सीधे मुख्य सामग्री पर जाएं

Why Malaysia can't escape the fact that instant Covid-19 vaccines are not foolproof

By Jay Ihsan* 

Try as hard, the Malaysian government cannot escape the fact that the “instant” Covid-19 (C19) vaccines are not foolproof.
Individuals, be it children, adults and elderly, have suffered injuries post-C19 immunisation.
As of August 4, 2022, some 84.1 percent of the population in Malaysia were fully vaccinated against C19. Among the Malaysian states, Klang Valley recorded the highest fully vaccinated population rate, at 100.8 percent.
Yet the prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob-led administration is straying as far possible from shouldering accountability and responsibility for the disastrous C19 vaccination aftermath.
One way it has done so is by refusing to use the term “compensation” to recognise and accept injury or harm suffered by those who were C19 inoculated.
The Health Ministry is “pleased” that money given out through the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma - a responsibilty of the Prime Minister’s Department) for adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) be known simply as “financial aid” and not “compensation”.
Through a written parliamentary reply in March this year, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said a total of RM195,000 was paid out under the “Special Financial Assistance Adverse Effects of Covid-19 Vaccine” scheme to those who experienced serious vaccine-related side effects.
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To the National Pharmaceutical Agency (NPRA), it was all about “financial assistance, not compensation” as it struggles to avoid the unpleasant reality as to whether this meant the government was trying to avoid culpability for disastrous effects of the C19 vaccines. (NPRA processess AEFI reports and monitors safety of C19 vaccines)
NPRA’s perplexing clarity came on March 22, 2022, a year after the BN administration first declared the “Special Financial Assistance Adverse Effects of Covid-19 Vaccine” scheme on March 22 last year.
NPRA pharmacovigilance division head Dr Azuana Ramli held a media briefing in March this year to clarify:
“People think it’s pampasan (compensation); it’s not. It’s actually bantuan (assistance).”
When pressed further about the government’s noncommittal stand on accepting responsibility for AEFI, it was NPRA director Dr Roshayati Mohamad Sani who responded:
“That was what was agreed in the Cabinet, if I’m not mistaken – special Covid-19 financial assistance, not compensation.
“They did not say ‘compensation’, they stated ‘financial assistance’ to help with any difficulties.”
Dr Azuana cited the Health Ministry’s (MOH) guideline on the scheme.
“It’s clear on what it actually is.”
The Ministry’s Guidelines on Applications for Special Financial Assistance Adverse Effects of Covid-19 vaccine makes no mention of “compensation” (pampasan).
The Covid-19 vaccine injury scheme gives out “assistance” of not more than RM50,000 to “Covid-19 vaccine recipients” who suffer serious adverse effects requiring long-term hospitalisation.
A sum of not more than RM500,000 is handed out for disability or death “caused” by the C19 vaccines. The government however has stopped short of singling out a particular C19 vaccine that is AEFI-linked. It has been steadfast in saying no deaths have been linked to the C19 vaccines.
In March last year, then prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin declared the doubling of Malaysia’s C19 immunisation budget to RM5 billion to hasten the country’s target of vaccinating 80% of its 32 million population by December 2021, instead of February 2022.
The rush also saw Malaysia doing away with reservation for a second shot of the Pfizer vaccine for those who had been given the first dose.
Malaysia’s C19 immunisation drive started on February 23, 2021 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The China developed Sinovac Biotech vaccine use kicked off on March 18.

