Shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines brings new hope in containing Covid-19, says MCA

PETALING JAYA: The long-awaited first shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines brings new hope of containing the Covid-19 infection in the country, says MCA.

MCA International Communication and Diplomacy Bureau chairman Dr Tee Ching Seng said that it is only with sufficient participation by the people that the country can be successful in achieving this.

In a statement Sunday (Feb 21), he said that the Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme, which would be launched on Feb 24, marks a new milestone in Malaysia’s fight against the pandemic.

"Although registration for the dosage is voluntary, I call upon the public to actively participate with receptiveness in order to obtain herd immunity and overcome the outbreak as soon as possible.

"The vaccine meets WHO standards, and the government has made adequate guarantees to ensure that the vaccine meets the requirements of safety, efficacy, and quality, and that has been strictly approved for use in accordance with the relevant regulations and procedures," he said.

Tee urged those who may still hold some reservations about the vaccine to abandon their doubts and have faith in scientific and rational reasoning.

"Be responsible to ourselves and others and actively participate in receiving the inoculations and jointly aid Malaysia to come out of the current predicament," he added.

He, however, reminded that the public must continue to comply with the standard operating procedures outlined by the National Security Council as the risk of Covid-19 transmission is still present, and it will take time before the virus can be fully annihilated.

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