For the record: Vax rollout to be revved up

  • Nation
  • Friday, 28 May 2021

We refer to the article "Vax rollout to be revved up" on The Star Online.

In the article, we inadvertently omitted the words "strongly denied" in a quote attributed to National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin.

The line should have read "He strongly denied claims that Muslims are given the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine while non-Muslims are given the Sinovac vaccine."

He was responding to viral allegations that Muslims and non-Muslims had been segregated at the vaccination centre at the Desa Tasik Sports Complex.

Khairy had said on Thursday that there was no segregation according to religion or race but that the recipients were separated according to the type of vaccines they would receive to ensure there was no mistake.

He said 42 individuals, who were going to carry out their haj as well as other pilgrimage staff, were scheduled that day to receive their Pfizer vaccines at the centre in line with Saudi Arabia's decision to only recognise Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

We apologise for the omission.

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