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Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries?

Fact Check: Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries?

Did the UK government issue a shocking report on COVID-19 vaccine injuries, with many cases of blindnessstroke, spontaneous abortion and death?

Take a look at the shocking UK Yellow Card report, and find out what the FACTS really are!

This fact check was earlier posted in February 2021, and was updated and reposted after the same fake news recirculated again on WhatsApp.

 

Claim : Shocking UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries!

The Daily Expose UK posted an article called “SHOCKING! – Official Data on Adverse Reactions to Covid Vaccines release“.

It was reposted by Principia Scientific International as “UK Government Releases Shocking Report On COVID Vaccine Side Effects“, with a PDF version circulating on social media, or this message :

LATEST NEWS > > *As of 24/1/2021, out of the 5.4 millions UK people taken first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, 107 people died. 5 people are now blind, 21 suffered a stroke, 4 women suffered a miscarriage.

According to Daily Expose UK, the UK government report revealed that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused these injuries or adverse reactions :

  • 5 cases of blindness
  • 31 cases of visual impairment
  • 21 cerebrovascular accidents (stroke)
  • 4 spontaneous abortions (miscarriages)
  • 59 deaths
  • 7 sudden deaths
  • 69 reports of Bell’s palsy

Daily Expose UK also found that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine was responsible for two spontaneous abortions.

Take a minute to let the shock and horror pass, before you read on and find out what the facts really are…

 

UK Report On COVID Vaccine Injuries : The Facts

The Daily Expose UK and Principia Scientific are infamous for creating FAKE NEWS to generate page views and money.

The screenshots are indeed from a UK government report. However, the Daily Expose UK article intentionally misleads everyone on the TRUTH.

Here are the facts…

Fact #1 : It Was A Yellow Card Summary Report

The UK government report mentioned in the article was the weekly Yellow Card summary report (as of 27 January 2021).

As the name suggests, it is released on a weekly basis, and is otherwise not special in any sense.

Fact #2 : Anyone Can Report Anything On The Yellow Card Site

What the Daily Expose UK intentionally “neglected” to mention was that ANYONE from ANYWHERE can report ANYTHING on the Coronavirus Yellow Card reporting site.

You can report that the COVID-19 vaccine caused you all kinds of injuries, from giving you AIDS or brain cancer to killing you outright.

Heck, you can create a Yellow Card report even if you are NOT living in the UK, and have NOT actually received the vaccine!

Here are screenshots of us reporting that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine caused a leg fracture, that resulted in an abnormality in an unborn child!

This is how absurd the Yellow Card reporting system really is. No different from the US VAERS system really.

Read more : Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Fact #3 : Yellow Card Reports Are NOT Evidence Of Side Effects

Daily Expose UK also intentionally “neglected” to mention that Yellow Card reports are NOT evidence of actual adverse reactions.

The UK MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) which operates the Yellow Card programme stated very clearly that (with our emphasis) :

It is very important to note that a Yellow Card report does not necessarily mean the vaccine caused that reaction or event.

We ask for any suspicions to be reported, even if the reporter isn’t sure if it was caused by the vaccine. Reports to the scheme are known as suspected adverse reactions (ADRs).

Many suspected ADRs reported on a Yellow Card do not have any relation to the vaccine or medicine and it is often coincidental that they both occurred around the same time.

It is therefore important that the suspected ADRs described in this report are not interpreted as being proven side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #4 : Known Side Effects Are Mild / Inconsequential

Daily Expose UK also intentionally “failed to expose” the fact that the side effects of both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are mild and/or inconsequential.

Thanks to large trials involving over 100,000 people, scientists have determined that the side effects of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines for COVID-19 are mild and/or inconsequential.

The UK MHRA classified the known side effects into how commonly they occur, as follows :

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : pain at injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, fever
  • Common : injection site swelling, redness at injection site, nausea
  • Uncommon : enlarged lymph nodes, feeling unwell
  • Rare : temporary one-sided facial drooping (Bell’s palsy)
  • Very Rare : severe allergic reaction

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects

  • Very Common : tenderness, pain, warmth, redness, itching, swelling or bruising at injection site, generally felling unwell, feeling tired, chills, headache, nausea, joint pain or muscle ache
  • Common : a lump at injection site, fever, vomiting, flu-like symptoms
  • Uncommon : feeling dizzy, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, enlarged lymph nodes, sweating, itchy skin / rash

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Has Killed Over 2.4 Million People… So Far

Daily Expose and Principia Scientific are fretting over a hundred of so “reported deaths” in the UK Yellow Card database, that have NOT been proven to be caused by the vaccine.

We should point out that as of 26 November 2021, COVID-19 has killed :

  • Over 5.18 million people worldwide
  • Over 144,000 people in the UK

Those are real people who died from COVID-19. Real people with families who have to live with the loss.

Workers wearing protective gear bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island in New York City on April 9.

On the other hand, the COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and efficacious. They will prevent millions of people from unnecessarily dying from what is now a preventable disease.

Daily Expose UK and Principia Scientific, suicide is meant to be a SOLITARY hobby. It’s one thing to risk your own lives. Just don’t lure others to commit suicide with you!

 

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IPK Founder Choo Chuan Sin Died From Pfizer Booster Dose?

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

IN LOVING MEMORY
CHOO CHUAN SIN
1965 – 2021

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

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

Funeral will be on Thursday morning
November 25, 2021.

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

Thank you!

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

Reason #2 : Pfizer Vaccine Cannot Cause Lung Infection

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

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

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

Reason #3 : Pfizer Vaccine Does Not Contain Bacteria

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

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

Reason #4 : Mixing Vaccines Is Safe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

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

Don’t worry – CITF-B just issued their official recommendations on the BEST vaccine booster dose for you!

 

What Vaccine Has Been Approved As Booster Dose By CITF-B?

Currently, only three vaccines have been approved for use as a booster dose by CITF-B (COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force – Booster).

 

Official CITF-B Vaccine Booster Dose Recommendations!

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

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

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

Quick + Easy Summary

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

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

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

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

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Please note that all COVID-19 booster doses provided under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) are provided FREE of charge.

So please watch out for your booster dose appointment in MySejahtera, and get your FREE boost in your protection against COVID-19!

 

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RECoVaM Study Highlights How Well Covid-19 Vaccines Work!

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

 

RECoVaM Study : What Is It?

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

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

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

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

Let’s take a look at the results…

 

RECoVaM Study : The Good News

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

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of ICU Admissions

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

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

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Vaccines Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

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

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

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

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

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

Even Sinovac CoronaVac Prevented A LOT Of Deaths

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

And how do I know that?

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

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

Sinovac CoronaVac

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

Pfizer COMIRNATY

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

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

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

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

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

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

 

RECoVaM Study : The Bad News

Waning Effectiveness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Latest COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy In Malaysia Explained!

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

Why Should We Get It?

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

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

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

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

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

What Vaccines Have Been Approved As Booster Dose?

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

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

Pfizer Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

AstraZeneca Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Sinovac Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

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

Sinopharm Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Moderna Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

CanSino Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Janssen Recipients : What Vaccine Can You Use?

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

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

Who Can Receive It?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is COVID-19 Booster Dose Mandatory?

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

Is It Necessary To Be Fully-Vaccinated?

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

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

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

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

Do We Need To Pay?

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

How To Apply For COVID-19 Booster Dose?

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

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

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

 

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Should Malaysia Stop Giving Booster Dose To Save Lives?

Should Malaysia stop giving the COVID-19 booster dose to SAVE LIVES?

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

 

Claim : Malaysia Must Stop Giving COVID-19 Booster Dose To Save Lives!

This message, in English and Chinese versions, has gone viral on WhatsApp for several days now.

It claims that Malaysia is REQUIRED to immediately stop giving the COVID-19 booster dose to “prevent MILLIONS od deaths from vaccination”.

Shock! Horror! Outrage!

Note : You can just skip to the next section for the facts…

The Malaysian government is required to immediately stop the third dose of covid19 vaccination program to prevent millions of deaths from vaccination with covid19. The main reasons are as follows:

1) The FDA team (US Food and Drug Administration) rejected/disapproved of the Pfizer brand for the third dose of vaccination for people aged 16-65, because the Pfizer brand’s Covid19 injection vaccine and dose-2 vaccine are chronic liver diseases or even The cause of myocarditis caused death after injection of Pfizer brand covid19 vaccine (Misleading article link removed)

2) Sweden, Norway, and Finland have completely stopped vaccinating the modern vaccine brand of covid19 vaccine, because many boys and teenagers suffer from chronic diseases such as liver swelling and even myocarditis after being injected with the modern brand covid19 vaccine. This vaccine is the cause of death and the cause of chronic permanent diseases , Such as: paralysis, blindness, deafness, silence, cancer, brain damage, including non-educational diseases and Alzheimer’s disease (https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2477)

Translation and commentary by Norman Midi (November 14, 2021)

(Please share with everyone)

 

Truth : Malaysia Must KEEP Giving COVID-19 Booster Dose To Save Lives!

