Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Malaysia must be so goddamn vaccine-rich it's turning down free ones!

Latest on vaccines for journalists: Not forgotten frontliners, after all? 

“I have good news for the media. The name list of media personnel from news organisations has been submitted and they will start their vaccination soon.” - KJ, de facto Vaksin Minister of Malaysia in Khairy under home quarantine for being close contact

Get well soon, KJ. As for the "good news", I'm touched to know that we journalists aren't forgotten front liners, after all. Still, I'll believe it when it happens.

Meanwhile, in  The Vibes yesterday:

Why is the govt snubbing an offer of 200,000 free vaccines?

KUALA LUMPUR – It is baffling that a government that is admittedly having a stock shortage in its vaccine roll-out has snubbed offers by the private sector to offer vaccines for free.

Two months ago, PETRA Group had written to Science, Technology, and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, offering 20,000 Sinovac vaccines to be administered to frontliners and the vulnerable.

However, until today there has been no response from the ministry for this no-strings-attached offer.

Phase 2 of the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme has been underway, however, since May 5. 

Khairy revealed that the third phase of the programme, due this month, may be delayed due to insufficient vaccines. (Read more)

KJ must shed light on this claim - no, accusation - ASAP. 

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