their children for COVID-19 vaccination at selected PICKids PPVs.

This will allow parents to vaccinate their children at their own convenience during the school holidays.

The list of PICKids PPVs that will allow walk-in vaccination will be determined and announced by each state’s health department.

Appointment Booking Via MySejahtera

Parents in the Klang Valley had earlier been able to book PICKids vaccination appointments through MySejahtera.

That PICKids appointment booking system in MySejahtera has now been activated nationwide, for vaccination appointments starting 7 March 2022.

Here is the official PICKids video guide by the Malaysia Ministry of Health. Click here for our step-by-step guide.

Read more : How To Select PICKids PPV To Vaccinate Your Children!

 

Can You Trust PICKids Vaccination For Kids?

You may be wondering whether you should actually sign up your kids for the PICKids COVID-19 vaccination programme. After all, social media is rife with scary stories about vaccine side effects.

The truth is – all approved COVID-19 vaccines have not only been proven to be safe and effective in massive clinical trials, they have also been proven to be safe and effective after BILLIONS of doses were administered.

And why not? Vaccines are nothing more than self-defence classes for our immune system.

All they do is teach your children’s own immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it so that they have a better chance of defending themselves against a real COVID-19 infection.

Over 8 million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids have also been successfully and safely administered in the United States. So yes, it is SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

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

People may tell you that kids do not get COVID-19, or they suffer only mild symptoms. That’s not really true.

In Malaysia, 579,624 children (less than 18 years old) were infected with COVID-19 in the last two years!

  • 269,773 (46.5%) of them were children 5 to 11 years in age.
  • 144 children (less than 18 years old) died from COVID-19.
  • 31 children 5 to 11 years in age died from COVID-19.

On top of that, children infected with COVID-19 are at risk of developing serious complications like Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) or long COVID.

So don’t believe naysayers when they tell you that your child will be safe from COVID-19. Not only have children died from COVID-19, others had to be hospitalised, and/or suffer from long COVID symptoms long after they recover.

Please remember – it’s YOUR CHILD, not theirs, that they are putting at risk with such misinformation.

Protect your children. Vaccinate them against COVID-19 through the PICKids programme!

 

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Why You Should Buy The Galaxy Tab A8 For Your Family!

You may not be aware, but the new Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is specially designed for families!

Find out why the new Galaxy Tab A8 tablet is such a great option for your family!

 

Why You Should Buy The Galaxy Tab A8 For Your Family!

Many people are not aware but Samsung created the Galaxy Tab A8 specifically for families, and here’s why it’s a great tablet for families.

Large Full HD+ Display

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 has a large 10.5-inch display, with a Full HD+ resolution that is great for both education and entertainment.

The large display not only gives you a more immersive viewing experience, its multi-window support allows you to split the screen in half to do two things at the same time!

You can adjust the window focus with a simple drag and drop, share content between apps, and even drag and drop a notification!

Sleek + Light

Despite the large display size, the Galaxy Tab A8 is a thin and lightweight tablet with a sleek 6.9 mm metal body that only weighs 508 grams.

This is an important consideration for families, as heavy tablets are not only unwieldy for younger children, they increase the risk of drops and other expensive accidents.

Powerful + Long-Lasting

Tablets for family use do not need extreme performance. They just need decent performance and a long battery life.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is built around an 8-core processor, with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded through a dedicate microSD card slot.

What will impress your family the most is its massive 7,040 mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charging! Not only will it last many hours of non-stop use, it will recharge faster than usual.

Screen Recorder

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 comes with a built-in Screen Recorder feature that lets you easily record any online class, for revision later.

They can also mark and annotate directly on the recording, and take notes during the online class.

Samsung Kids

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 also comes with Samsung Kids built-in, allowing you to restrict younger children to a completely safe environment to explore and learn.

The improved Parental control lets you set limits on playtime, give selective access to apps, and see your children’s activities at a glance.

Quad Speakers + Dolby Atmos

Most tablets at this price point only comes with dual speakers, but believe it or not, this highly-affordable tablet comes with four speakers!

Its quad speaker system also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound, for exceptional audio clarity and depth!

Samsung Knox Security

Even at this price point, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is protected on the hardware level by Samsung Knox.

Samsung Knox is a multi-layered security system that constantly inspects the tablet’s core software, to ensure its data integrity.

Incredible Price Point

Here’s the best part about the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 tablet – its highly affordable price of just RM999 / US$229.99 / £204 / A$373 / S$448?

This will allow even families on a tight budget to afford the Galaxy Tab A8.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Specifications

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
Model SM-X200
Display 10.5-inch TFT Display
– 1200 x 1920 pixels
OS One UI 3 (Android 11)
Platform UNISOC Tiger T618
CPU 2 x Arm Cortex-A75 cores (2.0 GHz)
6 x Arm Cortex-A55 cores (2.0 GHz)
GPU Arm Mali-G52 MP2
Memory +
Storage
3 GB + 32 GB
4 GB + 64 GB
External Storage microSD slot (up to 1 TB)
Front Camera 5 MP camera
Main Cameras 8 MP camera
Connectivity Wi-Fi : Up to Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth : BT 5.0
USB : USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, Side-Mounted
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic,
Hall Sensor, Light Sensor
GPS GPS, GLONASS, QZSS
NFC No
Audio Quad speakers with Dolby Atmos
Battery 7,040 mAh Li-Po battery
Charging 15 watt fast charging
Dimensions 246.8 mm wide
161.9 mm tall
6.9 mm thick
Weight 508 grams

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 : Price + Availability!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 is available in three colour options – Gray, Silver and Pink Gold, with two variants globally :

  • 3GB + 32GB
  • 4GB + 64GB

Here in Malaysia, it is only available in 3GB + 32GB variant in either the Gray or Pink Gold colour options, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of RM999 (about US$238 / £178 / A$336 / S$322).

From now until 28 February 2022, every purchase will come with two freebies :

  • one Samsung Clear Edge Cover worth RM99
  • one year Samsung Care+ coverage plan worth RM110

Here are some online purchase options :

 

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What To Do Before, During, After COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

Find out what you need to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your kids get their COVID-19 vaccine shots!

 

What To Do Before Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Just received your kids’ COVID-19 vaccine appointment? This is what you need to do BEFORE the day of your child’s vaccine appointment.

Medication?

There are fake messages on social media asking people to stop taking medication before getting the COVID-19 vaccine. That is false and dangerous!

Please CONTINUE to give your child his/her medication, unless advised otherwise by your child’s doctor.

Dietary / Exercise Restrictions?

There are NO restrictions on diet or exercise before your child’s vaccination.

In fact, it is a good idea to treat the upcoming vaccination appointment like “any other day”. This will help allay any potential anxiety over the vaccine shot.

Painkillers?

You should NOT give your child any painkiller before going for his/her COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

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

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

 

What To Do During Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

Here is a list of what you should do on the day of your child’s vaccination :

  1. Make sure your child wears loose and comfortable clothes.
  2. Make sure your child has a good meal, and drink some water.
  3. Make sure your child does NOT have a fever, or any other flu-like symptoms.
    If your child is sick, do NOT go to the vaccination centre.
    Cancel the appointment, and book another slot.
  4. Make sure you bring a smartphone with MySejahtera installed.
  5. Make sure you bring some form of identification – MyKad (Malaysia) or passport.
  6. Bring your child’s medication list, if you need to ask the doctor’s advice at the vaccination centre.
  7. Make sure your child wears a face mask, and if possible, wears a face shield as well.
  8. Bring a bottle of water, in case your child gets thirsty.
  9. Let your child bring a toy (or a tablet) to play with.
  10. Bring a pen, and something stiff to write on, to fill in the form.

Note : Even though you are asked to submit a digital consent form, you will still be asked to fill and sign a physical consent form at the vaccination centre.

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

  1. Make sure the vaccine vial’s label has an orange border – this confirms that it contains the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year-old children.
  2. You can ask to check the vaccine expiry date, but please note that the vial expiry date may not match the actual expiry date.

Don’t worry if you see the vial in the open, and not in an ice box. The new formulation is more stable and can last up to 12 hours at room temperature.

  1. The doctor or nurse will show you the syringe, for you to verify that it has the correct volume of 0.2 ml (not 0.3 ml, which is for older kids and adults).

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 your child receives 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 your child received the full dose.
  4. If there is any discrepancy, you can address it with the doctor or nurse, or ask to see a supervisor.
  5. After your child receive the vaccination, please stay for the 15-minute observation session.
  6. Before you leave the vaccination centre, please check MySejahtera and the vaccination card to make sure your child’s name is correct.

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

 

What To Do After Your Kids’ Vaccine Appointment?

First, congratulate yourself on protecting your children against COVID-19.

Then take some photos before you leave the vaccination centre, and share them on social media!

Help to encourage other parents to also protect their children against COVID-19!

Dietary / Medical Restrictions?

There are NO RESTRICTIONS on your child’s diet or daily life after vaccination.

Please remember – your child was just vaccinated against COVID-19, not convicted of a crime!

Please continue to give your child his/her medications, if any.

Continue COVID-19 Precautions!

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

Restrictions On Physical Activities?

If possible, your child should avoid strenuous physical activities for a week or two for these reasons :

  • A precautionary measure against the rare risk of myocarditis / pericarditis.
  • It will also allow you to better detect the symptoms of myocarditis / pericarditis (details below).
  • To avoid accidents if your child has a headache or fever while engaging in strenuous physical activities.
  • To avoid conflating any pain or muscle ache with the vaccination.

Please note the emphasis on strenuous. There is no need to completely restrict their physical activities.

Monitor For Symptoms Of Myocarditis / Pericarditis

Myocarditis and pericarditis are known but rare adverse events that can happen to those who receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The new paediatric Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a smaller dose, and a lower risk – only 12 myocarditis cases have reported after 8.7 million doses were administered.

The good news is – vaccine-induced myocarditis is often mild, and easily treated.

Therefore, parents are advised to monitor their children for these symptoms, and quickly seek medical attention :

  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • heart palpitations / pounding heart

I would like to also point out that the risk of myocarditis from vaccines is far lower than the risk of myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection.

Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk is less than 1 in million!

Painkillers

You should expect your child to experience mild side effects over the next few days, like fever, muscle ache and possibly headache.

You should not be overly concerned – they are evidence of your child’s immune system learning to fight against COVID-19.

You can give your child painkillers if they feel sick, but try to use paracetamol / acetaminophen instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and aspirin.

Report Side Effects

Please report any side effects your child feels over the next few days in MySejahtera.

If they persist, or get severe, please seek medical attention at the nearest government hospital.

Read more : How To Report Vaccine Side Effects In MySejahtera!

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced details of the COVID-19 vaccine programme for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

Here is what you need to know!

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Programme For Kids : Details Announced!

On 20 January 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, announced details of PICKids – the COVID-19 vaccine programme for kids 5 to 11 years in age.

Special Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids To Be Used

A special Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids will be used to vaccinate children 5 to 11 years in age.

This paediatric dose comes in a new 10-dose vial with an orange cap, which will be diluted with 1.3 ml of water.

Each dose is smaller at only 0.2 ml, and contains only 10 micrograms (mcg) of the vaccine – 1/3 of the dose used in adults.

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

Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Arrives End Of January 2022

According to the Health Minister, the first batch of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids will arrive in Malaysia on 31 January 2022.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Programme Starts In February 2022

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids programme (PICKids) will officially kick off on 3 February 2022 at the Tunku Azizah Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

However, it will only start in earnest from 22 February 2022 onwards.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Not Mandatory

The COVID-19 vaccine for kids is not mandatory, just like how the vaccination programme for adults and adolescents are also not mandatory.

Parents Can Start Registering Their Kids

Parents can start registering their kids for the COVID-19 vaccine programme using the MySejahtera app.

Parents will be allowed to book appointments for their kids’ vaccinations starting 31 January 2022, with priority given to families living in the Klang Valley.

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

90% Efficacious

Even though the paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is only ⅓ that of the adult dose, it was shown to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection.

Fewer Side Effects

The lower paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine naturally produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted.

After almost 8.7 million doses of the paediatric vaccine were administered in the United States, the number of AEFI incidents were far lower than that of teenagers 12-17 years of age who were vaccinated with the full adult dose.

Longer Dose Interval

The Malaysia Ministry of Health will use a longer 8-week dose interval for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

This will increase the immune response and has the potential to increase the longevity of the vaccine’s protection, as well reduce the risk of vaccine myocarditis.

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

 

You Should Sign Your Kids Up For COVID-19 Vaccine?

You may be wondering whether you should actually sign up your kids for the COVID-19 vaccine. After all, social media is rife with scary stories about vaccine side effects.

The truth is – all approved COVID-19 vaccines have not only been proven to be safe and effective in massive clinical trials, they have also been proven to be safe and effective after BILLIONS of doses were administered.

And why not? Vaccines are nothing more than self-defence classes for our immune system.

All they do is teach your children’s own immune system to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it so that they have a better chance of defending themselves against a real COVID-19 infection.

Over 8 million doses of the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids have also been successfully and safely administered in the United States. So yes, it is SAFE and EFFECTIVE.

