Malaysia’s Covid-19 response a good lesson for the West, says international report

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's success in controlling the spread of Covid-19 challenges the idea that medical expertise and a robust health system “is best channeled by legacy powers and historically rich states”, says a report.

Authored independently by Dr Fifa Rahman, who is currently Unitaid executive board member, in collaboration with non-profit organisation the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi), the report, posted by Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on his official website, said compared to the situation in the West, countries in the East such as Malaysia showed innovative and speedy pandemic responses that kept infections and deaths relatively low.

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