This is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS by anti-vaccination supporters, who are trying to scare people into NOT protecting themselves or their families against COVID-19.

Let me show you why they are misleading you with misinformation, and putting everyone’s lives at risk.

Fact #1 : FDA Did NOT Reject Booster Dose Over Myocarditis Risk

I actually wrote an article debunking the Gateway Pundit’s false claims that the FDA rejected the Pfizer booster dose over myocarditis risk.

Here is a short summary of the facts :

  • The Gateway Pundit is a well-known fake news website.
  • The risk of getting myocarditis is 850X higher with a COVID-19 infection, than with the adult dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
  • The FDA advisory panel voted to recommend the booster dose for frontliners, the elderly and people with co-morbidities.
  • The FDA advisory panel voted not to recommend the booster dose for younger adults because the original 2 doses were STILL EFFECTIVE against COVID-19.
  • The FDA ultimately approved the Pfizer booster dose for adults.

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

Fact #2 : Sweden, Norway, Finland Did NOT Stop Using Moderna Vaccine

The claim that Sweden, Norway and Finland have completely stopped using the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is FALSE.

Sweden

  • Sweden temporarily suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine for all people under 30, and decide later whether to resume using the Moderna vaccine.
  • Sweden is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine instead, to replace the Moderna vaccine.

Norway

  • Norway recommended that people under 18 should be offered the Pfizer vaccine, instead of the Moderna vaccine, even if they already received a first dose of the Moderna vaccine.
  • They also recommended that men under the age of 30 should consider taking the Pfizer vaccine, instead of the Moderna vaccine.
  • Norway continues to offer the Moderna vaccine to those who want it, even if they are under 18 or males under 30.
  • The Norwegian Institute of Public Health which made those recommendations pointed that :
    a) “the side effect is rare and the absolute risk is still low”, and that
    b) “those who are to be vaccinated in the future can in any case choose the type of vaccine they want, both as the first and second dose”.

Finland

  • Finland suspended the use of the Moderna vaccine only in men and boys under 30 years old.
  • Males under the age of 30 will be offered the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine instead.
  • Finland continues to offers the Moderna Spikevax vaccine to everyone aged 12 and over, except for males under the age of 30.

Fact #3 : Moderna + Pfizer Vaccines Are mRNA Vaccines

I should point out that both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines use mRNA technology to train our immune system to fight against COVID-19.

The very fact that all three Nordic countries mentioned in the fake news – Sweden, Norway and Finland – opted to switch from the Moderna to the Pfizer vaccine shows that the mRNA technology itself is not the issue.

Read more : Pfizer + Moderna mRNA Vaccines : How Do They Work?

Fact #4 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Cause Chronic Disease

Like other COVID-19 vaccines, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is really just a self-defence class for our immune system.

The vaccine itself does NOT float around in the body or get integrated into our DNA or cells. It teaches our immune system to identify the real SARS-CoV-2 virus, and learn how to make antibodies against it.

Therefore, it does NOT cause the chronic diseases listed in the fake news – paralysis, blindness, silence (what???), cancer, brain damage, non-educational diseases (what???) and Alzheimer’s disease.

In rare cases, it has been shown to cause myocarditis / pericarditis in young men, but that is NOT a chronic disease.

Fact #5 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Not Used In Malaysia

Malaysia granted conditional approval for the Moderna Spikevax vaccine on 5 August 2021.

However, as of 23 November 2021, the COVID-19 National Immunisation Programme (PICK) still does NOT use the Moderna Spikevax vaccine.

Therefore, the false claims that the Moderna vaccine is dangerous are completely IRRELEVANT.

Now that you know the truth, please help to stop the spread of fake news – SHARE this fact check with your family and friends!

Antivaxxers are NOT interested in the truth or fakes. They certainly do NOT care if your family or friends die from COVID-19.

Help us fight their misinformation, and help protect your family – get them vaccinated against COVID-19!

 

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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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Why COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Dates Keep Getting Extended!

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

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

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Date : Way Too Short

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

When properly stored, vaccines can last a long time. Most vaccines actually have an expiry date of about three years.

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

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

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Expiry Date Extension Is Normal

The ultra-short expiry dates for COVID-19 vaccines have led to criticism that excessive caution is leading to wastage.

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

The WHO has been urging countries to hold onto those “expired doses” while it is being assessed whether their shelf lives can be extended.

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

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

 

Which COVID-19 Vaccine Has Extended Expiry Date?

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

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

Pfizer-BioNTech COMIRNATY

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

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

Moderna Spikevax

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine remains with its original 6 month shelf life.

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

I will update this article when it is officially announced.

J&J Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson originally has a 3 month (90-day) shelf life. That was extended to 4.5 months (135 days) on 10 June 2021, and then 6 months (180 days) on 28 July 2021.

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

AstraZeneca Vaxzevria

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

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

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

Sinovac CoronaVac

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

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

Sinopharm BIBP

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

CanSino Convidecia

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

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

SII Covishield

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

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

Bharat Covaxin

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

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

Sputnik V

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Can You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

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

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

The updated answer is SOON, but not yet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Should You Get The Sinovac Booster Dose?

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

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

That very much depends on a number of factors.

Are You Allergic To The Pfizer Vaccine?

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

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

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

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

Are There Better Options?

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

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

And that was before it was tested against the highly-infectious Delta variant.

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

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

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

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

Sinovac / Sinopharm Should Require Three Doses Minimum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Are We Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine?

Are we being given EXPIRED doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?

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

 

Claim : We Are Being Given EXPIRED Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

This message is going viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) is giving people EXPIRED doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Yesterday I had my Pfizer booster at Pantai Hospital. I particularly wanted to know what was the expiry date of the vaccine they’re dosing. Checked the label on the vaccine bottle. It showed clearly 2/22.

I was later shocked to see what was written on the vaccination card. It stated 31/5/2022. I reprimanded the MO at the counter and querried her about the expiry date. She replied by showing me a letter sent out by KKM instructing all depts to extend the expiry date by 3 months.

Can you imagine that. They can even ignore and overule the recommendations of the vaccine manufacturer.

Amazing!

 

Truth : No One Is Getting Expired Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp.

No one is getting expired doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Had Not Expired

If you read the message carefully, the writer said that the Pfizer vaccine vial has an expiry date of 2/22. That means that vial will only “expire” at the end of February 2022.

The writer received his/her booster dose in November 2021. Therefore, the vaccine had NOT expired when it was administered.

In fact, the vaccine dose the writer received is at least 6 months away from its expiry date (see Fact #2).

Fact #2 : Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life Extended 3 Months

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : Expiry Date Refers To Recommended Shelf Life

On 16 November 2021, Malaysia officially announced the shelf life extension of both Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines. So this is not only official, it also extends to the Sinovac vaccine.

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

So please do NOT be alarmed if the dates on your vaccination card / certificate do NOT match what was printed on the vials.

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

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

Fact #4 : Expiry Date Refers To Recommended Shelf Life

The expiry date that was written in the COVID-19 vaccination card / certificate refers to the vaccine’s “recommended shelf life” of that specific vaccine batch.

Since the Pfizer vaccine’s recommended shelf life had been officially extended by 3 months, it is CORRECT for the doctor to use the new “expiry date” of May 2022, instead of what’s printed on the vial – February 2022.

Fact #5 : Expiry Date Is By Vaccine Batch

The expiry date changes with each batch of the COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of whether it’s from Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac.

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

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

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

 

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Did Statistics Prove That COVID-19 Is NOT Dangerous?

Is it true that statistics have proven that COVID-19 is NOT actually dangerous?

Take a look at the new viral COVID-19 message, and find out what the FACTS really are!

Updated @ 2021-11-15 : Updated the article with the 2021 version.

Originally posted @ 2021-06-11

 

Statistics Prove That COVID-19 Not Dangerous?

There are two versions of the new “statistics prove that COVID-19 is not dangerous” viral message.

One crafted with a pro China viewpoint, and the other with an anti-vaccination viewpoint. If you have seen them, just skip to the bottom for the facts.

Pro China Version


STATISTICS TO AMAZE YOU …

The number of deaths in the world in the last 3 months of 2020

314,687 : Corona virus
340,584 : Malaria
353,696 : suicide
393,479 : road accidents
240,950 : HIV
558,471 : alcohol
816,498 : smoking
1,167,714: Cancer

Then do you think Corona is dangerous?

Anti Vaccination Version

STATISTICS TO AMAZE YOU …

The number of deaths in the world in the last 3 months of 2020 / 2021

314,687 : Corona virus
340,584 : Malaria
353,696 : suicide
393,479 : road accidents
240,950 : HIV
558,471 : alcohol
816,498 : smoking
1,167,714: Cancer

2019: estimated 1.8M TB deaths
2020: estimated 1.4M TB deaths

Do you now think Corona is dangerous?

 

Facts : Misleading Statistics, COVID-19 Is Dangerous!

