PUTRAJAYA NOV 30:- The Ministry of Health (MOH) will receive the third phase clinical research reports from 10 vaccine producing companies next week before it could be registered with the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA).
Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, if the COVID-19 vaccines cannot be registered with NPRA, then the agreement with the company concerned will automatically be cancelled.
“What we are afraid of is that once the vaccine is registered, the supply is not enough to be purchased and that had been our experience in the second wave of COVID-19.
“We have discussed and make arrangements with 10 vaccine companies and if the vaccines could be registered with NPRA then it will be sold to the relevant parties in the country,” he said in his daily press conference held here today.
Dr. Noor Hisham said that in response to the citizens’ fear that the people will be made as “guinea pigs” or experiments by the vaccine companies for the results of its effectiveness.
Earlier, Dr. Noor Hisham explained that before any COVID-19 vaccine could be commercialised in the country, it has to go through stages namely registration, acquisition, monitoring the side effects and the effectiveness of the vaccine on the targeted group.
However he said, at the moment MOH has not received the third phase of clinical research reports of the vaccine for COVID-19 from any company.
Regarding the situation of the pandemic, Dr. Noor Hisham said, 1,212 new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today adding to the cumulative total to 65,697 while 10,578 active cases are undergoing treatment in the hospitals nationwide.
He said, out of the new cases, nine were imported with three from Egypt, Nepal (2), Saudi Arabia (1), Philippines (1), Pakistan (1) and United Arab Emirates (1).
Dr. Noor Hisham added, 2,112 had been discharged contributing to the cumulative total to 54,759 or 83.4% while 113 were admitted to the Intensive Care Units (ICU) with 42 needed respiratory aids.
Meanwhile three were reported dead bringing the death toll to 360 or 0.6%.
Three new clusters have been formed today said Dr. Noor Hisham and it includes Jalan Lapan cluster in Hulu Langat Selangor, Cheras, Kepong. Titiwangsa and Lembah Pantai, Kuala Lumpur with 25 detected with positive COVID-19.
The second is Batu Sembilan cluster that affects Kuala Langat district, Klang, Petaling and Kuala Selangor with 19 have been detected with positive COVID-19.
The third is Nibong cluster in Johor Bahru district in Johor that affects 10 people with the corona virus infections.
The states that have contributed to the new COVID-19 cases today are Selangor with 402 cases, Sabah (326), Negeri Sembilan (141), Kuala Lumpur (119), Kedah (31), Penang (60), Perak (43), Johor (54), Labuan (30), Sarawak (2), Pahang (2), Kelantan (1) and Putrajaya (1). –Malaysia World News