People may tell you that kids do not get COVID-19, or they suffer only mild symptoms. That’s not really true.

In Malaysia, 579,624 children (less than 18 years old) were infected with COVID-19 in the last two years!

  • 269,773 (46.5%) of them were children 5 to 11 years in age.
  • 144 children (less than 18 years old) died from COVID-19.
  • 31 children 5 to 11 years in age died from COVID-19.

On top of that, children infected with COVID-19 are at risk of developing serious complications like Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) or long COVID.

So don’t believe naysayers when they tell you that your child will be safe from COVID-19. Not only have children died from COVID-19, others had to be hospitalised, and/or suffer from long COVID symptoms long after they recover.

Please remember – it’s YOUR CHILD, not theirs, that they are putting at risk with such misinformation.

Protect your children. Vaccinate them against COVID-19.

 

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You Can Now Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

You can now register your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine in MySejahtera!

Here is what you need to know…

 

You Can Now Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that 5-11 year old kids will be start getting their COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month.

On 18 January 2022, MySejahtera was finally updated to allow registration of 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine!

 

How To Register 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

Here is step-by-step video guide on how you can register your 5-11 year kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you prefer a pictorial guide, please skip past the video.

Step 1 : Update MySejahtera to version 1.1.5 or later.

Step 2 : Open MySejahtera, and tap Close on the default Check-in screen.

Step 3 : Tap on the COVID-19 Vaccination option.

Step 4 : In the Vaccination screen, tap on Add Vaccine Dependent.

Step 5 : If you have not already registered your kids as Vaccine Dependents, tap on Add Vaccination Dependent.

If you have already registered your kids as Vaccine Dependents, please skip to Step 7.

Step 6 : You will need to fill in your child’s details. After you are done, tap Save.

Step 7 : In the Vaccination screen, you should see your child now listed as a Vaccination Dependent. Tap on the Add as vaccine dependent link.

Step 8 : You will now be asked to confirm that you are authorised to manage the vaccination process for your child.

You will also be informed that only one person can manage your child’s vaccination. Tap Yes, Proceed.

Step 9 : In this screen, you need to check your child’s name and IC / Passport No.

Tap Edit if you need to make changes. Otherwise, tap on the “I confirm” check box, and tap Confirm.

Step 10 : You will need to fill in the next section, including adding your location, state and post code.

Once you are done, tap Submit.

Step 11 : You should now see a Thank You message. Tap Close.

That’s it! If you go back to the Vaccination screen (Step 4) and you should see your child’s name listed as Vaccination for [Child’s Name].

Tap on it to check his/her vaccination status. You should see that your child has been registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.

I hope this guide helps you register your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please feel free to share this guide with your family and friends!

 

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Malaysia To Start Vaccinating 5-11 Yo Kids By End Of Month!

Malaysia will be able to start vaccinating 5-11 year-old kids by the end of January 2022!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia To Start Vaccinating 5-11 Yo Kids By End Of Month!

On 16 January 2022, the Malaysia Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin, said that the COVID-19 vaccination programme for children 5 to 11 years of age will begin at the end of the month.

This comes after Malaysia conditionally approved the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children on 6 January 2022.

It cannot come sooner as the new 2022 academic year is slated to begin in March 2022.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids In Malaysia : Should You Take It?

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine for 5-11 year old children uses a much lower dose of the vaccine – just 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents, but continues to use the same 21-day dose interval.

It was shown in a Pfizer study involving over 2,200 children, to be both very safe and 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.

So yes, I definitely advise you to vaccinate your children against COVID-19, preferably before they start the new academic year.

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

 

Can You Start Registering 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine?

Unfortunately, MySejahtera still does not allow you to register your 5-11 year-old children for COVID-19 vaccination.

While there is a way to bypass the MySejahtera check, and register your children anyway, their registration might be invalidated later.

Read more : Can 5-11 Yo Kids Start Registering For COVID-19 Vaccine?

 

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

Here is what you need to know about the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for 5-11 year old kids!

 

Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids : What You Need To Know!

On 22 October 2021, the US FDA publicly released the Pfizer-BioNTech briefing document on their clinical trial of the COMIRNATY vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

This Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids is different from the COVID-19 vaccine for older children and adults in many ways, so let me summarise the key differences…

Lower Paediatric Dose

The paediatric dose of the Pfizer vaccine is only 10 micrograms (mcg). This is only 1/3 of the dose used for adults and adolescents.

Two Doses For Most Children

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine will still be administered as a two-dose primary series for most children 5 through 11 years of age.

However, a three-dose primary series may be given to certain children 5 through 11 years of age:

  • who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or
  • who have been diagnosed with conditions that have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.

New 10-Dose Vial

The new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5-11 years old in age, is supplied in a new 10-dose vial, with an orange cap and a label with an orange border.

Must Be Diluted Before Use

The content of the vial must be diluted with 1.3 ml of sterile 0.9% sodium chloride, to derive 10 doses of 0.2 ml in volume.

Healthcare workers must be aware of this dilution requirement, as the newer Pfizer vaccine with a gray cap (for individuals 12 years and older) no longer requires dilution.

Smaller Intramuscular Injection

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine is given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection. This is a smaller volume than the adult dose – 0.3 ml.

So parents should be aware that the paediatric dose has a lower volume, when observing their children’s vaccinations.

More Stable Formulation

In addition to the lower dose, Pfizer’s paediatric vaccine has an improved formulation that is more stable. For those who want to know what changed, Pfizer :

  • replaced the phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) with a Tris buffer
  • removed sodium chloride and potassium chloride from the buffer formulation

This new formulation will allow the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C (35°F to 46°F) for up to 10 weeks, instead of just 4 weeks.

In addition, it will last longer – 12 hours, instead of just 2 hours – at room temperature (up to 25°C / 77°F), after being thawed.

Read more : Did Pfizer add heart attack drug to COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

9 Month Expiry Date

The Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine has a 9-month expiry date, from the printed manufacturing date.

Printed
Manufacturing
Date
9-Month
Expiry Date
06/2021 28 February 2022
07/2021 31 March 2022
08/2021 30 April 2022
09/2021 31 May 2022
10/2021 30 June 2022
11/2021 31 July 2022
12/2021 31 August 2022
01/2022 30 September 2022
02/2022 31 October 2022

90% Efficacious

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

Efficacious Against Delta Variant

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

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

Same Dose Interval

Pfizer, however, maintained the same 21-day dose interval. This may mean that the high antibody levels the new paediatric vaccine produces will similarly wane over time, perhaps requiring a booster dose after six months.

As the UK has shown with their AstraZeneca vaccine, increasing the dose interval results in longer-lasting protection.

That said, antibody levels are not an accurate assessment of an individual’s immunity against COVID-19.

