SHAH ALAM (Bernama): Sirim Bhd will cooperate with local institutions on studies during the preliminary stages of Covid-19 vaccine development in Malaysia, said Sirim group president and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Ahmad Sabirin Arshad. Ahmad Sabirin said the three institutes involved were the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the Veterinary Research Institute in Ipoh, Perak, and that Sirim would help carry out testing for the vaccine produced. "Sirim is ready to play an important role of providing assurance in the development of local vaccines to comply with international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing process. "It has held discussions with the IMR to also contribute in the development of the vaccine at the pre-clinical stage, and vaccine production on a pilot scale," he said at a press conference during the Sirim-Selvax Drive-Thru Vaccination Programme at its headquarters on Saturday (July 31). Ahmad Sabirin said ... » Learn More about Sirim to help in development of Covid-19 vaccines
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LONDON: British health authorities have urged more pregnant women to get coronavirus jabs after a national study found the Delta variant appeared to increase their risk of severe symptoms. Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer for England, wrote to GPs and midwives on Friday (Jul 30) urging them to encourage expectant mothers to get a jab as new data showed an increase in severe illness among those hospitalised with virus symptoms. She said she was calling on pregnant women to "protect themselves and their babies". The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives have also recommended vaccination of pregnant women. Public Health England has said it recommends pregnant women get Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines because they have been given to more than 130,000 pregnant women in the United States. READ: COVID-19 vaccination in women: Your top 17 questions answered A paper based on national data compiled by the ... » Learn More about UK urges pregnant women to get vaccinated given COVID-19 variant risks
Thailand- Thailand reported 18,092 new domestic cases of Covid-19 with 810 confirmed cases at prisons as well as 10 imported cases, marking a total of 18,912 daily infections, with 178 additional deaths in the past 24 hours. This makes a total of 568,424 cases of Covid-19 since the start of this recent round of infections in early April in Thailand. Additionally, 364,494 people in total have now been released from medical care and fully recovered since this current wave began. 10,750 people were released yesterday. The chart below shows total cases and recoveries since the original outbreak last year, however. Among 18,092 local new domestic cases, excluding the cases in the prisons, the highest number of infections listed by provinces was discovered in Bangkok with, 3,668 , Samut Sakorn with 1,178, Chonburi 1,062 , Samut Prakan with 872, and Rayong with 670. The fatalities were 92 men and 86 women (174 Thais, 2 Chinese, 1 Cambodian, and 1 Myanmar national) aged ... » Learn More about RECAP: Thailand announces 18,912 new cases of Covid -19 and 178 additional deaths
Britain's UN ambassador warned on Thursday, July 30, that half of Myanmar's 54 million people could be infected with COVID-19 in the next two weeks as Myanmar's envoy called for UN monitors to ensure an effective delivery of vaccines. Myanmar has been in chaos since the military ousted an elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, with protests and fighting between the army and newly formed militias. The United States, Britain, and others have imposed sanctions on the military rulers over the coup and repression of pro-democracy protests in which hundreds have been killed. "The coup has resulted in a near total collapse of the healthcare system, and health care workers are being attacked and arrested," British UN Ambassador Barbara Woodward told an informal Security Council discussion on Myanmar. "The virus is spreading through the population, very fast indeed. By some estimates, in the next two weeks, half of the population ... » Learn More about Britain warns COVID-19 could infect half of Myanmar in next two weeks
Chonburi – The Chonburi Public Health Office has released a timeline last night, July 31st, to inform people who went to specific places this month to notify health authorities and monitor their health. The following is an English translation of the release. La Baguette Bakery Cafe in Banglamung district from July 18th to the 28th between 11:30 AM. and 8:30 PM. Fresh Vegetable Stall (Booth 195) at Amon Nakhon Market from July 18th to the 28th between 11:00 PM. and 2:00 AM. Tor-Lae-Yum Tor-Lae-Tum (Isan Restaurant) in front of BigC Express in Banglamung district from July 18th to the 27th between 8:00 AM. and 8:00 PM. Jae-Jim Dessert at Ratanakorn Market in Banglamung district from July 18th to the 23rd between 9:00 AM. and 8:00 PM. Pa-Jaew (Fresh Vegetable Stall) at Amon Nakhon Market from July 18th to the 22nd between 11:00 PM. and 11:00 AM. Aod Fresh Fish at Amon Nakhon Market from July 18th to the 26th between 2:00 AM. and 9:00 AM. Me and Friend (Fresh Seafood ... » Learn More about TIMELINE: Chonburi Public Health Office informs residents who visited places in relation to most recent Covid -19 confirmed cases
Imagine this scene from the near future. Travel corridors have been established between Singapore and select countries. Your partner went for a getaway trip and served a week of home quarantine after returning. You joke that she missed out on a free stay at a five-star hotel, but who cares, you're both looking forward to attending a concert tonight. A real one, with instruments and crowds and overpriced beverages in plastic cups, and the band interacting with the fans. You rock up to the venue a little early, and take a Pre-Event Test (PET), easily done by huffing into a breathalyser . Your partner has a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, you test positive for Covid-19. You're not sure how it happened. Did it happen while you were queuing up for lunch at McDonald's? Or even at the office, the one time you took off your mask for a coffee break? You don't recall having any symptoms, having been fully vaccinated. Anyway, you're not getting into the concert tonight. ... » Learn More about Like it or not, Covid-19 will remain in the days to come. We’ll just have to live with it.
