KUALA LUMPUR (June 14): There is a need for the government to form a national vaccine research centre employing local experts and resources with the objective to ensure a long-term vaccine supply for the country, said Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF)
In a media statement on June 13, MEF president Datuk Dr Syed Hussain Syed Husman JP said Malaysia should have its own specialised vaccine research centre to look at the long-term prospects of producing the country’s own vaccines.
“Malaysia has excellent scientific academia and research facilities and our local experts are globally recognised, having produced vaccines for the Nipah virus, and dealt with SARS, H1N1 and others in the past,” he noted.
Meanwhile, he also lauded the government’s move in setting up various centres for vaccination, such as mega centres, mobile units and vaccination centres at private clinics and hospitals as well as in mobilising the armed forces medical corps under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme.
He noted that while the government planning for the infrastructure of vaccine logistics and centres, there should also be a comprehensive strategy for the supply of vaccines.
“In view of the situation and to safeguard the health and safety of the rakyat against Covid-19 and other such future pandemics, it is necessary to set up a national vaccine research centre based on local expertise and resources,” he said.
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