Health Ministry mulls making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory when available, says DG


  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Jun 2020

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Health Ministry (MOH) is considering making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory once it is discovered, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

However, he said the ministry would first have to conduct a study on the side effects and effectiveness of the vaccine before making any decision on the matter.

"There is a study on it but the race to find the Covid-19 vaccine is still underway, ” he told the daily press conference on COVID-19 here Friday (June 5).

Dr Noor Hisham said the Ministry was also in the midst of conducting research on the immune response to the Covid-19 virus.

He said the ministry had detected that there were some asymptomatic Covid-19 patients who had built up antibodies against the virus.

On the Phase Three trial of Covid-19 vaccine testing that will be conducted by the US-based biotech firm Moderna next month, Dr Noor Hisham said the development seems to be positive adding that though many other countries are also conducting studies and research, it would take at least a year before the vaccine could be marketed.

Meanwhile, he proposed that a collaboration between Asean countries be established as part of efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.

"We look at the ranking of each country. We might consider allowing entry of those from nations that have been categorised as a green zone country.

"These are all the possibilities that we can consider on how we can improve our economic, social and educational activities... and (at the same time) we can control the disease, ” he said in response to a question on the move to loosen border controls once the conditional movement control order (MCO) is lifted.

On viral photographs of the existence of a Covid-19 screening tent at a location in Salak TIinggi, Selangor, Dr Noor Hisham said so far, no positive cases had been recorded in the area.

However, the tracing activity was conducted following suspected cases recorded there, he added. - Bernama

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