Read more : Why delaying AstraZeneca Dose 2 INCREASES efficacy?

Fewer Side Effects

The lower paediatric dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine naturally produced fewer side effects, with no severe side effects noted. They were mostly :

  • pain at injection site : 71-74%
  • headache : 54-61%
  • fatigue : 60-66%
  • muscle pain : 27-41%
  • chills : 25-40%
  • joint pain : 13-22%
  • fever : 7-17%

Side note : It is interesting to note that even the placebo causes common symptoms like fatigue, headache and muscle pain. This shows just how important it is to conduct a randomised controlled trial.

Likely Safer

The much lower dose should ameliorate, if not eliminate, the risk of myocarditis / pericarditis that was highest in adolescents and young adults.

There were no cases of pericarditis or myocarditis in the Pfizer study that involved over 2,260 children, through approximately 3 months of follow-up after Dose 2.

However, the risk of myocarditis in adolescents is only about 1 in 50,000, so we will only know for sure once mass vaccinations have begun.

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting a full dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

I have no idea if the myocarditis risk is truly lower with the paediatric dose, but it surely cannot be more than the full dose that is currently being administered to adolescents.

 

FDA Panel Recommends Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 26 October 2021, the FDA advisory panel met to discuss the data, and voted 17 in favour (with one abstention) of recommending an emergency use authorisation for the new Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

Children in this age group currently accounts for 9% of reported COVID-19 cases in the US, and approximately 40% of all paediatric COVID-19 cases, with 1/3 of hospitalised children requiring ICU care.

While the risk of hospitalisation and death is relatively low for children, they still suffer from serious complications like :

  • myocarditis
  • multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C)
  • long COVID

One UK study, for example, found that 7% to 8% of children continue to have symptoms more than 12 weeks after they were diagnosed with COVID-19.

Read more : What’s The Difference Between Full FDA Approval vs EUA for Vaccines?

 

FDA Panel Approves Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Kids!

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in 5-11 year-old children.

This was based on their expert panel’s earlier approval, and their own evaluation of the data from Pfizer’s paediatric clinical trial.

Here is a short summary of the US FDA’s findings on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 5-11 year-old children :

Effectiveness : Immune responses of children 5 through 11 years of age were comparable to those of individuals 16 through 25 years of age. In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11.

Safety : The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study.

Read more : FDA Authorises Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Children!

Updated @ 2022-01-08 : Added new details of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids.

Updated @ 2021-11-02 : Added details of the US FDA emergency use authorisation.
Originally posted @ 2021-10-29

 

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New 2022 School Rotation Details For Malaysia!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced changes to school rotation for early 2022!

Here are the details…

 

New 2022 School Rotation Details For Malaysia!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) just announced changes to school rotation for early 2022!

Primary Schools

This applies to private and international schools as well.

No Rotation With Rotation
Special Needs (SKPK/PPKI)
Pre-School
Standard 1
Standard 2
Standard 6
All RMT (Food Supplement Program) Students
Standard 3
Standard 4
Standard 5

Secondary Schools

* Only for schools with 90% or higher vaccination rates. Otherwise, these classes must continue with rotation.

This applies to private and international schools as well.

No Rotation With Rotation
Special Needs (SMKPK/SMPKV/PPKI)
Remove Classes *
Form 4 *
Form 5 *
Form 6 *
Pre-University *
IBDP *
Equivalent International Exams *
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

Schools With Fewer Than 300 Students

No Rotation
Daily and private schools, including expatriate schools
with enrolment of less than 300 students
Expatriate schools with more than 300 students can
apply to KPM to operate fully

Full Boarding Schools

Full boarding private schools are allowed to operate face-to-face classes without rotation.

No Rotation Online Class (PdPR)
Form 4
Form 5
Form 6
Pre-University
IBDP
Equivalent International Exams
Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

Vocational Colleges

No Rotation
Sijil Vokasional Malaysia
Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia
Sistem Latihan Dual Nasional
Diploma Vokasional Malaysia

Matriculation Colleges

No Rotation
4 Semester System : Only Semester 2 + 4
2 Semester System : Only Semester 2

Teachers Training Institutes

No Rotation
Program Persediaan Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perguruan
Program Ijazah Sarjana Muda Perguruan
Program Diploma Pascasiswazah Pendidikan
Program Diploma Perguruan Malaysia
Program Intervensi Tambah Opsyen

 

Other 2022 School Details For Malaysia!

In addition to the school rotation details, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) also announced that :

  • Students will be allowed to wear appropriate and neat clothes, if their existing school uniforms do not fit.
  • Parents or guardians can choose not to send their children to school – this is not considered a disciplinary offence.
    However, parents or guardians must inform the schools of that decision, for record purposes.
  • KPM will only announce on 3 January 2022, whether schools affected by floods can resume operations.

Read more : Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

 

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Updated Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

The Ministry of Education just updated the school term schedule and holidays for Malaysia in 2022!

Here are the details…

 

2021/2022 Malaysia School Term Schedule

As detailed earlier, the year-end holiday will be shortened, and the 2021 academic year will be extended into February 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week due to floods.

Read more : Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 26 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 27 February until 27 March 2022
Group A Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 9 January 2022 24 February 2022 28
Term Holiday * 25 February 2022 20 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 25 February 2022
  • The 3-week term holiday will be from 26 February until 20 March 2022
Group B Starts Ends Days
School Term 3 10 January 2022 25 February 2022 29
Term Holiday 26 February 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

2022/2023 Malaysia School Term Schedule

Right after the 3-week term holidays, schools will continue with the 2022 academic year in March 2022.

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Group A : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 11 March 2023
Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 2 June 2022 48
Term 1 Holiday 3 June 2022 11 June 2022 9
Term 2 12 June 2022 1 September 2022 57
Term 2 Holiday 2 September 2022 10 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 11 September 2022 8 December 2022 61
Term 3 Holiday 9 December 2022 31 December 2022 23
Term 3 Part 2 1 January 2023 16 February 2023 32
Year End Holiday 17 February 2023 11 March 2023 23

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Group B : 2022 academic year will last from 21 March 2022 until 12 March 2023
Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 1 21 March 2022 3 June 2022 49
Term 1 Holiday 4 June 2022 12 June 2022 9
Term 2 13 June 2022 2 September 2022 58
Term 2 Holiday 3 September 2022 11 September 2022 9
Term 3 Part 1 12 September 2022 9 December 2022 60
Term 3 Holiday 10 December 2022 31 December 2022 22
Term 3 Part 2 3 January 2023 17 February 2023 31
Year End Holiday 18 February 2023 12 March 2023 23

 

Extra Holidays For 2022 + 2023 Malaysia School Term!

