The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Too early to say vaccinatio­n an ‘immunity passport’


KUALA LUMPUR: It is too early to say whether Covid-19 vaccinatio­n will serve as the basis for an ‘immunity passport’ before one can start moving around freely, said Health directorge­neral Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the government still needs to look closely into outcome of vaccines’ efficacy and safety before it can make any decision on the matter. “Vaccinatio­n delivers hope to everyone of us but it’s too early for the government to make any decision on whether vaccinatio­n will be our ‘immunity passport’ to travel, around the world for example.

“Let us get the vaccinatio­n going and then get it evaluated from time to time,” he said in his pre-recorded presentati­on for the “Forward Malaysia: Charting New Paths to the Next Normal” webinar by Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia that was held via the Zoom applicatio­n yesterday. He said this in replying to a question on the immunity passport from Consultant Physician of Acute Medicine and Malaysian Advanced Acute Internal Medicine and Ultrasound Society president Datuk Seri Dr Paras Doshi, who was one of the speakers.

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