This is yet another piece of FAKE NEWS, using statistics to fool you into thinking that COVID-19 is not dangerous.

Here is what you need to know about these statistics…

Fact #1 : The Statistics Are Not Accurate

The statistics quoted in the viral messages are not accurate. For example :

  • 1.2 million people died from tuberculosis in 2019 (WHO)
  • WHO has yet to release their report on how many people died from tuberculosis in 2020

It is also odd that the fake news creator quoted deaths in the last 3 months of 2020 / 2021 when health authorities generally release mortality data annually.

The statistics also remained the same when this fake news was “updated” for 2021. The latest version actually claims that the (unchanged) numbers are from “the last 3 months of 2021” when it’s only November 2021!

Fact #2 : Statistics Don’t Matter If You Compare Apple To Orange

The fake news creator threw out so many numbers to confuse you. They are also irrelevant because they are comparing completely different things.

For example, COVID-19 is an highly-infectious disease, but cancer is not. Your friends can give you COVID-19, but not cancer.

Similarly, you can infect your elderly parents with COVID-19, but you cannot infect them with the “need” to speed and run red lights.

So don’t fall for this fake equivalence. Dying from COVID-19 is avoidable – all you have to do is get vaccinated. It’s that simple!

Fact #3 : Excess Mortality Shows COVID-19 Effect On Deaths

One way to see the “effect” of COVID-19 on the natural death rate from the usual diseases that kill us is to look at Excess Mortality.

As you can see, the United States suffered approximately 360,000 extra deaths from 26 January to 3 October 2020 than the 5-year average (2015 to 2019).

That excess mortality gives you an idea of how dangerous COVID-19 really is.

Fact #4 : Over 5 Million Deaths From COVID-19

It’s not even the end of 2021, and we have already recorded over 5.1 million deaths out of 253 million COVID-19 cases (as of 15 November 2021).

That’s a mortality rate of 2% – 2 out of every 100 people infected has died. And that’s 5.1 million people who did not have to die in the last 2 years.

Fact #5 : COVID-19 Mortality Increases When Hospitals Are Overloaded

The mortality rate of COVID-19 varies widely from 0.25% to 10%, with an average of about 2.2% (as of 11 June 2021).

That’s because COVID-19 mortality rate is highly dependent on whether people who suffer from moderate to severe disease have access to medical treatment, including ICUs and respirators.

The mortality rate quickly ramps up when hospitals run out of ICUs, respirators and/or oxygen supply. That was what happened when hospitals in India were overwhelmed by a massive surge of COVID-19 cases.

Mass cremations of COVID-19 deaths in India

If all 7.674 billion people in the world gets infected with COVID-19, the mortality rate will likely reach 10% because there are simply not enough hospitals, ICUs and respirators.

That will mean that at least 767 MILLION people will die – everyone of them someone’s father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter.

That’s why lockdowns and vaccines are needed to break the chain of infection, and prevent the overloading of hospitals.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Originated In China

Despite what Sinophiles and China have suggested, COVID-19 originated in China. This is a statement of fact, not an invitation to blame China or the Chinese people.

It is therefore wrong for anyone to suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic was planned in order to discredit China, or take over companies, or any such nonsense.

Fact #7 : Sleep + Deep Breathing Won’t Prevent COVID-19

The suggestion that getting enough sleep and plenty of deep breathing will prevent COVID-19 is not only utter nonsense, it’s dangerous advice.

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which is highly-contagious. It is also a completely new virus, so our bodies have NO DEFENCES against it.

There is also NO TREATMENT for COVID-19, no matter what you see on social media about ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, as of 11 June 2021.

Homeopathy, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine also DO NOT WORK against COVID-19, as of 11 June 2021.

That’s why it is important to get vaccinated – COVID-19 vaccines are currently the only PROVEN WAY to protect ourselves against COVID-19.

 

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Did Pfizer Add Heart Attack Drug To COVID Vaccine For Kids?

Did Pfizer secretly add a heart attack drug, tromethamine (Tris), into 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 Added Heart Attack Drug To COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids!

The Alex Jones Show, The Expose UK, Infowars, and Natural News are pushing a new claim – that Pfizer secretly added a heart attack drug to their newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine for kids!

They are suggesting that Pfizer added the drug, Tris, 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.

 

Truth : Pfizer Did NOT Add Heart Attack Drug 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 add any heart attack drug 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 : COVID-19 Causes More Myocarditis / Pericarditis Than Vaccines

The paediatric Pfizer vaccine has, SO FAR, not caused any case of myocarditis or pericarditis, but the sample size is currently too small to know for certain.

The adult dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has a rare risk of causing myocarditis or pericarditis in adolescents and young males.

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!

Fact #2 : 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 #3 : Tris 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.

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

Fact #4 : Tris 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 : Tris Is Used To Stabilise Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine

In the new paediatric version of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Tris replaced phosphate-buffered saline, thereby allowing the vaccine to be stored in a normal refrigerator at 2-8°C for up to 10 weeks.

It isn’t even a secret, as Pfizer openly pointed this out in the VRBPAC Briefing Document for their newly-approved paediatric COVID-19 vaccine.

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.

The change in buffer is not considered clinically significant.

Pfizer will also use this Tris buffer in updated versions of its COVID-19 vaccine for adults and adolescents.

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 : Only 0.15 mg Of Tris 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 Tris / Tromethamine in a single shot. There is 6X more sodium chloride (0.9 mg) than Tris 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.

 

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

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

Here is what you need to know…

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

COVID-19 Booster Dose For Adults : A Quick Primer

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Malaysia To Vaccinate Children Under 12 Only In 2022!

Even though the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for children under 12, Malaysia will only be able to vaccinate them in 2022!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Malaysia To Vaccinate Children Under 12 Only In 2022!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

This came after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

Almost immediately, parents rushed to register their children under 12 using an existing MySejahtera hack.

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

However, on 11 November 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) said that they only expect to start vaccinating children under 12 in 2022.

The ministry was responding to a query by the Member of Parliament Wong Chen (PH-Subang) who wanted to know about the ministry’s plan to vaccinate children under 12.

In their written reply to the Parliament, the Ministry of Health said that only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is available for use in children below 12, and is awaiting regulatory approval from the European Union and the United States.

Pfizer is also expected to submit data related to the vaccine registration for use in children below 12 by the end of this year to the NPRA (National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency) for evaluation and approval.

That is actually not accurate. The US FDA approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in children under 12 on 29 October 2021.

The United States started vaccinating children under 12 in early November, with 360,000 children receiving their first shots by the first week.

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

 

What Malaysia Will Use To Vaccinate Children Under 12

Currently, the only vaccine to be approved for use in children under 12 is the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

This is a lower-dose paediatric version of the COMIRNATY mRNA vaccine, with improved formulation :

  • Each dose is only 10 micrograms – ⅓ of the dose used for adults and adolescents.
  • It is a slightly smaller 0.2 ml intramuscular injection.
  • Vaccine dose interval remains at 21 days between Dose 1 and Dose 2.
  • Proven in Phase 3 trial to be 90.7% efficacious in preventing COVID-19 infections.
  • Proven to produce high neutralising antibodies against the Delta variant.
  • The improved formulation allows for the vaccine to be kept in a normal refrigerator for up to 10 weeks.

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

 

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

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

 

US International Travel Ban Lifted On 8 November 2021!

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

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

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

 

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

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

Who Must Be Fully-Vaccinated

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

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

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

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

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

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

Single Dose Vaccine

  • Johnson & Johnson Janssen

2-Dose Vaccines

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

Proof Of Vaccination

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

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

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

Verifiable Records (Digital / Paper)

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

Non-Verifiable Paper Records

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

Non-Verifiable Digital Records

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

Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test

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

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

Fully-Vaccinated Travellers

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

Travellers Who Are NOT Fully-Vaccinated

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

Travellers Who Recently Recovered From COVID-19

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

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

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

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

 

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Did Ivermectin Reduce 70% Covid-19 Deaths In I-TECH Trial?

Did ivermectin reduce COVID-19 deaths by an incredible 70% in the I-TECH study?

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

 

Claim : Ivermectin Reduced 70% Of COVID-19 Deaths!

A Google doctor called Jacinta Lee recently called the Malaysia Director-General a liar, and claimed that ivermectin reduced COVID-19 deaths by 70% in the I-TECH study!

Her post is long, so just skip to the next section for the facts…

Malaysian Ivermectin Trial Shows a 70% of Reduction in Deaths

HISHAM TIPU APA HARI INI (WHAT HISHAM LIED ABOUT TODAY)

MOH’s sham ivermectin trial has concluded and a brilliant mind (Steve Kirsch) has analysed the result. (He has a lottt of interesting stuff on his page, go check it out. You may have seen his presentation in the FDA hearing on C19 vaxs.) See Siong sent the study results to Steve, and Matthew Ooi discovered the analysis and sent it to me.

This is what he found:

Ivermectin group: 3 deaths out of 241 patients (1.2%)
Standard treatment group: 10 deaths out of 249 patients (4%)

Risk reduction for deaths: 69%, p=0.09

That’s 3.3 times more patients in the control group who died, compared to those in the ivermectin group.

 

Truth : Ivermectin Did NOT Reduce 70% Od COVID-19 Deaths

As expected, ivermectin proponents refuse to accept yet another study that disproves their belief, and unsurprisingly, they cherry-picked the data to push their belief.

We cannot jump to the conclusion that ivermectin prevents deaths, merely because fewer people died in IVM group, compared to the SOC group, because…

  • The mortality data was reverse-engineered, so it could possibly be different from the actual I-TECH data.
  • Ivermectin was only given for 5 days, so 28-day mortality data is misleading and irrelevant
  • It does not make sense that MORE people on ivermectin develop severe COVID-19, but fewer die.
  • All other clinical findings were similar, with no significant differences.
  • People will die, with or without COVID-19.

For a more in-depth explanation, here are the reasons why Google doctor Jacinta Lee is wrong in her opinions and conclusion…

Fact #1 : KKM Did Not Release Full I-TECH Data

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) which conducted the I-TECH study did not release the study data.

They only released some results from the study, which I compiled them in this table.

You will notice that they didn’t release the data for a slew of results that were deemed “not significant”, not just the 28-day mortality data.

I-TECH Study Findings Results Significance
Symptom Recovery by Day 5 Very similar Not significant (p=0.77)
Progress to Severe COVID-19 IVM : 21.2%
SOC : 17.3%
SOC : -3.9 points
Not significant (p=0.30)
Time to Severe COVID-19 IVM : 3 days (±2.3)
SOC : 2.9 days
(±1.8)
IVM : +0.1 day
Not significant (p=0.68)
ICU Admission NA Not significant
Mechanical Ventilation NA Not significant
Symptom Recovery NA Not significant
Blood Parameters NA Not significant
Chest X-Ray Resolution NA Not significant
Adverse Events 3X more in IVM group Significant
28-Day Mortality NA Not significant (p=0.09)

Fact #2 : Steve Kirsch’s Data Was Not From KKM

When asked how Steve Kirsch obtained the I-TECH study’s mortality results, Jacinta claimed that he sourced it from the official KKM press release. That’s not true.

Steve Kirsch also quoted that official KKM press release as his source in his C19Ivermectin article on the I-TECH study.

That’s not possible, because KKM never released the full 28-day mortality data. The data was also not released in the ClinicalTrials.gov website.

Fact #3 : You Don’t Need A Team To Reverse-Engineer The Data…

Even though KKM did not release the full mortality data, they gave us enough clues to reverse-engineer the “missing data”.

Jacinta claimed that “Steve’s people managed to reverse-engineer it from the statistics numbers. Damn great minds. I really take my hat off to them.

The truth is – it doesn’t require a team of great minds. Heck, I did it myself in less than 10 minutes, and so can you too. Just follow my guide!

Read more : How To Reverse-Engineer “Missing” I-TECH Ivermectin Data?

Fact #4 : Reverse-Engineering No Guarantee Of Accuracy

I replicated Steve Kirsch’s reverse-engineering “magic” and can confirm that based on KKM’s publicly released data, it is “high likely” that :

  • 3 out of 241 people in the IVM group died during 28 days of the trial
  • 10 out of 249 people in the SOC group died during 28 days of the trial

However, the P-ratio is quite different from what KKM reported. So it is POSSIBLE that there are fewer people in the IVM group, and more people in the SOC group.

You can read more about this “problem” in the Adjust The Group Sizes section of my I-TECH data reverse-engineering guide.

We will not know for sure until KKM releases the full set of data, which they promised to submit for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Fact #5 : 28-Day Mortality Results Are Misleading

If you look at the I-TECH study parameters, you will realise that it was NOT designed to test ivermectin’s effect on mortality.

The IVM group patients were given ivermectin for only 5 days, and not throughout the 28-day study.

Ivermectin has a plasma half-life of only 18 hours, which means the patients would have little to no ivermectin in their body by the 8th day of the study!

Therefore, the 28-day lower mortality trend that KKM announced is actually misleading and irrelevant, because ivermectin would have little to no effect beyond the first 5-8 days.

When the I-TECH study data is finally published, it would be interesting to see the Day 7 mortality numbers. The 28-day mortality is IRRELEVANT since they only gave ivermectin for 5 days.

Read more : I-TECH Study : Does Ivermectin Work Against COVID-19?

Fact #6 : MORE People On Ivermectin Developed Severe COVID-19

It should be pointed out that ivermectin did not help prevent people from developing severe COVID-19.

In the I-TECH study, 21.2% of the ivermectin group (~52 people) developed severe COVID-19, while only 17.3% of people on standard care (~42 people) developed severe COVID-19.

That’s a 3.9 point (10 person) difference, which may seem like quite a big deal, but was still judged as “not significant”.

But how likely is it that MORE people on ivermectin developed severe COVID-19, but fewer of them died?

Fact #7 : There Were No Difference In Other Clinical Criteria

Ivermectin proponents have been loudly claiming that ivermectin works best as an early COVID-19 treatment, but have been very quiet about the fact that the I-TECH trial showed NO SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE in other clinical criteria :

  • Complete symptom recovery
  • Symptom recovery by Day 5
  • Progress to severe COVID-19
  • Time to severe COVID-19
  • ICU admission
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Blood parameters
  • Chest x-ray resolution

Does it make sense that ivermectin FAILED to work while the patients were still Category 2 or 3, but somehow reduces their mortality without any change in their risk for ICU admission, mechanical ventilation or even blood test results?

That brings us to the next point – human beings can die at any time, with or without COVID-19…

Read more : Why Dr. Pierre Kory Got COVID-19 Despite Taking Ivermectin!

 

Fact #8 : People WILL Die, With Or Without COVID-19

The I-TECH study appears to be focused on looking at whether ivermectin can prevent people from developing severe COVID-19.

Hence, they specifically targeted patients who were 50 years or older with co-morbidities and Category 2 or 3 COVID-19, who are most likely to develop severe COVID-19.

However, these are also people who are most likely to die of natural causes, or COVID-19.

Malaysia has a crude death rate of 5.1 per thousand population, and approximately 1.2% of COVID-19 patients die in Malaysia.

So in a normal population, at least 8 out of 490 people would have been expected to die during that 28-day trial period – 2 from natural causes, 6 from COVID-19.

In the I-TECH study population of 50+ year-old patients with co-morbidities, it is not surprising to see 13 deaths. In fact, we should expect 4-5 deaths just from natural causes.

If someone in the control group dies from a heart attack or a stroke – two common causes of death for that age group – does that mean ivermectin protects against heart attack / stroke? Of course, not.

Participants in the ivermectin (IVM) and control (SOC) groups have also been randomly selected, so it is possible that the control group has older patients, or patients with more debilitating co-morbidities.

That’s why it is important to determine if a clinical finding is statistically significant, if their deaths cannot be directly ruled out as due to natural causes.

As the KKM press release stated, while there was a trend of reduced 28-day mortality, but it was NOT statistically significant (p=0.09).

They had the results independently analysed, but even those two scientists were not able to determine if mortality was indeed reduced.

 

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How To Reverse-Engineer “Missing” I-TECH Ivermectin Data?

Ivermectin proponents are claiming that KKM hid some data in their I-TECH ivermectin study.

Find out if that’s true, and how you too can reverse-engineer the “missing” data!

 

Claim : I-TECH Ivermectin Mortality Data Missing!

On 4 Novembre 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) released a summary of their I-TECH ivermectin study. It was immediately panned by ivermectin proponents, because it showed that ivermectin had no clinical benefit.

Soon after, they began to claim that KKM hid some data in their I-TECH ivermectin study, particularly the mortality data. Some even accused the Health Director-General, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah of lying.

Malaysian Ivermectin Trial Shows a 70% of Reduction in Deaths

HISHAM TIPU APA HARI INI (WHAT HISHAM LIED ABOUT TODAY)

MOH’s sham ivermectin trial has concluded and a brilliant mind (Steve Kirsch) has analysed the result.

The number of deaths in both groups is not stated in Hisham’s press release (why did he hide this???) but Steve’s people managed to reverse-engineer it from the statistics numbers. Damn great minds. I really take my hat off to them.

 

Did KKM Hide I-TECH Ivermectin Mortality Data?

It is true that the Malaysia Ministry of Health press release did not include details of the difference in mortality between the two groups.

However, it is false to claim that they lied, or are trying to hide the mortality data, because :

  1. The press release specifically mentioned that “there was a trend of reduced 28-day mortality, but it was not statistically significant (p=0.09).
  2. They sought independent analysis of the mortality results, but even the two experts could NOT determine if mortality was indeed reduced, due to the few deaths in this study.
  3. They released some data on the mortality of the study participants :
    13 deaths out of 490 participants, at the end of 28 days
    – the ivermectin group had lower mortality, OR 0.30 [95% CI 0.08-1.11]; p=0.09

It seems obvious that they wanted to avoid misinterpretation of the mortality data. I will explain and show you why that’s the case in a separate article after this.