Here is the list of additional holidays for schools in Malaysia for the academic year of 2022 and 2023 :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 30 January to 2 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2 to 5 May 2022 2 extra days
Hari Deepavali 23 to 25 October 2022 2 extra days
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 31 January to 3 February 2022 2 extra days
Hari Raya Aidilfitri 3 to 6 May 2022 2 extra days
Hari Gawai Dayak Only for Sarawak
1 to 3 June 2022
1 extra day
Hari Deepavali Except Sarawak
24 to 26 October
2 extra days
Only for Sarawak
24 October only
1 extra day
Chinese New Year 20 to 23 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

The Malaysia Ministry of Education just announced that the 2021/2022 school terms will be postponed 1 week after massive floods!

Here are the details…

 

Malaysia School Term Postponed 1 Week Because Of Floods!

As detailed earlier, the 2021 school term in Malaysia will be extended into February 2022, while the 2022 school term in Malaysia will begin in March 2022.

On 24 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Education (KPM) announced that the 2021/2022 school term will be postponed one week.

They made this decision after many teachers, students and their families were affected by massive floods.

Note : KPM did not reveal when the 2021 school term will end, and whether they will maintain the 3-week term holiday in March 2022.

Read more : Latest Malaysia School Term Schedule + Holidays For 2022!

Here is the new 2021/2022 school term schedule for the year 2022, based on what we know so far :

Group A

Group A states are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 10 December 2021 until 8 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 9 January until 3 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 4 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 16 January 2021.

Group A School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 9 January 2022 3 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 4 March 2022 27 March 2022 24

Group B

Group B states are Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

  • Year-end school holiday will take place from 11 December 2021 until 9 January 2022
  • 2021 academic year will continue from 10 January until 4 March 2022
  • If they maintain the 3-week term holiday, it will be from 5 March until 27 March 2022

Note : Until further notice, schools will likely continue rotation, so half the students may not return to class until 17 January 2021.

Group B School Starts School Ends Days
Term 3 10 January 2022 4 March 2022 36
Term Holiday 5 March 2022 20 March 2022 23

 

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Apple Education Discount Now Requires UNiDAYS Verification!

The little loophole is now closed – Apple education discount now requires UNiDAYS verification!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Apple Education Discount : Formerly Based On Trust + Audit

For many years now, savvy parents and techies have counted on the Apple education discount to get some financial relief on Mac computers and iPad tablets.

Ostensibly limited to teachers and staff of educational facilities, as well as college and university students, the Apple education discount programme was based on trust.

Anyone can go to the Apple Education page, and order a Mac computer or iPad tablet with (usually) a 10% discount. Apple doesn’t even ask you to prove your qualification for the education discount.

Instead, Apple performs random audits. If you cannot prove that you are an educator, or a college/university student, then they have the right to charge your credit card for the education discount you (illegally) received earlier.

 

Apple Education Discount Now Requires UNiDAYS Verification!

Sadly, it appears that Apple is moving away from the trust system, and is requiring verification through UNiDAYS in certain countries.

  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Malaysia : Started on 15 December 2021
  • United Kingdom

Unlike the earlier Apple education discount programme, UNiDAYS verification greatly limits those who qualify for discounted Apple Mac computers and iPad tablets :

  • Students who are 16 years and above
  • Must be currently enrolled in the Sixth Form, a college or a university
  • Must have a personal institution email address (.edu email, for example), or a credit card-style student ID, issued by the school / college / university

The Good

Signing up for UNiDAYS has some advantages. It gives you access to discount programmes for other companies.

And students who sign up for UNiDAYS will get a free Apple Music student subscription in certain countries, which may even include Apple TV+ access!

The Bad

Parents cannot sign up and purchase for their children. Each student must sign up for their own UNiDAYS account.

If UNiDAYS cannot automatically verify your student credentials, it has a manual process but that could mean several days of delay to verify your account.

The Ugly

The UNiDAYS verification process blocks parents of younger students from getting the education discount.

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, parents are forced to purchase tablets and laptops for their children’s online classes. While not entirely legit, the Apple education discount has helped many parents alleviate the high cost of providing each child with a tablet or computer.

While this verification process will help Apple cut down on fraud, I wish they would take the opportunity to open up the education discount programme to younger students.

That would really be a win-win situation – parents get a small but much appreciated discount, and Apple gets a head start on developing the next-generation of Apple users.

Until then, parents of younger children can “work around” this limitation, by asking a college / university student to help them make the purchase.

 

Countries Where Apple Education Discount Do Not Require UNiDAYS!

This switch to UNiDAYS verification for the Apple Education Discount programme appears to be a gradual process.

For now, these countries still do not require UNiDAYS verification :

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States

So parents of younger children in those countries can still get the Apple Education discount, without jumping through the UNiDAYS hoop.

Pro Tip : When purchasing any Mac computer or iPad with the Apple Education discount, make sure you grab all the accessories you need at the same time, to get the discount as well.

 

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Seri Puteri School Cluster Shows COVID-19 Vaccine Working!

The Seri Puteri school cluster has now expanded to 139 positive cases, but what it really shows is how well the COVID-19 vaccine is working!

 

Seri Puteri School Cluster : A Quick Primer!

The Seri Puteri school cluster originated from a teacher who became symptomatic on 22 November 2021, and was confirmed positive two days later.

Screening of the teacher’s close contact detected another seven (7) cases – another teacher, and six (6) students. This was when it was called Kluster Persiaran Tasik (Lake Promenade Cluster).

All six students were sent to the MAEPS quarantine and treatment centre, while the two teachers were quarantined at home.

On 1-2 December 2021, the Sepang Health Department screened 763 students, teachers and school employees, and detected 131 cases.

In total, this COVID-19 cluster now has 139 cases (out of 946 people screened) :

  • 114 students
  • 15 teachers
  • 10 school employees

 

Seri Puteri School Cluster Shows COVID-19 Vaccine Working!

At first glance, the Seri Puteri school cluster appears to show that the COVID-19 vaccine has failed. After all. 139 people got infected despite being vaccinated against COVID-19.

But if you look at the data, it tells a different story…

According to the Health Minister, here’s the data on the first batch to be screened :

People screened : 451 (13 teachers, 1 employee, 437 students)
Positive cases : 73 (2 teachers, 71 students)

All teachers were fully-vaccinated.
All students (except four) were fully-vaccinated.

65 students were transferred to the MAEPS quarantine centre.
All positive cases are in Category 1 or Category 2A, all in stable condition.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) then followed up with additional information :

All 139 cases in the Seri Puteri school cluster are in stable condition, and they are all in Category 1 and Category 2A (symptomatic but low risk).