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Recently, the word "endemic" became a key buzzword in Singapore. At the end of May 2021, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he did not expect Covid-19 to disappear , but rather to become endemic, and "remain with humankind". Health minister Ong Ye Kung later echoed this view , stating that Covid-19 will likely become endemic, just like influenza. Multi-Ministry Taskforce co-chair Gan Kim Yong also said that Singapore will be able to lift "practically all social and workplace restrictions" when Covid-19 becomes endemic in Singapore. Basically, if you get a dollar for every time the word "endemic" has been in the news, you would get rich sooner rather than later. But what does it actually mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in Singapore? Pandemic vs endemic On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic , after the virus spread to over ... » Learn More about Mothership Explains: What does it mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in S’pore?
The Church of the Holy Cross at Clementi has been closed for 14 days, from July 31, 1pm to August 14, 1pm, after two cases of Covid-19 were detected at the church, according to the parish priest Henry Siew. Deep cleaning of the church has also been undertaken. Both cases attended Mass at the church on July 25 According to Facebook posts by the church, both of the cases attended a 7.30am Mass at the church on July 25. The first case that was detected is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic. On July 26, she tested positive and was quarantined. The church added that she is likely to have been infected from a market she visited earlier. The parish office was then contacted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on July 27. Worshippers who were in the same zone as the woman were contacted and placed under home quarantine order on July 28. As for the second case, she happened to be seated in the same zone as the first case during Mass. She was placed under home quarantine ... » Learn More about Church of the Holy Cross in Clementi closed for 14 days after 2 Covid-19 cases detected
Former Workers' Party secretary-general and Teochew-speaking maestro Low Thia Khiang will be addressing the elderly in Singapore in Teochew and Mandarin in a bid to encourage the senior folks to get their Covid-19 vaccine jabs amidst widespread hesitancy among that demographic group. Pritam enlists Low's help Low, 64, was approached by current WP chief Pritam Singh, who broached the idea of doing something for the community to encourage more elderly people to get jabbed, to up vaccination rates. Pritam revealed in his post that Low received his two doses of the Pfizer vaccine in April this year, making the former chief the minority among the more senior people in Singapore who are vaccinated. About 180,000 unvaccinated seniors Currently, there are slightly fewer than 180,000 elderly people who are still unvaccinated in Singapore. This figure has dipped slightly from 200,000, following mobile vaccination drives and concerted efforts to convince the elderly of the ... » Learn More about Pritam Singh gets Low Thia Khiang to record video in Teochew to encourage elderly to get vaccinated
SINGAPORE: When dining finally reopens – currently planned for Aug 18 when the current Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) curbs are set to end – F&B owners said their biggest worry is managing crowds when they have to check who is vaccinated or not. “We are sandwiched”, said Ya Kun Kaya Toast’s director of branding and market development Jesher Loi. “If the Government enforces, we will have to abide by that. So, we will make adjustments. We will have to check your app … and also there will be ambassadors around who will either insist or assist.” Speaking on CNA’s Heart of the Matter on Thursday (Jul 29), Mr Loi said he foresees huge challenges if his lean staff have to respond dynamically from behind the counter. In his experience, customers tend to look for a table first while one person in the dining group queues for their order. But F&B operators must ensure all of them have their temperatures checked and cannot make exceptions. READ: ‘Too many established names ... » Learn More about F&B veterans brace themselves for new rules when dining-in reopens