Claims not given urgency

A reporter for an English daily when covering the NPRA media briefing relayed her frustration in applying for “compensation” after she was hospitalised for serious side effects post-C19 booster shot.
She had said the authorities told her it was “highly unlikely” that her condition was caused by Covid-19 vaccination.
“Why is there such a hesitance from the government to acknowledge this? Is it because you want to under-report? This is from my personal experience.”
How did the authorities conclude that it was “highly unlikely” the journalist’s situation had no relation to the C19 inoculation? Is the government hiding the truth about the number of fatalities and injuries caused by the C19 vaccines?
The journalist decried as “tedious” and lengthy the “compensation” process as it takes one month for the doctor to fill up the form.
Just as fed up was one Annie Joseph from Sungai Buloh, Selangor who penned her frustration in a letter to English daily New Straits Times. Published on January 5, 2022, Annie took Nadma to task for dragging its feet in handling the C19 deceased payment.
“I relate the case of a friend, Lim Siew Ngoh whose mother died due to Covid-19 in Aug 2020.
“I helped my friend get all the required documents from the Sg Buloh Hospital to be forwarded to Nadma.
“I had WhatsApped, as requested, all the documents to Nadma in Putrajaya on Aug 14, 2021.
“There was no acknowledgement of the receipt of the documents or any communication about the application being processed.
“I asked the department by e-mail whether the application is being or has been processed, and was always referred to a certain website.
“When you call the office, the phone rings for a long time but no one attends to it.
“The government must look into such issues to ensure that the applicants to Nadma receive a reply or acknowledgement and keep the applicant informed by telephone or email.
“The families of the Covid-19 deceased expect Nadma not to make life more difficult for them,” wrote an exasperated Annie.

Govt and authorities not telling the truth

NPRA’s Dr Azuana had said it encouraged people to report any side effects to prevent safety issues in the Malaysian population that could see the vaccine being recalled.
“For example, myocarditis was not detected in the clinical trials,” she then said, referring to heart inflammation that has been reported internationally after inoculation with mRNA Covid-19 vaccines.
“It was detected through post-marketing surveillance. That’s why it’s important to report all reactions.”
When and for how long a time did the so-called clinical trials take place? Was “ emergency use” not the excuse given for the C19 vaccines to be unveiled without any testing?
Dr Azuana’s superficial concern is troubling. Would she rather vaccines that resulted in injury in individuals continue to be used?
Is Dr Azuana oblivious to the fact that the C19 vaccines were an “instant” reaction to the “pandemic”?
Why is NPRA not being transparent about the truth surrounding C19 vaccines – that they cause a host of life threatening injuries and deaths?
Clearly, NPRA like the government is trying hard to be politically correct: the truth that C19 vaccines are both not dependable and not needed is a bitter pill to swallow for Malaysia and the world.
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*Journalist based in Malaysia

टिप्पणियाँ

ट्रेंडिंग

हिंदी आलोचना जैसे पिछड़ चुके अनुशासन की जगह हिंदी वैचारिकी का विकास जरूरी

- प्रमोद रंजन*   भारतीय राजनीति में सांप्रदायिक व प्रतिक्रियावादी ताकतों को सत्ता तक पहुंचाने में हिंदी पट्टी का सबसे बड़ा योगदान है। इसका मुख्य कारण हिंदी-पट्टी में कार्यरत समाजवादी व जनपक्षधर हिरावल दस्ते का विचारहीन, अनैतिक और  प्रतिक्रियावादी होते जाना है। अगर हम उपरोक्त बातों को स्वीकार करते हैं, तो कुछ रोचक निष्कर्ष निकलते हैं। हिंदी-जनता और उसके हिरावल दस्ते को विचारहीन और प्रतिक्रियावादी बनने से रोकने की मुख्य ज़िम्मेदारी किसकी थी?

ગુજરાતના સ્થાપના દિવસે યાદ કરીએ ભારતના વિશ્વપ્રસિદ્ધ ગુજરાતી પુરાતત્વવિદ્ ને

- ગૌરાંગ જાની*  આજે કોઈ ગુજરાતી એ કલ્પના પણ ન કરી શકે કે વર્ષ ૧૮૩૯ માં જૂનાગઢમાં જન્મેલા એક ગુજરાતી વિશ્વ પ્રસિદ્ધ બની શકે! પણ આપણે એ ગુજરાતીને કદાચ વિસરી ગયા છીએ જેમણે ગિરનારના અશોક શિલાલેખને દોઢસો વર્ષ પૂર્વે ઉકેલી આપ્યો.આ વિદ્વાન એટલે ભગવાનલાલ ઈન્દ્રજી. ૭ નવેમ્બર, ૧૮૩૯ ના દિવસે જૂનાગઢના પ્રશ્નોરા નાગર બ્રાહ્મણ પરિવારમાં તેમનો જન્મ થયો હતો. જૂનાગઢના એ સમયે અંગ્રેજી શિક્ષણની સગવડ ન હોવાને કારણે તેમને અંગ્રેજી ભાષાનું જ્ઞાન ન હતું પણ પાછળથી તેમણે ખપ પૂરતું અંગ્રેજી જાણી લીધું હતું.