If you didn’t catch it yet, here’s the reason why this school cluster shows just how effective the COVID-19 vaccine has been.

ALL COVID-19 cases in this cluster were either asymptomatic (Category 1) or mildly symptomatic (Category 2A).

That is a clear example of how the COVID-19 vaccine has protected all those who were infected from hospitalisation and death.

I wrote long ago that COVID-19 vaccine efficacy against infection does not matter as much as its protection against hospitalisation and death.

Yes, it would be nice if the vaccine prevents COVID-19 infection (and it does for many people), but its primary purpose is really to prevent hospitalisation and death.

In that respect, the COVID-19 vaccines are doing a brilliant job. So please make sure you vaccinate your kids to protect them against COVID-19!

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

 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : How To Register?

You are now allowed to register for the COVID-19 vaccine standby list across Malaysia!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Everyone Can Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List!

On 16 November 2021, the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster (CITF-B) announced that EVERYONE will be allowed to register for the vaccine standby list at private COVID-19 vaccination centres across the country!

When Will This Begin?

The COVID-19 vaccine standby list starts officially on Monday, 22 November 2021.

Who Is Allowed To Register For Standby List?

If you are one of these individuals, you can register for the standby list :

  • individuals eligible for the booster dose * who have NOT received an appointment :
    – Frontliners
    – Individuals aged 40 years and above
    – Individuals aged 18 years and older with co-morbidities
    – Long-term care facilities individuals (staff and residents)
    – Pregnant mothers
    – Those travelling abroad
  • individuals (including adolescents 12-17 years old) who have not yet received the first or second dose of COVID-19 vaccination, and
  • individuals who missed their vaccination appointments

If you have already received your MySejahtera appointments, you should NOT register for this standby list. Please proceed for your appointment.

* Currently, only those who received these vaccines are eligible for the booster dose :

  • individuals who had Dose 2 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine more than 6 months earlier, or
  • individuals who had Dose 2 of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine more than 3 months earlier.

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

Is It FREE?

Yes, registration for the standby list at private PPV facilities is FREE.

The COVID-19 vaccine is also provided for FREE under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK).

What Vaccine Is Provided?

Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY vaccine will be provided at the listed PPVs.

While the AstraZeneca and Sinovac booster doses have been approved by the DCA, it will be up to CITF-B to decide who and when should receive those booster doses.

Until CITF-B announces their decision, only Pfizer-BioNTech booster doses will be administered.

Read more : AstraZeneca + Sinovac Booster Dose Approved In Malaysia!

How To Register For The Standby List?

To register to be part of the standby list, here’s what you need to do :

  1. Identify the nearest (or most convenient) private PPV to you (use this Find Vaccination Centres (PPV) page).
  2. You can walk-in, call the vaccination centre (PPV), or even email them to register for their standby list.

To avoid double-booking, you should only register at ONE (1) PPV of a private health facility.

Standby List, Not Priority List

Please note that this is a standby list, not a priority list. Even though it’s said you can “walk-in”, you MAY NOT necessarily get vaccinated on the spot.

That’s because the COVID-19 vaccines are currently being prioritised for these groups :

You will only be given your vaccination if there are spare doses, which can happen when people cancel or don’t show up for their appointments.

If there are no spare doses, you will be registered for the standby list, and you will be contacted when there are spare doses.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Standby List : Why It’s Necessary…

This COVID-19 vaccine standby list programme was announced just one week after Malaysia Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin announced that about 40% of those given appointments for their booster dose did NOT show up!

This shocking low uptake of the Pfizer booster dose is troubling, because it means the vulnerable population is not being adequately protected, and precious vaccine doses are being wasted.

It is therefore not a surprise that the government is opening up this standby list, which would allow them to reduce wastage of the Pfizer vaccine, and speed up vaccination of those who have yet to get protected against COVID-19.

The poor response is very likely due to strenuous efforts by anti-vaccination activists to spread fake news about the Pfizer booster dose. I addressed some of these fake news in these articles :

Please take a look at those fact checks, and share them with your family.

It is critical that they are aware that much of what’s being shared on social media are fake news.

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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Pfizer Secretly Added Tromethamine To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids?

Did Pfizer secretly add Tromethamine – a “heart attack drug” also known as Tris – to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids?

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

 

Claim : Pfizer Secretly Added Tromethamine To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

The Alex Jones Show, The Expose UK, Infowars, Natural News and other anti-vaccination websites have been pushing the claim that Pfizer secretly added Tromethamine to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids!

They claimed that Pfizer added Tromethamine to their COVID-19 vaccine for kids, to reduce the risk of children getting heart attacks as a side effect.

A newly released document shows that drug giant Pfizer added a secret heart attack drug to the children’s version of its Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee that voted 17-0 to approve the jabs for children as young as five was notified that the children’s formulation of the drug contains tromethamine (Tris), a chemical that reduces blood acidity and stabilizes people who have suffered a heart attack.

Here are known side effects: Respiratory depression – local irritation- tissue inflammation – injection site infection – febrile response – chemical phlebitis – venospasm (vein spasms) – hypervolemia – IV thrombosis – extravasation (with possible necrosis and sloughing of tissues) – transient decreases in blood glucose concentrations – hypoglycemia, and Hepatic Necrosis with infusion via low-lying umbilical venous catheters.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Secretly Add Tromethamine To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

This is yet another example of vaccine FAKE NEWS being created and propagated by anti-vaxxers to discourage the vaccination of children.

Pfizer did NOT “secretly” add Tromethamine to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for children to reduce or prevent the risk of heart attacks in children.

Everything posted by Alex Jones, Infowars, Natural News or The Expose UK, must be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

For those who want more information on why this is false, here are the reasons…

Fact #1 : It Was Public Information

Anti-vaccination websites and supporters are FALSELY claiming that Pfizer SECRETLY added Tromethamine (Tris) to the new paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

The truth is – that was PUBLICLY AVAILABLE information that Pfizer and US FDA released in page 12 of the VRBPAC briefing document on 22 October 2021!

Pfizer/BioNTech are requesting authorization of a modified formulation of BNT162b2 to accommodate the 10-µg dose.

This modified formulation allows for an improved stability profile and greater ease of use at administration sites. The modified formulation uses a Tris buffer instead of phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and excludes sodium chloride and potassium chloride.

Authorization and future licensure of the modified formulation is based on analytical comparability to the currently authorized PBS containing formulation in accordance with CBER guidance. The change in buffer is not considered clinically significant.

By lying that it was a secret, they are trying to fool you into thinking that Pfizer was trying to slip tromethamine into the paediatric vaccine without the US FDA or the public knowing about it.

That’s not only easily proven false, it is intentionally deceitful.