 

How To Reverse-Engineer “Missing” I-TECH Ivermectin Data?

The mortality of each group can be, and have apparently been, reverse-engineered from the data above, which ivermectin proponents are claiming is incredibly difficult.

  • to make it look like there is a malicious attempt at hiding the truth
  • to make themselves look smarter than the real scientists and doctors

That’s not true at all. I reverse-engineered the data in less than 10 minutes, and so can you!

Let me show you how…

Prepare Known Data

First, list down what KKM publicly released in their summary of the I-TECH study results.

Total Study Participants : 490
Deaths After 28 Days : 13
Fewer people died in IVM group, compared to SOC group

OR 0.30 [95% CI 0.08-1.11]; p=0.09

Odds Ratio : 0.30
95% Confidence Interval : 0.08 to 1.11
P-value : 0.09

Use An Odds Ratio Calculator

Next, use an Odds Ratio calculator to reverse-engineer the study numbers, by simply filling in four numbers :

a = number of people who died in IVM group
b = number of people who survived in IVM group
c = number of people who died in SOC group
d = number of people who survived in SOC group

Start by assuming that there are equal number of people (245) in both groups, and since fewer people in the IVM group died, start by testing the 6-7 ratio (see first screenshot below).

Then work backwards until you see the results match the publicly-released KKM data – OR 0.30 [95% CI 0.08-1.11]; p=0.09.

You will only need FOUR tries :

  • 6-7 ratio : OR = 0.85
  • 5-8 ratio : OR = 0.63
  • 4-9 ratio : OR = 0.45
  • 3-10 ratio : OR = 0.30 (we have a winner!)

See? That didn’t take more than 2-3 minutes, did it?

Adjust The Group Sizes

But the 3-10 ratio with equal group sizes have a problem – the P-value is 0.06, not 0.09.

It would appear that there are fewer people in the IVM group, so this is the time to adjust the group sizes (b and d) further (without changing a and c).

  • 242-235 ratio : P=0.0635
  • 241-236 ratio : P=0.0653
  • 240-237 ratio : P=0.0672
  • 239-238 ratio : P=0.0691
  • 238-239 ratio : P=0.0710 (closest to OR 0.30 95% CI 0.08-1.11)
  • 237-240 ratio : P=0.0730
  • 236-241 ratio : P=0.0751
  • 235-242 ratio : P=0.0772
  • 234-243 ratio : P=0.0793
  • 233-244 ratio : P=0.0815
  • 232-245 ratio : P=0.0837
  • 231-246 ratio : P=0.0860 (closest to P=0.09)

Now we derive two results. The first is closest to the KKM results, but with P=0.07 (not P=0.09). See second screenshot above.

The second is the closest we can get to P=0.09 – with slightly different results of OR 0.32, 95% CI 0.09-1.12

This shows the limitation of reverse engineering, and why it is still best to obtain the actual data.

Fortunately, the Malaysia Ministry of Health is in the process of submitting the I-TECH study data for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. So we will eventually have the actual mortality results.

But I hope that you learned something new from this guide, at least come away with the understanding that there is nothing magical about this. It’s really just science and math.

 

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Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded to Phase 4, together with a slew of PPN SOP changes!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah + Kedah Upgraded To Phase 4!

On 5 November 2021, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri, announced that :

  • Perlis, Perak, Penang, Sabah and Kedah will be upgraded from Phase 3 to Phase 4

These PPN phase changes will take effect on Monday, 8 November 2021.

This change will leave just two states under Phase 3 – Sarawak and Kelantan.

Read more : National Recovery Plan Phase 4 SOP : 24 October Edition!

The Malaysia National Security Council (MKN) also announced these PPN SOP changes :

Port Klang Vaccination Program For Ship Crew

Ship crew under the Klang port authority wlll be allowed to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when their ship docks at Port Klang.

This is subject to approval by the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM), Marine Department Malaysia (JKM) and the Immigration Department of Malaysia (JIM).

The COVID-19 vaccination will be conducted onboard their ship, to avoid transporting the crew members to a clinic or medical facility.

Stadium Access For Fully-Vaccinated Adolescents

From Monday, 8 November 2021 onwards, fully-vaccinated adolescents (12-17 years-old) will also be allowed to enter stadiums and all sports facilities, in addition to fully-vaccinated adults.

Children who are NOT fully-vaccinated or only partially-vaccinated are NOT allowed to enter stadiums, including all sports facilities.

Eating and drinking at stadiums are still NOT ALLOWED.

Switch From Hotel To Private Quarantine Station

From Friday, 12 November 2021 onwards, the Malaysian government will switch from using quarantine hotels to using private quarantine facilities.

The quarantine management cost of RM2,600 for each foreign traveller will be abolished.

However, the quarantine rate charge by the quarantine station will remain at the same maximum rate of RM150 per person per day.

The quarantine charges for SEVEN (7) groups of Malaysian citizens will be WAIVED and paid for by the government.

The repeat COVID-19 screening test for these travellers will be coordinated by the Malaysia Ministry of Health through the State / District Health Office.

 

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Can You Take Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines At The Same Time?

Is it safe to take the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time? Or should you wait between each shot?

Find out what the LATEST health advisory is on getting the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Why Take Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines At The Same Time?

Flu viruses mutate very quickly, so an annual flu vaccine is necessary to protect against the latest variants.

As it so happens, the 2021-2022 seasonal flu vaccine is being administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

There are some advantages in getting both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time (co-administration) :

  • Convenience : It’s more convenient to get both shots in the same visit, saving you a trip to the hospital / clinic and waiting for your shot.
  • Saves Money : If you have to pay for the flu and/or COVID-19 vaccines, getting them together may save you money since the doctor can administer them in the same visit. Even if they are both free, you save the expense of another trip to the hospital / clinic.
  • Shorter Downtime : You will usually experience some side effects like fever, headache and muscle ache for a day or two with each vaccination. It would be better to undergo that once, instead of twice.

But people are naturally worried that the flu and COVID-19 vaccines should not be mixed, and taking them at the same time could be dangerous, or at least cause more severe side effects.

Let’s find out if that’s true…

 

Should You Take Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines At The Same Time?

At least two studies have shown that taking the flu and COVID-19 vaccines together is both safe and effective.

The ComFluCOV study, for example, showed that there was no significant difference in side effects or efficacy of both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

The Novavax study showed that there was no difference in side effects when both vaccines were taken at the same time, but there was a slight reduction in efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine (from 89.8% to 87.5%).

What those studies tell us is that it is safe to take both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time, and they remain effective.

But either choice is really fine. If you are more comfortable taking them separately, then take them separately. But if you prefer to take them together, go on right ahead.

The key thing is to protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated against both seasonal flu (influenza) and COVID-19.

 

What Experts Say About Taking Flu + COVID-19 Vaccines Together?

When the COVID-19 vaccines first came out, health authorities recommended taking them on their own, and taking the flu vaccine at least two weeks later.

This recommendation was out of abundance of caution, and not due to any known risks of taking them both at the same time.

After millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered, health authorities now know more about their safety profiles and have updated their guidance accordingly.

US CDC

On 14 May 2021, the US CDC updated their guidance on the co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines with other vaccines, which includes the flu vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines may be administered without regard to timing of other vaccines. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines on the same day.

If multiple vaccines are administered at a single visit, administer each injection in a different injection site.

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

American Academic of Paediatrics

On 14 May 2021, the American Academic of Paediatrics said that it supports giving childhood vaccines (including the seasonal flu vaccine) together with the COVID-19 vaccine.

UK JCVI

On 14 September 2021, the UK Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) announced that :

[C]o-administration of the influenza and COVID-19 vaccines is generally well tolerated with no reduction in immune response to either vaccine. Therefore, the two vaccines may be co-administered where operationally practical.

WHO

On 21 October 2021, the WHO issued interim guidance on this issue, stating that :

WHO considers that coadministration of an inactivated seasonal influenza vaccine and any dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is acceptable, given that the known risk of serious illness for adults infected with influenza virus or SARS-CoV-2 is substantial.

Australian Department of Health

On 9 June 2021, the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation issued updated advice on administering the flu and COVID-19 vaccines.

Instead of a 14-day gap between the two doses, they are recommending a shorter 7-day gap. But they also stated that an even shorter gap, or administering them at the same time is also acceptable.

The preferred minimum interval between a dose of influenza vaccine and a dose of either Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is now 7 days (previously 14 days).

In some situations a shorter interval (including co-administration) is acceptable.

 

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I-TECH Study : Does Ivermectin Work Against COVID-19?

Take a look at the I-TECH ivermectin trial results summary, and find out if ivermectin works against COVID-19!

