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Khairy to hold further talks with health minister amid anxiety over AstraZeneca jab

He says while data shows that the vaccine is safe, public anxiety should not be ignored as it could jeopardise the immunisation programme.

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Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin says he will hold further discussions with Health Minister Dr Adham Baba on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country.

He said the discussion was deemed necessary after taking into consideration public anxiety about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine to be used in the immunisation programme.

“I will hold further discussions with Adham on this matter later today after taking into consideration the concerns of the people who discussed it openly on social media yesterday with some even beginning to feel afraid of getting vaccinated.

“I will announce (the outcome) tomorrow,” he told reporters after vising the vaccination centre at Dewan Wawasan 2020 in Kangar, Perlis, today.

He said despite having scientific data that proves the AstraZeneca is safe, public fear and anxiety should not be ignored.

“I have to take into account the opinion of the people who are disturbed by this. We don’t want the vaccine to jeopardise the immunisation programme,” he said.

Yesterday, Adham said the AstraZeneca vaccine was safe and would be given to those aged 60 and above in the second phase of the immunisation programme.

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