Read more : Did Bill Gates Call For Withdrawal Of COVID-19 Vaccines?

Fact #2 : Tromethamine Used To Stabilise Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine

By replacing the original phosphate-buffered saline in the new paediatric COVID-19 vaccine, it can now be stored in a normal refrigerator at 2-8°C for up to 10 weeks.

That is a HUGE 2.5X improvement over the current storage limit of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine :

  • originally, the vaccine could only be stored between 2-8°C for up to 5 days.
  • after further stability tests, the US FDA determined on 19 May 2021 that it can be stored between 2-8°C for up to 31 days.

There are no other changes to the vaccine, so only the change in the buffer could have accounted for the big jump in vaccine stability and longer storage time.

Fact #3 : Tromethamine Is NOT A Heart Attack Drug

Tris, which is short for tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane or tromethamine / trometamol / THAM in medical use, is an organic compound with MANY uses.

In biochemistry and molecular biology, it is used in buffer solutions (to maintain pH level) especially when there is a need to stabilise nucleic acids.

In medical use, Tris is used to treat metabolic acidosis, as an alternative to sodium bicarbonate. That’s its purpose in cardiac bypass surgery – to correct metabolic acidosis that may occur during or immediately after surgery.

Tromethamine is NOT a drug that treats heart attack. Neither is it capable of preventing heart attacks. So the claim is completely false and nonsensical.

If Tromethamine can actually prevent myocarditis / pericarditis, it would have been added to the Pfizer vaccine for adults and adolescents long ago.

Fact #4 : Tromethamine Is Used In The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has been using Tris or tromethamine as a buffer from the very beginning, to maintain its pH level and stabilise the nucleic acid macromolecules.

If Tris / Trometamol / Tromethamine is truly being added to prevent heart problems as a side effect, then the Moderna vaccine would not have the same problem with myocarditis or pericarditis.

Yet, the Moderna vaccine can similarly cause myocarditis / pericarditis in young males, just like the Pfizer vaccine.

This shows that Tris / Trometamol / Tromethamine has ZERO effect on heart problems.

Fact #5 : Only 0.15 mg Of Tromethamine In Each Dose

Each dose of the Pfizer paediatric COVID-19 vaccine contains 0.02 mg tromethamine and 0.13 mg of tromethamine hydrochloride.

For simplicity’s sake – that’s a total of 0.15 mg of Tromethamine in a single shot. There is 6X more sodium chloride (0.9 mg) than Tromethamine in that shot.

The maximum dose for tromethamine is 500 mg/kg when taken within an hour. A typical 5 year-old child weighs about 18 kg, so we should not exceed 9,000 mg or 9 grams.

In other words – the 0.15 mg of tromethamine in that Pfizer vaccine dose is just 0.00167% of the maximum dose a 5 year-old child can receive.

Fact #6 : Tromethamine Can Be Injected Intramuscularly

Many Google doctors who looked up tromethamine in the use of metabolic acidosis will see that it is usually administered intravenously, and immediately insist that it can only be administered intravenously.

That’s not true. For example, ketorolac tromethamine can either be injected intravenously or intramuscularly. Heck, it even comes in the form of eye drops and oral tablets!

It all depends on what it’s used for, and its formulation.

Fact #7 : Myocarditis / Pericarditis Is NOT Heart Attack

Antivaxxers are trying to conflate the existing myocarditis / pericarditis adverse effect, with a myocardial infarction (heart attack). They are completely different.

Myocarditis / pericarditis is the INFLAMMATION of the heart muscle (myocarditis) or outer lining of the heart (pericarditis), causing chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding or fast-beating heart.

It is generally mild, and most will respond well to medicine and rest, and recover completely. They can usually return to normal daily activities once their symptoms improve / resolve.

Myocardial infarction is the IRREVERSIBLE DEATH of the heart muscle due to a PROLONGED LACK of oxygen supply. This is a medical emergency which will result in death if not treated quickly.

Individuals who survive a myocardial infarction will not recover completely, because you cannot restore the dead heart muscle.

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Causes More Myocarditis / Pericarditis Than Vaccines

The adult dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a rare risk of causing myocarditis or pericarditis in adolescents and young males., but the paediatric Pfizer vaccine has SO FAR not caused any case of myocarditis or pericarditis.

However, what antivaxxers won’t tell you is that COVID-19 itself causes way more cases of myocarditis or pericarditis than the Pfizer vaccine!

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, I created this comparison table for you :

Myocarditis Risk Per Million People Difference
COVID-19 Patient 450 +2208%
Pfizer Vaccine
(Adult Dose)
20 +2.6%
Normal Population 19.5 Baseline

As you can see, the risk of developing myocarditis is MUCH higher if your child gets infected with COVID-19, compared with getting a full dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

I have no idea if the myocarditis risk is truly lower with the paediatric dose, but it surely cannot be more than the full dose that is currently being administered to adolescents.

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

 

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Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

Was Henry Cavill forced to go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle?!

Take a look at the viral story + video, and find out what the FACTS really are!

 

Did Henry Cavill Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle?

The Internet is abuzz with this cute story of Henry Cavill going to school to help his nephew, Thomas, prove that Superman is his uncle.

Whether they are posted on Facebook, or in “viral websites”, the story generally goes along these lines, with a picture of Henry Cavill walking his nephew to school :

The day Uncle Cavill had to prove his nephew was not a liar.

Little Thomas, aged only 7, went to school dressed as Superman and the teacher asked why he was dressed like this.

“Because Superman is my uncle,” he replied.

The teacher then explained that Superman didn’t exist, but Thomas insisted, repeating numerous times that he existed, and that he was his uncle. And the kid ended up at the office…

An officer was asked to see him, to warn the child not to live in a fantasy world.

As the doubt remained, she called her brother-in-law, asking him to go to school to “save” her nephew, who was radiant for all his little friends to see that he was really Superman’s nephew!

The news was confirmed in the last few hours by Cavill himself, reiterating that he had saved his nephew from a bad punishment, given his reputation for “telling lies”

 

Henry Cavill Did Not Help Nephew Prove Superman Is His Uncle!

As endearing as this story is, it was really fabricated from an old but true story from 2011.

Many websites resurrected this story to “go viral” and make money. Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : Henry Cavill Talked About It In 2013 + 2018

Henry Cavill actually recounted this incident back in June 2013 in an interview with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.

He also told Kelly and Ryan this same story on their show in July 2018.

So all those viral and celebrity websites that claimed that Henry Cavill confirmed this “in the last few hours” lied to you.

Fact #2 : Superman Uncle Incident Happened In 2011

This incident involving his nephew, Thomas, actually happened in 2011 when Henry first learned that he would be playing Superman in Zack Snyder’s film.

