The RM 3 billion allocation announced for the COVID-19 vaccine cannot be found in the Budget 2021
We call on the government to review the allocations for health under the 2021 federal budget.
With shrinking national budgets, increasing deficits, demands for welfare assistance, and economies which are struggling to recover from month long lock-downs and harsh restrictive measures, investing in the unknown is a difficult decision to make.
The best chance of success for any country is to participate in an endeavour which diversifies and broadens access to a broad portfolio of possible vaccine candidates.
A select committee is much needed to provide rigorous oversight to the actions, policies, and governance of the Ministry of Health, particularly since it is the budget holder, regulator and healthcare provider.
Proposals should not come from an angry or frustrated place, and must be evidence-based.
Developing the capacity to rapidly fill vaccine vials and finish packaging vaccines for manufacturers in a public health emergency, is an issue of national security.
Member of Parliament for Parit, Mohd Nizar Zakaria has a serious job and big shoes to fill.