Under Modi, democracy is regressing and economy is also growing slowly

By Avyaan Sharma*   India is "the largest democracy in the world", but now its democracy is regressing and its economy is also growing slowly. What has PM Modi's ten years in power brought us? Unemployment remains high. Joblessness is particularly high among India's youth - with those aged 15 to 29 making up a staggering 83% of all unemployed people in India, according to the "India Employment Report 2024", published last month by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD). The BJP-led government did not provide jobs to two crore youth in a year as was promised by Modi in the run up to the 2014 general elections.

नफरती बातें: मुसलमानों में असुरक्षा का भाव बढ़ रहा है, वे अपने मोहल्लों में सिमट रहे हैं

- राम पुनियानी*  भारत पर पिछले 10 सालों से हिन्दू राष्ट्रवादी भारतीय जनता पार्टी (भाजपा) राज कर रही है. भाजपा आरएसएस परिवार की सदस्य है और आरएसएस का लक्ष्य है हिन्दू राष्ट्र का निर्माण. आरएसएस से जुड़ी सैंकड़ों संस्थाएँ हैं. उसके लाखों, बल्कि शायद, करोड़ों स्वयंसेवक हैं. इसके अलावा कई हजार वरिष्ठ कार्यकर्ता हैं जिन्हें प्रचारक कहा जाता है. भाजपा के सत्ता में आने के बाद से आरएसएस दुगनी गति से हिन्दू राष्ट्र के निर्माण के अपने एजेण्डे को पूरा करने में जुट गया है. यदि भाजपा को चुनावों में लगातार सफलता हासिल हो रही है तो उसका कारण है देश में साम्प्रदायिकता और साम्प्रदायिक मुद्दों का बढ़ता बोलबाला. इनमें से कुछ हैं राम मंदिर, गौमांस और गोवध एवं लव जिहाद. 

Laxmanpur Bathe massacre: Perfect example of proto-fascist Brahmanical social order

By Harsh Thakor  The massacre at Laxmanpur-Bathe of Jehanabad in Bihar on the night of 1 December in 1997 was a landmark event with distinguishing features .The genocide rightly shook the conscience of the nation in the 50th year of Indian independence. The scale of the carnage was unparalleled in any caste massacre. It was a perfect manifestation of how in essence the so called neo-liberal state was in essence most autocratic. 

रैंकिंग: अधिकांश भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिरा, इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी

- प्रमोद रंजन*  अप्रैल, 2024 में भारतीय विश्वविद्यालयों की अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर उच्च रैंकिंग की चर्चा रही। मीडिया ने इसका उत्सव मनाया। लेकिन स्थिति इसके विपरीत है। वैश्विक विश्वविद्यालय रैंकिग में अच्छा स्थान मिलने की खबरें, कुछ संस्थानों को इक्का-दुक्का विषयों में मिले रैंक के आधार पर चुनिंदा ढंग से प्रकाशित की गईं थीं। वास्तविकता यह है कि हाल के वर्षों में हमारे अधिकांश विश्वविद्यालयों का स्तर बहुत गिर गया है। इस साल भी यह गिरवाट जारी रही है।

दाँव उल्टा पड़ा: राहुल गांधी के रूप में हम एक साधारण इंसान को नायक होते देख रहे हैं

-  अमिता नीरव  संघ औऱ बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी पर जो सोचकर ‘इन्वेस्ट’ किया था, उसके परिणाम गंभीर रूप से नुकसानदेह आ रहे हैं। ये थोड़ी अटपटी बात लग सकती है, लेकिन सोचिएगा कि संघ और बीजेपी ने राहुल गाँधी को जितना गंभीरता से लिया, उनकी संभावनाओं को लेकर वे जितना श्योर थे, उतना तो खुद राहुल और कांग्रेस भी नहीं थी।

