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Govt studying need for third booster shot amid concerns over Delta variant

Khairy Jamaluddin says more data is needed on how long the vaccine protection will last.

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The government says it is studying the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines against the Delta variant and the need for a third booster shot.

National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin said developed countries were procuring vaccines for next year as they were mulling the need for a third booster shot.

“We want to get better data on how long the vaccine protection will last and at what point we should begin the third dose, if needed.

“This is for next year’s forecast,” he said at a press conference after a visit to the Mitec vaccination centre in Kuala Lumpur today.

He said the data was needed so that Malaysia could decide whether to start vaccine procurement negotiations for next year.

Khairy also said that 90% of new infections in the UK are caused by the Delta variant.

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