Henry Cavill only recounted it in 2013, when he sat for his interview with Jay Leno. This was what he said :

“My nephew Thomas was so super excited… he ran to school. “

“Now keep in mind Thomas has got a great reputation for telling stories and just making up stuff to the teacher.”

He says, “Well, because my uncle is Superman,” and she’s like, “Oh okay, and she pulls him aside. He got in trouble. [She was like] “this is sad.”

Fact #3 : Henry Cavill Did NOT Go To His Nephew’s School

Thomas’ mother – Henry’s sister-in-law – then explained to the teacher that the boy’s uncle “actually kind of is” Superman.

She did not ask Henry to “rescue” Thomas, so he did not actually go to his nephew’s school to prove that Superman is really his uncle.

Fact #4 : They Were NOT Walking To His Nephew’s School

The creator(s) misappropriated one of photos to make it look as if Henry Cavill was walking his nephew to school to prove that his uncle really is Superman.

The truth is this was one of the photos taken of Henry, who was walking in London with his brother Niki and his family on 7 September 2013.

They were NOT going to school to rescue Thomas, that’s for sure!

Fact #5 : Thomas Was Not 7 Years Old When It Happened

Henry Cavill did not mention how old Thomas was when this “Superman is my uncle” incident happened. But in a May 2021 interview with Viva Magazine, he said,

I have two nephews, aged 6 and 4. The older is known for telling wild tales in school and telling lies invented all the time. During one of the classes, the teacher asked pupils to talk about their family members, and what they do professionally. Then, the boy said: “My uncle is Superman.”

So we know that Thomas was 6 years old in 2013, and not 7 years old in 2021 as many viral websites and memes are claiming.

We also know that the incident happened sometime between 2011 and 2013. So Thomas was likely between 4 and 6 years old when it happened.

Little Thomas should be a strapping 14 year-old teenager in 2021!

 

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2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : What You Need To Know!

Acer introduced SIX new Chromebook models in 2021, offering a wide selection of affordable laptops with long battery life.

Here is what YOU need to know about the six new Acer Chromebook laptops!

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : What You Need To Know!

Acer introduced SIX new Chromebook models in 2021, in a variety of sizes and form factors with long battery life.

  • 14-inch Acer Chromebook 314
  • 17.3-inch Acer Chromebook 317
  • 14-inch Acer Chromebook 514
  • 14-inch Acer Chromebook Enterprise 514
  • 13.5-inch Acer Chromebook Spin 713
  • 13.5-inch Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713

In this article, we are going to take a look at the six 2021 Acer Chromebook laptops, to see what they offer, and how they compare with each other!

2021 Acer Chromebook 314

Weighing only 1.5 kg, the 2021 Acer Chromebook 314 (CB314-2H/CB314-2HT) is an ultra-portable laptop designed for students.

Its 14-inch IPS display has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and optional touch controls. It supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, and comes with a 720p HDR webcam.

Powered by the MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor, it can provide up to 15 hours of battery life.

2021 Acer Chromebook 317

The 2021 Acer Chromebook 317 (CB317-1H) is targeted at users who want a large display for multitasking and streaming content.

It has a large 17.3-inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and anti-glare coating. It also comes with a large keyboard (with optional backlighting) with a numeric keypad and a large touchpad.

There is also space for two full-sized upward-facing speakers to give you a more immersive audio experience.

The 2021 Chromebook 317 is built around the latest Intel Celeron processors with Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

2021 Acer Chromebook 514

The 2021 Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W/CB514-1WT) is built around the 11th Gen Intel core processors, with up to 10 hours of battery life.

Thanks to its metal top cover and reinforced design, it is MIL-STD810H rated for military-grade durability. On top of that, its touchpad is protected against scratches and corrosion with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass.

It supports the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity, and comes with two full-function USB Type C ports with Thunderbolt 4, and a backlight keyboard with an optional embedded fingerprint reader.

2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise 514

The 2021 Acer Chromebook 514 (CB514-1W/CB514-1WT) is built around the 11th Gen Intel core processors, and MIL-STD810H rated for military-grade durability. On top of that, its touchpad is protected against scratches and corrosion with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass.

It supports the latest Intel Wi-Fi 6 wireless connectivity, and comes with two full-function USB Type C ports with Thunderbolt 4, a HDMI port and a backlight keyboard with an optional embedded fingerprint reader.

It also features a Full HD MIPI webcam, and speakers powered by a Smart Amplifier, with support for DTS Audio.

Its Chrome Enterprise operating system features integrated manageability features to help your company cut costs, streamline operations and reduce security risks by letting you deploy, update and manage all your devices remotely.

2021 Acer Chromebook Spin 713

The 2021 Acer Chromebook Spin 713 (CP713-3W) is the world’s first Intel Evo platform-verified Chromebook.

It features a premium aluminium chassis that is MIL-STD 810H rated for military-grade durability, in a convertible form factor. Its 13.5-inch VertiView display has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, giving you 18% more vertical screen space.

Built around the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it only weighs 1.37 kg and is less than 17 mm thick. Its fast-chargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours, and can get 4 hours of battery life with a quick 30 minute charge!

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713

The 2021 Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 (CP713-3W) is the world’s first Intel Evo platform-verified Chromebook with Chrome Enterprise manageability built-in.

It features a premium aluminium chassis that is MIL-STD 810H rated for military-grade durability, in a convertible form factor. Its 13.5-inch VertiView display has a resolution of 2256 x 1504, giving you 18% more vertical screen space.

Built around the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, it only weighs 1.37 kg and is less than 17 mm thick. Its fast-chargeable battery lasts up to 10 hours, and can get 4 hours of battery life with a quick 30 minute charge!

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : Specs + Price Comparison

Here is a quick specifications + price overview of the 2021 Acer Chromebook laptops :

Specifications Chromebook 314 Chromebook 317 Chromebook 514
Enterprise 514
Chromebook Spin 713
Enterprise Spin 713
Type Laptop Convertible Laptop
Size 14-inch 17.3-inch 14-inch 13.5-inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 2256 x 1504
Processor MediaTek MT8183 Intel Celeron 11th Gen Intel Core
Connectivity Wi-Fi 5 Wi-Fi 6
Battery Life 15 hours 10 hours
Weight 1.5 kg 2.4 kg 1.5 kg 1.37 kg
Starting Price USD 269.99
EUR 329
USD 379.99
EUR 399
USD 599.99
EUR 549
USD 699.99
EUR 769

 

2021 Acer Chromebook Laptops : Where To Buy?

Here are some online purchase options for the 2021 Acer Chromebook laptops (prices accurate as of 9 Nov 2021) :

United States

United Kingdom

Australia

Malaysia

 

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