नोएडा में मैन्युअल स्कैवेंजर्स की मौत: परिवारों को मुआवजा नहीं, प्राधिकरण ने एफआईआर नहीं की

- अरुण खोटे, संजीव कुमार*  गत एक सप्ताह में, उत्तर प्रदेश में सीवर/सेप्टि क टैंक सफाई कर्मियों की सफाई के दौरान सेप्टिक टैंक में मौत। 2 मई, 2024 को, लखनऊ के वज़ीरगजं क्षेत्र में एक सेवर लाइन की सफाई करते समय शोब्रान यादव, 56, और उनके पत्रु सशुील यादव, 28, घटुन से हुई मौत। एक और घटना 3 मई 2024 को नोएडा, सेक्टर 26 में एक घर में सेप्टि क टैंक को सफाई करते समय दो सफाई कर्मचर्मारी नूनी मडंल, 36 और कोकन मडंल जिसे तपन मडंल के नाम से जानते हैं, की मौत हो गई। ये सफाई कर्मचर्मारी बंगाल के मालदा जिले के निवासी थे और नोएडा सेक्टर 9 में रहते थे। कोकन मडंल अपनी पत्नी अनीता मडंल के साथ रहते थे। इनके तीन स्कूल जाने वाले बच्चे हैं जो बंगाल में रहते हैं। नूनी मडंल अपनी पत्नी लिलिका मडंल और अपने पत्रु सजुान के साथ किराए पर झग्गी में रहते थे। वे दैनिक मजदरूी और सफाई कर्मचर्मारी के रूप में काम करते थे।

બે પુખ્ત યુવક-યુવતીન જીવનસાથી બનવા નક્કી કરે તો સત્તાધારીઓના પેટમાં કેમ ગોળો ચઢે છે?

- બિપિન શ્રોફ   “લવ જેહાદ”! કેવો લાગ્યો આ  શબ્દ?  શું મારુ કે તમારું નાકનું ટેરવું તો ચઢી ગયું  નથી ને? લખનાર અને વાંચનાર બે માંથી કોઈના મા-બાપની કોઈ ગરાશ તો લૂંટાઈ ગઈ નથી ને ? એ તો જેને વીતે તેને ખબર પડે? પરોપ દેશે પાંડિત્યમ! કેમ? ખરી વાત ને? 

बिहार के ऐतिहासिक विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय के खंडहरों की परिक्रमा का रोमांचक अवसर

- सुमन्त शरण  कुछ दिन पहले एक सुदूर ग्रामीण अंचल (पीरपैंती)  से तकरीबन डेढ़-दो घंटे की दूरी पर अवस्थित ऐतिहासिक बौद्ध विक्रमशिला विश्वविद्यालय (के अवशेषों) की परिक्रमा का अवसर मिला। विक्रमशीला विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना पाल वंश के राजा धर्मपाल ने की थी। 8वीं शताब्दी से 12वीं शताब्दी के अंत तक यह विश्वविद्यालय भारत के प्रमुख शिक्षा केंद्रों में से एक हुआ करता था। कहा जाता है कि यह अपने कुछेक अत्यंत अनूठे नवाचार के चलते उस समय नालंदा विश्वविद्यालय का सबसे बड़ा प्रतिस्पर्धी था। हालांकि, मान्यता यह भी है कि अल्प अवधि के लिए दोनों विश्वविद्यालय के बीच शिक्षण एवं प्रबंधन के क्षेत्रों में घनिष्ठ पारस्परिक संबंध एवं शिक्षकों के आदान-प्रदान का सिलसिला भी रहा था। यह विश्वविद्यालय तंत्रशास्त्र की पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा विख्यात था। इस विषय का एक सबसे विख्यात छात्र अतीसा दीपनकरा था, जो बाद में तिब्बत जाकर बौद्ध हो गया। इसके प्रथम कुलपति ज्ञान अतिस थे।