Society Has Failed Says Khairy

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Vaccination Inequity Has Been One Of Society’s Biggest Moral Failings In The Response To The Covid-19 Pandemic Says Khairy

Malaysia has demanded that vaccine inequity be addressed promptly by more fair distribution and dosage delivery swapping by countries with excess supplies.

According to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, vaccination and equity have been one of society’s biggest moral failings in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He said that, despite assurances to the globe that vaccinations would be available, their distribution has fallen significantly short of expectations.

“It has been in large part a great disappointment, with bilateral deals taking precedence over international collaboration and global solidarity.”

“In calling for inequity to be addressed, Malaysia is willing to participate in technology transfer and investment to manufacture vaccines in many more sites around the world.”

“We hope this inequity will not repeat itself with the latest antiviral treatments that are being developed and Covid-19 vaccines for children,” he said in Malaysia’s remarks at the World Health Organisation's (WHO) 72nd regional committee meeting for the Western Pacific Region.

Malaysia, according to Khairy, suggests that WHO work toward a new equitable distribution plan for antiviral and Covid-19 vaccinations for children, and supports WHO's director-general's for an international agreement on pandemic response.

He did, however, state that the agreement must be not only inclusive and accountable, but also equitable and transparent.

“Inclusive may mean we are invited for a conversation but equitable means we all enjoy the fruits of discussions in timely and equitable measures," said Khairy

“Accountable may be that we are all represented here, but transparent means we have sight of all deliverables, deals and data,” he added.

Malaysia, according to Khairy, uploads comprehensive data sets daily for anyone to access, recognising the value of transparent sharing and real-time data.

Malaysia also brought up what has been called as a silent “parallel pandemic" – the deterioration of mental health, particularly among young people – during the conference.

“Lockdowns, movement restrictions together with unemployment and financial security have led to a spike in the number of people seeking mental health support across the globe. Malaysia is no exception,” said Khairy.

Malaysia has launched a mental health strategic plan, highlighting inter-sectoral collaboration and crisis preparedness in managing mental health issues such as suicide and suicidal ideation, as well as surveillance for early identification of cases, allowing for prompt monitoring and intervention.

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