KUALA LUMPUR, 26 Oct 2009: Malaysia will receive at the end of this month 78,000 of the 400,000 doses of anti-H1N1 vaccine ordered from Britain for healthcare front-liners and high-risk groups.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said today that the remaining doses would arrive by January next year.
He said although the disease’s spread in the country was still under control, the situation should not be taken lightly with US President Barack Obama having declared H1N1 a national emergency in America two days ago.
Liow said Malaysia should be prepared to face the possibility of a second wave of the H1N1 at the end of this year.
“Of course the number of H1N1 patients warded in ICU is decreasing and the death caused by the pandemic is still at 77, but this is not the end,” he told reporters after opening a seminar on “Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases” at Selayang Hospital.
He also said the virus’s spread was still active in the country and advised the public to take the necessary precautions. — Bernama