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Mass inoculation the best way forward, say experts: STAR On-Line 7 July 2021

by Datuk Dr Kuljit
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PETALING JAYA: Since the number of Covid-19 infections remains high, mass vaccination is the only way towards a speedier recovery for the nation, say health experts.

Association of Private Hospitals Malaysia (APHM) president Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh said the country’s current vaccination rate was commendable.

“The government had earlier planned to vaccinate 400,000 people a day and it looks like we are getting closer to that target.

“This is a good move and it shows that we should achieve herd immunity much earlier,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He added that the current restrictions under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) and the standard operating procedures (SOPs) had not stemmed the number of daily cases and may have to be reviewed.

“(It’s) not working and the only remedy is to carry out the vaccination programme to bring down the number of cases,” he said.

Dr Kuljit also said the only “silver lining” of the current controls was that they had prevented daily infection numbers from going as high as five digits.

He suggested that the focus be placed on vaccinating the groups of people who were getting infected, such as those in factories or sectors that required physical meetings to run their business.



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