Saifuddin: Communications Ministry keen to work with Facebook on Covid-19 vaccination programme

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  • Saturday, 06 Feb 2021

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Communications and Multimedia Ministry is keen to share Facebook's experience on its involvement in the Covid-19 vaccination programme in several countries, says Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said that this could be a guide for Malaysia to carry out a similar programme.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister added that Facebook is involved with many countries in the management of Covid-19, including countries that have conducted their vaccination programme using Facebook software to manage data.

Saifuddin said that this included information including the data of recipients of the vaccination and areas involved and added that with such a collaboration, Facebook would have identified countries with best practices for vaccine management to address the pandemic.

He said this when speaking to Bernama after a virtual talk with the United States-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) on Friday (Feb 5).

Saifuddin said he had forwarded the wish to a Facebook representative who was also present at the US-ABC virtual discussion and "they seem to agree to share their experiences”.

"I asked them to share the best practices because we cannot fail in this programme due to the high cost of the vaccination, which is very much needed for the country. So, learning from other people's experiences is not a loss," he added.

Saifuddin said Facebook could share their experiences with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and also the Ministry of Health directly or through KKMM as an intermediary for the two ministries.

Besides Facebook, others involved in the US-ABC discussion included Amazon, Cisco, C&M International, Oracle, Qualcomm, Seagate, Stripe and Google.

Saifuddin said the discussion, which lasted more than an hour, touched on cyber security, cloud first policy, regulations related to digital service taxation, digital transformation, connectivity and COVID-19 pandemic management. - Bernama

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