Malaysia Negotiating With Saudi Arabia On Vaccine Brands Allowed Entry Into Country For Umrah And Hajj Says Khairy

source – harian metro
  • “The ongoing discussion is to avoid vaccine discrimination as we have found that all the COVID-19 vaccines (used in Malaysia) are safe and effective.” – Khairy

  • The Saudi government was believed to allow only four types of vaccinations, notably Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna, for individuals wishing to enter the country.

Malaysia Negotiating With Saudi Arabia On Vaccine Brands Allowed Entry Into Country For Umrah And Hajj Says Khairy

According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, Malaysia is still negotiating with the Saudi authorities on the types (brands) of vaccines that will be permitted for individuals performing the Umrah pilgrimage in the country.

In the handing over of the Malaysia Corporate Family contribution at the Ministry of Health (MOH), Khairy said, “The ongoing discussion is to avoid vaccine discrimination as we have found that all the COVID-19 vaccines (used in Malaysia) are safe and effective.”

Previously, the Saudi government was believed to allow only four types of vaccinations, notably Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna, for individuals wishing to enter the country.

Saudi Arabia stated in July that individuals fully vaccinated with the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccine would be allowed into the country, only if they had obtained the booster dose from vaccines recognised by the country.

Meanwhile, Khairy said that the MySejahtera application would have a new feature that will allow individuals who need the booster dose to apply for it starting next month in order to fulfil the conditions set by other countries, including attending Umrah and Hajj.

source - MIT news

At today's event, the MOH received 81 electric tilt beds worth RM2 million from Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) as part of its A'fiat TH 2021 initiative to address the demand for extra beds in selected hospitals' intensive care units.

“These beds are also for other vital units that manage non-COVID cases during the transition from the pandemic to endemic phase,”he said. 

He went on to say that the donation came from the expanded A'fiat TH 2020 initiative, through which TH contributed 57 haemodialysis equipment worth almost RM2 million to 42 government hospitals.

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