 

I-TECH Study : Multi-Centre Ivermectin Trial Vs. COVID-19

On 6 June 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Health started an Ivermectin trial for high-risk COVID-19 patients called the I-TECH (Ivermectin Treatment Efficacy in COVID-19 High-Risk Patients) Study.

The I-TECH Study was a multi-centre open-label randomised controlled trial approved by the Medical Research and Ethics Committee (MREC), and registered in the Clinical Trials database as NCT04920942.

The trial was conducted by the Institute for Clinical Research (ICR), together with infectious disease physicians and clinicians at 20 government hospitals and the MAEPS 2.0 Quarantine and COVID-19 Treatment Centre.

500 patients were recruited for the I-TECH study, with four excluded for not meeting the study criteria and six withdrawing after expressing concerns about ivermectin’s side effects.

  • patients who were 50 years and above, with co-morbidities were selected
  • patients had to be hospitalised, with Stage 2 / 3 (mild to moderate) COVID-19
  • patients were randomised at a 1:1 ratio to :
    a) IVM group receiving ivermectin + standard of care
    b) SOC group receiving only standard of care
  • IVM group patients received 2X the standard dose of ivermectin (0.4 mg/kg/day) for 5 days

The last patient was recruited on 9 October 2021, and the follow-up ended on 25 October 2021.

 

I-TECH Study Results : Does Ivermectin Work Against COVID-19?

Here is a summary of the I-TECH study results that were announced by the Malaysia Ministry of Health :

  • Ivermectin did not prevent patients from progressing to severe COVID-19
  • Ivermectin did not delay the progression to severe COVID-19
  • Patients on ivermectin complained of 3X more adverse events
  • The most common ivermectin side effect was diarrhoea
  • There was no difference between the two groups in terms of ICU admission, mechanical ventilation, symptom recovery, blood parameters and chest x-ray resolution.
  • The rate of full symptom recovery by Day 5 was very similar between the two groups
  • There was a trend of reduced 28-day mortality, but it was not statistically significant (p=0.09).
    Independent analysis was not able to determine if mortality was indeed reduced, due to the few deaths in this study (13 out of 490).

For those who prefer their results in tabular form, I summarised their results in this table :

Study Findings Results Significance
Symptom Recovery by Day 5 Very similar Not significant (p=0.77)
Progress to Severe COVID-19 IVM : 21.2%
SOC : 17.3%
SOC : -3.9 points
Not significant (p=0.30)
Time to Severe COVID-19 IVM : 3 days (±2.3)
SOC : 2.9 days
(±1.8)
IVM : +0.1 day
Not significant (p=0.68)
ICU Admission NA Not significant
Mechanical Ventilation NA Not significant
Symptom Recovery NA Not significant
Blood Parameters NA Not significant
Chest X-Ray Resolution NA Not significant
Adverse Events 3X more in IVM group Significant
Mortality NA Not significant (p=0.09)

As a result of ivermectin’s lack of effect on the 490 patients in the I-TECH study, the Malaysia Ministry of Health sites that :

  • The outcome of the I-TECH study shows that ivermectin does not reduce risk of severe illness from COVID-19
  • Ivermectin cannot be recommended for inclusion in current COVID-19 treatment guidelines
  • The MOH will continue with prior advice that ivermectin only be used within clinical trials settings with monitoring.

The Ministry of Health also pointed out the I-TECH study findings are supported by other recent large ivermectin studies like IVERCOR-COVID19 from Argentina and the TOGETHER trial from Brazil.

The I-TECH team will submit their data for publication in a peer-reviewed journal to help provide additional research information for ivermectin studies, including meta-analyses.

Finally, the Malaysia Ministry of Health cautioned medical practitioners NOT to recommend ivermectin, including sharing illegal advertising or sale of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19.

I should point out that individuals or companies that sell illegal ivermectin can face fines of up to RM100,000 and/or 5 years of prison.

Read more : Illegal Ivermectin Sale : Up to RM50K Fine + 5 Years Jail!

 

How Do I-TECH Study Results Compare With Other Ivermectin Studies?

The Malaysia Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah also shared an updated meta-analysis of ivermectin trials, including the new I-TECH study results, but removing three fraudulent studies – Elgazzar, Okomus and Niaee.

Results towards the left suggest a clinical benefit for ivermectin. In this case, Dr. Noor Hisham used the study’s most promising result – post-study mortality, but even that did not reach clinical significant (p<0.05)

You can also see the results of the TOGETHER trial from Brazil, and IVERCOR-COVID19 (Vallejos) trial that Dr. Noor Hisham mentioned just above the I-TECH results.

Taken in totality, the updated meta-analysis show that the clinical effect of ivermectin on COVID-19 patients is NOT SIGNIFICANT enough to warrant being used as a treatment.

 

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Did FDA Panel Reject Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis?

Did the US FDA panel reject the Pfizer booster dose for those who are 16-65 years old over increased risk of myocarditis / pericarditis?

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

 

Gateway Pundit : FDA Panel Rejected Pfizer Booster Dose Over Myocarditis!

The notorious fake news website, The Gateway Pundit, is at it again, this time posting fake news that the FDA panel rejected the Pfizer booster dose for those who are 16-65 years old over increased risk of myocarditis / pericarditis.

Originally posted on 17 September 2021, this piece of fake news has been repetitively shared on WhatsApp and Facebook.

What The Gateway Pundit posted is a long read, so just skip to the next section for the FACTS…

On Friday, Biden’s vaccination plan hit a major roadblock after an FDA advisory panel declined to endorse authorization the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid booster shot for people aged 16 or older.

The 18 member group of influential experts was tasked with deciding if Pfizer’s latest clinical trials had provided adequate results that demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of their booster shot.

Unsurprisingly, the results did not make the cut, not even close.

The panel voted 16-2 to reject extra doses of experimental vaccine, citing insufficient data from incomplete clinical trials and the potential risk of heart inflammation – especially among young men. 

 

FDA Panel Rejected Pfizer Booster Dose Because It Was Not Needed Yet

The truth is – the FDA panel rejected the Pfizer booster dose, because they felt that the Pfizer vaccine was still effective and a booster was NOT NEEDED YET.

Here are the facts, and the reasons why it’s just fake news by The Gateway Pundit…

Fact #1 : The Gateway Pundit Is Notorious For Fake News

The Gateway Pundit is notorious for creating and propagating fake news and conspiracy theories.

The Gateway Pundit has been identified by the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology as a website that “primarily propagates fake news“.

CNN calls it “prone to peddling conspiracy theories“, while Newsweek straight up calls it “a fake news website“.

Even though it started out as a far-right political website, The Gateway Pundit joined LifeSiteNews and Natural News in peddling health-related fake news to cash in on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everything that The Gateway Pundit posts should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

Fact #2 : Higher Risk Of Myocarditis With COVID-19 Infection

What The Gateway Pundit knew but did not mention was the fact that there is a MUCH HIGHER RISK of getting myocarditis with a COVID-19 infection, than with the Pfizer vaccine.

The Gateway Pundit article even used this ultrasound image that was clearly labelled “Myocarditis Heart Failure From COVID-19” as their feature image!

For a better perspective of the risk of developing myocarditis, here is a comparison table that I created :

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 you get infected with COVID-19, compared to getting the Pfizer vaccine.

There is no doubt that The Gateway Pundit is fully aware of that fact. They just don’t care about the truth, or your life. They are only interested in spreading misinformation.

Fact #3 : FDA Panel Rejected Pfizer Booster Dose Because It Was Not Needed Yet

On 17 September 2021, the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee met to discuss the data on the Pfizer booster dose.

They voted 16-2 not to recommend the blanket use of Pfizer booster dose for individuals age 16 years or older because :

  • the primary series of 2 vaccine doses is still effective against COVID-19.

The panel said that the US and Israel calculate COVID-19 illness differently, and the Israeli data showed that the vaccine’s protection against serious illness remained strong after six months.

“I don’t think a booster dose is going to significantly contribute to controlling the pandemic,” said Dr. Cody Meissner of Tufts University. “And I think it’s important that the main message we transmit is that we’ve got to get everyone two doses.”

  • it was more important to focus on vaccinating the unvaccinated.

Dr. Amanda Cohn of the CDC said, “At this moment it is clear that the unvaccinated are driving transmission in the United States.”

  • they wanted more safety data, especially on the risk of heart inflammation in younger men.

Dr. Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said that he “wanted to see more data on the risk of heart inflammation in younger men”.

Myocarditis / pericarditis is a rare side effect of the mRNA vaccines that is associated mostly with young males; but not of older adults.

Fact #4 : FDA Panel Recommended Pfizer Booster Dose For Selected Groups

The FDA panel was not particularly worried about the safety of the Pfizer booster dose, as claimed by The Gateway Pundit.

In the same meeting, they unanimously voted 18-0 to recommend the Pfizer booster dose for people who are at “high risk” of severe COVID-19.

  • individuals 65 years and older
  • individuals with co-morbidities or compromised immune systems
  • healthcare workers and other people whose jobs put them at high risk of being exposed to the coronavirus

They would not have done so, if they felt that the Pfizer booster dose posed significant risks. As stated in Fact #4, they were of the opinion that a booster dose was not needed at the moment.

