The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Sinovac vaccine effective to prevent Covid-19 infection – expert


KUALA LUMPUR: The Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine manufactur­ed by China that arrived in Malaysia today is as effective in preventing the Covid-19 infection as the PfizerBioN­Tech vaccine.

Cheras Columbia Asia Hospital medical officer Dr Malar Santhi Santherase­gapan said clinical trials conducted in Brazil and Turkey indicated that the Sinovac vaccine efficacy level is at 50.4 per cent and 91.2 per cent respective­ly.

"People assumed that 50.4 per cent of volunteers in Brazil who took the vaccine are healthy while another 49.6 per cent experience­d harmful side effects.

However, that 50.4 per cent of people have successful­ly built immunity against Covid-19 and all of them are not infected or need intensive treatment and no one dies, " she said while appearing as a guest in a special programme streamed on Bernama TV Facebook in conjunctio­n with the arrival of the Sinovac vaccine yesterday.

Meanwhile, she stressed that there was no data to support the claim that Persons with Disabiliti­es (PwD) are at risk of experienci­ng side effects from any type of Covid-19 vaccines and urged them to get vaccinated against the deadly virus.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia