Shareda lauds CanSino supply
Published on: Monday, July 26, 2021
By: Wu Vui Tek
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Kota Kinabalu: The announcement that Sabah will be given priority to receive the single-dose CanSino Covid-19 vaccine when a supply of three million doses is received by Malaysia in August is indeed very good news, says the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association (Shareda). 

Thanking the federal and state governments for their efforts in ramping up the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (Pick) in Sabah, its President Datuk Chua Soon Ping said the move will help the State achieve herd immunity faster. 

“It (single-dose vaccine) is important for us to be able to reach communities in rural areas and remote islands, where their mobility is affected due to the relatively difficult and remote terrain conditions,” he said.

Chua was commenting on the assurance given by Pick Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin to Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor on the CanSino vaccine during an online discussion between the two leaders recently.

In the effort to vaccinate those in hard-to-reach areas, Chua said the Government could replicate similar efforts to reach out to people during elections. 

He said the agencies had the resources and manpower to reach out to voters even in far-flung areas to get votes and, therefore, the same approach should be used for the vaccination.   “The health authorities could also use helicopters as in the flying medical doctor service and mobile health units to cover the far-flung areas,” he said. 

Chua also agreed with the proposal to convert tour buses into mobile vaccination units or use them to shuttle those scheduled for vaccination.  He said all the workers at the vaccine administration centres must be inoculated to avert mass infections like what happened in Selangor. 

The people, he added, must also learn to accept that the virus will still be around even after achieving herd immunity. 

“But with the vaccines, the impact and fatality rate will be at the minimum,” he said. 

“Everyone must work together to flatten the curve and we must all adhere strictly to the SOPs implemented by the authorities.” 


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