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We made ‘errors’ in battle against Covid-19, admits Khairy
Published on: Thursday, July 15, 2021
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We made ‘errors’ in battle against Covid-19, admits Khairy
Science, technology and innovation minister Khairy Jamaluddin says that it is getting difficult for people to comply with Covid-19 rules due to pandemic fatigue. (Photo: Bernama)
PETALING JAYA: Ministers flouting SOPs have damaged the credibility of the lockdown in Malaysia, vaccination minister Khairy Jamaluddin has admitted.

In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Khairy stressed that “leadership by example is very important”.

“I think on that score, we have made some errors,” the science, technology and innovation minister was quoted as saying.

Although no country had a perfect response to the health crisis, Khairy said the government “could have done certain things better”.

He added that it was also getting difficult to get the people to comply with Covid-19 rules due to pandemic fatigue.

“I’m not blaming the public here. To observe these very, very unnatural limitations and restrictions on your behaviour or movements (is difficult). Eventually, there will be a time where people just let their guard down.”

Khairy said Malaysia had been able to accelerate vaccinations after renegotiating the supply and delivery of vaccines it procured, most of it the Pfizer vaccine.

He also said the government had decided it would be “dangerous to put all our eggs in one or two baskets”, and had expanded its vaccine portfolio from various sources.

“I think we are at the stage now where we really need to vaccinate ourselves out of the situation that we have found ourselves in.”

A total of 434,838 doses were administered yesterday, hitting a daily record high for the third consecutive day.

Overall, 12,647,558 vaccine doses have been administered since the national Covid-19 immunisation programme began, with 17.1% of the adult population (or 12.3% of the total population) fully vaccinated so far.

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