Dr Sim reminds public not to spread rumours, fake news about Covid-19 vaccines

Dr Sim addressing viewers in this screenshot taken from a livestream at the MBKS Community Hall on Wee's Facebook page today (May 13, 2021).

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 13: Minister for Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian reminded the public not to spread rumours and believe in fake news on Covid-19 vaccines created by certain people.

He asserted any Covid-19 vaccine is good whether it is manufactured by China, USA or the UK.

“Any Covid-19 is good. If we get vaccinated, we will have some level of protection.

“Once there is protection, the transmission (sic) of the virus will not be spreading fast.

“When the speed of the transmission of the virus is reduced, we will soon be able to recover to the lifestyle of the pre-Covid-19 pandemic,” he said during a livestream by Kuching South City Commission (MBKS) Dato Wee Hong Seng’s livestream on Facebook today.

Dr Sim was clarifying a comment by a netizen who claimed that those who received the US-manufactured Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine could not travel to China as the Chinese government does not recognise the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Dr Sim was at the Kuching Covid-19 One Stop Centre (OSC) located at the MBKS Community Hall here this morning to hand over some food in conjunction with the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration to frontliners as appreciation for helping the State government battle the Covid-19 pandemic.

He noted that there were more than 100 personnel from various government agencies working at the centre on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

He urges the public to cooperate with the government by adhering to standard operating procedures (SOPs) to bring down the number of Covid-19 cases as the coming four weeks will be a crucial time to gauge the effectiveness of the circuit breaker implemented by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

On another note, Dr Sim who is also the SDMC advisor said there are between 500 and 600 people visiting the Kuching Covid-19 OSC daily to take swab tests.

He disclosed that the Sarawak government on average spent RM1 million for 10,000 Covid-19 tests for Sarawakians.

On the strategy to combat Covid-19 in Sarawak, he said SDMC looked at the situation objectively, accessed the options and implemented what is the best approach for Sarawak.

Accompanying Dr Sim during his visit was Wee. — DayakDaily