Fact #5 : FDA Approved Pfizer Booster Dose For 18 And Older

On 22 September 2021, the FDA approved the Pfizer booster dose for :

  • individuals 65 years of age and older;
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and
  • individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19.

The booster dose is the same formulation and dosage as the first two doses of the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine.

With that approval, the Pfizer booster dose can be given to any of those individuals, at any point after at least six months following the completion of their primary series vaccination.

 

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Has Chlorine Dioxide Just Been Proven To Cure COVID-19?

Did a new study just prove that chlorine dioxide is effective in curing COVID-19, by eliminating it in 100% of patients?!

Let’s take a closer look at this study, and find out if chlorine dioxide can really cure or prevent COVID-19!

 

Claim : Chlorine Dioxide Now Proven To Cure COVID-19!

Andreas Kalcker has long promoted chlorine dioxide as a cure for COVID-19, as well as many other diseases.

Recently, he claimed that a new clinical study showed that chlorine dioxide was 100% effective at treating COVID-19.

Here is an excerpt of what he wrote. It’s pretty long, so just skip to the next section for the facts!

You now have the opportunity to read the first multicenter clinical study carried out in several Latin American countries that clearly demonstrates that chlorine dioxide is a fully effective treatment against COVID-19.

The highly satisfactory results of the first multicenter clinical study in humans, on the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide (ClO2) as CDS in the treatment of COVID-19, were successfully published in the scientific journal Journal of Molecular and Genetic Medicine (ISSN: 1747-0862).

 

Truth : Chlorine Dioxide Does NOT Cure COVID-19!

The truth is – chlorine dioxide does NOT cure COVID-19, and is TOXIC.

  • The study is highly-flawed, and has many errors.
  • The study was not peer-reviewed or published in a legitimate journal.
  • Chlorine dioxide only works as a disinfectant, and is only approved for that use at very low concentrations.
  • Chlorine dioxide is a toxic chemical, which can cause organ failure as well as heart and liver problems.
  • A 5 year-old Argentinian boy died from multiple organ failure after being treated with chlorine dioxide.

Fact #1 : The Insignares-Carrione Eduardo et. al. Study Is Highly Flawed

The Insignares-Carrione Eduardo et. al. study, which you can also obtain here, is a highly-flawed study for these reasons :

  • It was a really small study with only 40 participants, 20 of whom received chlorine dioxide
  • They used COVID-19 patients who were 3-7 days post-infection, which means at least some of these infections would have naturally resolved by the first week of the study (midpoint).
  • The participants were NOT randomised, which means they are subject to manipulation by the researchers.
  • The study was NOT blinded in any way – the patient and researchers knew who was getting the treatment, and who was getting the placebo.
  • The only objective COVID-19 specific test they did was an RT-PCR test. A viral load test was not performed.
  • Otherwise, the study only ran a simple blood test and asked participants to self-report vague symptoms like fever, cough, throat pain, headache, which may or may not be related to COVID-19.
  • They did not monitor oxygen saturation by pulse oximeter, but still claimed that those on chlorine dioxide had better oxygen saturation.

As you can tell by now, this is a highly-flawed study.

There is no way any legitimate health authority / hospital / doctor would ever approve the use of chlorine dioxide for the treatment of COVID-19 based on such a study.

Chlorine dioxide treatment in Bolivia. Photo credit : Danilo Balderrama, Reuters

Fact #2 : It Was Not Published In A Legitimate Peer-Reviewed Journal

It is not surprising that the authors could only submit their paper to a predatory journal like Molecular and Genetic Medicine.

The journal may look legit, with a bombastic name, but it is NOT a legitimate peer-reviewed medical journal.

The journal’s publisher is Belgium-based Hilaris, which is listed as a publisher of predatory journals.

Fact #3 : Chlorine Dioxide Cannot Treat COVID-19

Chlorine dioxide does NOT work as a treatment against COVID-19, when consumed.

It only works as a surface disinfectant, which is why it is used to sanitise water and food and some medical equipment. Even then, it is used a VERY LOW DOSES.

It is such a powerful oxidising agent that it is used to bleach wood pulp. Imagine what it can do to your body if you consume it!

Fact #4 : Chlorine Dioxide Is Toxic

Despite claims that chlorine dioxide is safe, it is actually a toxic chemical :

  • US EPA sets a maximum limit of 0.8 mg/L in drinking water
  • US OSHA sets an 8-hour exposure limit of 0.1 ppm for those who work with chlorine dioxide

The US FDA even warned about the serious adverse effects experienced by people who consumed chlorine dioxide products :

  • Respiratory failure caused by a serious condition where the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced (methemoglobinemia);
  • Changes in the electrical activity of the heart (QT prolongation), which may lead to potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms;
  • Life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration;
  • Acute liver failure;
  • Low blood cell counts, due to the destruction of red blood cells faster than the body can make it (hemolytic anemia), which required a blood transfusion;
  • Severe vomiting; and
  • Severe diarrhea.

Fact #5 : Andreas Kalcker Was Charged With Death Of 5 Year-Old Boy

In September 2021, Argentinian authorities charged Andreas Kalcker for the death of a 5 year-old boy in Neuquen, Western Argentina.

The boy died in August 2020 from multiple organ failure, after his parents (who were influenced by Kalcker) gave him chlorine dioxide to prevent COVID-19.

Fact #6 : Liechtenstein Is Not Part Of Switzerland

The main researcher, Insignares-Carrione Eduardo, is based in Colombia but calls himself the Global Research Director of Liechtensteiner Verein für Wissenschaft und Gesundheit in Liechtenstein, Switzerland.

It seems obvious, but it must be said – Liechtenstein is not part of Switzerland. Liechtenstein is an independent country, located between Austria and Switzerland.

Fact #7 : Bolivia Is Not Part Of Spain

Three of the other authors are listed as residents of La Paz in Bolivia, Spain.

La Paz is the capital of Bolivia, as well as a barrio (administrative district) in Madrid, Spain. However, they are two completely different locations.

Again, it seems obvious, but it must be said – Bolivia is NOT part of Spain.

Bolivia is an independent country located in South America, while Spain is an independent country located in Europe. They are not even in the same continent!

 

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

Can you start registering your 5-11 year old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine?

Find out what has gone viral, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Claim : You Can Start Registering 5-11 Yo Kids For COVID-19 Vaccine!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that you can start registering 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

For children 5-12 yo, can start to register for vaccination at MySejahtera.

First: remove dependant at ‘manage dependants’
Then: add vaccine dependant at ‘covid-19 vaccination’
Lastly: after successfully registered, add details again at ‘manage dependant’

 

Truth : 5-11 Yo Kids CANNOT Register For COVID-19 Vaccine Right Now!

This viral message is yet another COVID-19 vaccine-related FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer Paediatric Vaccine Was Just FDA-Approved!

The FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the approval of an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the Pfizer paediatric vaccine.

Only on 29 October 2021 did the US FDA officially approve the Pfizer paediatric vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

Even so, it will take time for CDC to come up with guidelines on who should get the new paediatric vaccine first, and even more time for other countries to get their vaccine doses.

Fact #2 : Pfizer Vaccine For 5-11 Year-Old Kids Not NPRA-Approved Yet!

Even though the Pfizer paediatric vaccine is approved by the US FDA, it must also be approved by the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA) of the Malaysia Ministry of Health.

Until that happens, the vaccine cannot be used to vaccinate anyone in Malaysia, certainly not children below 12 years of age.

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

Fact #3 : Malaysia Has NOT Even Purchased The Vaccine!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

That means the government will start negotiating with Pfizer to purchase their paediatric COVID-19 vaccine for use in Malaysia.

In other words – we have NOT purchased the vaccine yet!

Fact #4 : Malaysia Has Not Announced Registration For 5-11 Yo Kids

As of 30 October 2021, the Malaysian government, and the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) has NOT announced that parents are allowed to register their 5-11 year-old kids for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, only adolescents who are 12-17 years old are allowed to register for COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.

Fact #5 : MySejahtera Does Not Yet Permit <12 Yo Registration

The latest MySejahtera – version 1.0.49 – does NOT permit the registration of children below 12 years of age.

If you attempt to add your child as a Vaccine Dependent, you will be asked to confirm that your child is over 12 years old.

Fact #6 : Method Exploits Existing MySejahtera Bug

The method outlined above exploits an existing bug in MySejahtera that allows you to bypass the age verification page.

This was the same bug that allowed parents to register their 12-17 years old children earlier this year, before the government announced that they would be allowed to.

It is really no different than just tapping the check box to confirm that your dependent is over 12 years old, even if he/she isn’t.

Fact #7 : Your Registration May Fail

I actually tested this bug earlier this year by registering my 12 year-old son using this “hack”.

But when the official registration opened, I noticed that his registration “disappeared”. I had to register him again.

When I checked his vaccination details, it says that he registered at the later date, instead of the earlier date when I used the hack.

I’m not sure if this will happen again with this hack, but if you choose to use it, please CHECK your child’s vaccine registration when they officially open it up for 5-11 year-old kids.

The time will come when we will be allowed to register children below 12 years of age, but that time has not yet arrive.

Until then, the viral message is nothing more than FAKE NEWS! Please alert your family and friends, share this fact check with them!

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

The US FDA has officially authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children!

Here is what you need to know…

 

FDA Authorised Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine For 5-11 Yo Children!

On 29 October 2021, the US FDA officially authorised 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.

Now that the FDA has approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will look into clinical recommendations for the vaccine.

I should point out that while the Pfizer paediatric vaccine is a lower-dose, improved version of the vaccine used in adults and adolescents.

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

 

FDA Excerpts On Pfizer Vaccine Authorisation For 5-11 Yo Children

Here is a selection of excerpts from the full FDA press release on their authorisation of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in 5-11 year-old children.

Dose

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms).

Effectiveness

The immune responses of the younger age participants were comparable to the older participants. The vaccine was 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19.

Safety

Commonly reported side effects in the clinical trial included injection site pain (sore arm), redness and swelling, fatigue, headache, muscle and/or joint pain, chills, fever, swollen lymph nodes, nausea and decreased appetite. More children reported side effects after the second dose than after the first dose. Side effects were generally mild to moderate in severity and occurred within two days after vaccination, and most went away within one to two days.

Stability + Storage

The FDA also authorized a manufacturing change for the vaccine to include a formulation that uses a different buffer; buffers help maintain a vaccine’s pH (a measure of how acidic or alkaline a solution is) and stability. This new formulation is more stable at refrigerated temperatures for longer periods of time, permitting greater flexibility for vaccination providers.

 

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

The US FDA is set to approve the new Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids!

Here is what you need to know about this new paediatric vaccine!

 

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

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

Let me summarise what the Pfizer briefing document revealed…

Lower Paediatric Dose

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

It will be supplied in a new 10-dose vial, which will be diluted with 1.3 ml of sodium chloride, before being given as a 0.2 ml intramuscular injection.

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 for up to 10 weeks.

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 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.

Although the FDA isn’t bound by the advice of its expert panel, it is expected to accept their advice and issue an EUA for the new paediatric dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 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?

 

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Malaysia : 5-11 Yo Kids To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

Malaysia will procure the Pfizer vaccine for 5-11 year-old kids, after the US FDA advisory panel recommended its use!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia : 5-11 Yo Kids To Get Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine!

On 29 October 2021, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said that Malaysia will proceed to procure the Pfizer vaccine for kids.

This comes after the US FDA advisory panel voted on 26 October to recommend the use of the Pfizer paediatric vaccine in children 5-11 years old.

He noted that Malaysia had already partially vaccinated 82.4% of adolescents, with 62% fully-vaccinated.

Read more : How To Register Children For COVID-19 Vaccine In Malaysia!

However, this does not mean that the vaccination of 5-11 year-old children will proceed immediately after that.

The Pfizer paediatric vaccine has to be first approved by the NPRA before it can be used in Malaysia.

He also said that they would be looking at other vaccine options like Sinovac.

 

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.

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

Even though children have a lower risk of hospitalisation and death from COVID-19, children who get infected with the coronavirus can suffer from serious complications like :

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

Therefore, it is highly recommended that children 5-11 years-old be vaccinated against COVID-19 using the low-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, when it is approved and becomes available in Malaysia.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 will not only protect them against those risks, it will help protect other children who may not be able to get the vaccine.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The danger of mixing vaccines

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fact #2 : She Developed Blood Clots Which Required Amputation

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

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

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

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

Fact #3 : AstraZeneca Vaccine Can Cause TTS / VITT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Did Jean Yip Hairdresser Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose?

Did a Jean Yip hairdresser die from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose?

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

 

Claim : Jean Yip Hairdresser Died From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

People have been sharing this viral message on WhatsApp, claiming that a Jean Yip hairdresser died recently from his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose, after just 5 days!

English translation :

Hair Stylist from Jean Yip Beauty Group of Companies died after 3rd booster… On Saturday he took the 3rd booster jab, he felt unwell but continues his duty.

And the following week (Wednesday) he felt not right and was admitted to the hospital and his condition turned for the worse.

He DIED on Thursday from the Booster shot.

Watch the media news yesterday and he is FULLY VACCINATED and NO underlying medical condition according to media news yesterday still under investigation.

 

Truth : Jean Yip Hairdresser Did Not Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose!

This is yet another example of COVID-19 fake news designed to scare people from getting vaccinated against the coronavirus. Here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Kent Lim Was A Jean Yip Salon Manager

The man in question – Kent Lim Lian Seng – is a 54 year-old Malaysian hairdresser who managed two Jean Yip salons at Kovan and Raffles Place.

Fact #2 : Kent Passed Away 12 Days After His Booster Dose

The fake news claimed that Kent passed away 5 days after receiving his booster dose. That’s completely FALSE.

The truth is – he passed away 12 days after his booster dose.

Fact #3 : He Was Well Until 11 Days After His Booster Dose

Like the first two doses of any COVID-19 vaccine, the side effects of the booster dose is seen in the first 2-3 days.

Kent was apparently well, until he felt ill 11 days after his booster dose. This makes it very unlikely that his illness had anything to do with the booster dose.

Here is the known sequence of events according to Lianhe Wanbao,

  • Kent Lim got his booster shot on 9 October, 2021
  • At around 4 PM on 20 October, he asked to return home for a rest, saying that he had “physical discomfort“.
  • He passed away in a hospital in Singapore after seeking treatment, on 21 October 2021.
  • The hospital contacted Kent’s wife in Johor Bahru, to inform her about his death.
  • His wife then informed Dawn Yip, the CEO of the Jean Yip Group

Fact #4 : His Wife Is Upset At The Fake News 

Kent Lim’s wife is understandably distraught at his death, and has been busy dealing with his funeral arrangements as his body has been repatriated to Malaysia for burial.

She was very upset with the fake news circulating about his death, and asked Dawn Yip – the CEO of the Jean Yip Group – to speak to the press on her behalf.

Fact #5 : No Evidence His Death Had Anything To Do With Vaccine

Dawn Yip said that the post is false and misleading. She pointed out that it got the details wrong, confirming that Kent died 12 days, not 5 days, after receiving his booster dose.

She also said that, “There was nothing unusual about him. We are not doctors, nor have we checked his medical records, so it is difficult to draw any conclusions, but there is indeed no evidence that he died from the third dose of the vaccine“.

Fact #6 : Pfizer Booster Dose Proven Safe In Clinical Trial

On 17 September 2021, Pfizer publicly released the clinical trial data for their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose.

It showed that the participants did NOT suffer any serious side effect from the booster dose :

  • No anaphylactic reaction were reported within 30 minutes of getting the booster dose
  • No deaths, serious or life-threatening adverse events, were reported
  • Older adults reported side effects like fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain and joint pain that lasted only 1-2 days.
  • There were no cases of anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity, Bell’s palsy, myocarditis / pericarditis in the 2-3 months of follow-up.

This is pretty much what we would expect for a third dose. Those who had no issues with the first two doses, should have no issue with the booster dose.

It’s the same vaccine, after all. If you are allergic to the vaccine, you would have experienced an anaphylactic reaction with the first dose.

Fact #7 : Booster Dose Is Just A Refresher Class

Vaccines are really just self-defence classes that teach our immune system how to identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so it can produce antibodies to fight off an actual infection.

A booster dose is like a refresher class in college that you take just before a big exam. It reminds your immune system that COVID-19 should be taken seriously, and kickstarts the production of fresh antibodies.

If you have no trouble with the first two self-defence classes, why should a refresher class be a problem?

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Melaka State Election Campaigning Activities BANNED!

The Malaysian government just announced that campaigning activities for the Melaka state election is BANNED.

Here is what you need to know…

 

Melaka State Election Campaigning Activities BANNED!

Due to the collapse of the Melaka state government, the state assembly was dissolved on 5 October and a state election set for Saturday, 20 November 2021.

There was considerable concern that this new election would lead to a new wave of COVID-19 infections like the Sabah state elections last year.

Fortunately, the Malaysian government has apparently learned that painful lesson, and has ordered that campaigning activities are banned for the Melaka state election!

On 24 October 2021, the Minister of Health, Khairy Jamaluddin announced that ALL activities, gatherings or social events related to elections are FORBIDDEN, including events launching the election machinery.

This ban will take effect on Monday, 25 October 2021 and last until Saturday, 27 November 2021.

The Minister also made a point to warn that any individual, organiser or organisation that contravenes this ban, can be penalised with a compound, or prosecuted in court.

This action will be greatly welcomed, as it would be impossible to maintain physical distance during mass gatherings, and/or prevent unvaccinated or symptomatic people from participating.

 

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