RETHINK BORDER REOPENING AND EMPOWER PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO JOIN IN THE VACCINATION PROCESS URGES MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

‘I will tighten further our borders as gaps are alleged. So can someone very intelligent up there tell us what the equivalent of one Chinese tourist in Deaths of Malaysians?’

RETHINK BORDER REOPENING AND EMPOWER PRIVATE HOSPITALS TO JOIN IN THE VACCINATION PROCESS URGES MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST PROF DR JACOB GEORGE.

Despite all the hype stating ‘no exceptions’ and perceptions that our closed borders and protocols allegedly positioned/placed will insulate the country from any escalation we are told that the South Africa variant found its way here!

How?

Now several travelers from China had recently arrived in Sarawak and underwent mandatory quarantine as well as RT-PCR testing.

It is reported that despite the Chinese visitors being already given two doses of their vaccine in their home country, they tested positive for the disease.

Again this sends shock waves how this could happen.

The reasonable Malaysian community members have difficulty addressing such gaps when we have personalities who over-speak in front of cameras and the media giving impressions that they are in control?

But are they?

Even when the danger is real we have voices calling out to open our borders so that international tourism can boom?

There are political pressures exerted to further open up our business spaces in view forthcoming religious festivities?

And who will monitor that the spaces and protocols are fully adhered to?

Inexplicably there are reports that even foreign workers from Bangladesh are being brought back by politically connected cartels in the eye of a Covid-19 storm!

Seriously, we need to be honest to ourselves and the Malaysian communities who are no fools either!

I am aware there is so much at stake in procurement dollars and those vested interest predators.

I will tighten further our borders as gaps are alleged. So can someone very intelligent up there tell us what the equivalent of one Chinese tourist in Deaths of Malaysians?

Reports indicate that despite being fully vaccinated, tests found that these individuals had a high viral load and thus highly infectious at the time of their arrival?

If travelers from China who have been fully vaccinated are infected what does that say about the Chinese vaccine’s effectiveness?

Again, like the arrival of the South African strain here, how did these visitors and others allowed on a plane?

Clinical trials have showed the Pfizer vaccines lowered risks of developing symptomatic COVID-19 by about 95%.

Again it means that vaccinated people were about 20 times less likely to get the disease than those who have not received the vaccine.

Again we are advised that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had a 72% efficacy rate among Americans.

And experts say the protection appears to be lower because it was the only shot that was tested against the more contagious coronavirus variants.

It means that the vaccines are not capable of protecting everyone from infection.

But it is claimed they are able to protect them by spurring the development of antibodies without causing sickness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Fast forward April 10th 2021 – here in Malaysia, we are willing and can afford to pay for the vaccination!

But we want a vaccine of our choice!

This is my body, my life we are talking here!

Please do not tell us that the Director General of Malaysian Health Services and another set of politicians know what is best for us Malaysians!

I think there is no need to refresh every one of the many alleged failures, gaps, U-turns and double talk in addressing and managing this pandemic from day one.

I hope seriously there is no new pandemic of political deafness and that hearing the repeated appeal by stakeholders – the Malaysian government will allow private hospitals to bring in vaccines on their own and treat those who make that informed choice even if they have to pay out of pocket for them.

There are several medical practitioners in my family and as such, we will not allow any member of my family to be administered with any vaccine we are uncomfortable with.

Since several members of my family and friends in the US and Singapore had their vaccines, we will trust the types of vaccines used in the US and Singapore.

And since we are talking of our bodies and willing to pay for it if the need be – it is our consumer right enshrined in international consumer legalities and charters.