RM10 billion needed to ride out the pandemic

In an interview with the News Strait Times newspaper on the budget for 2021, Professor Dr Maznah Dahlui said that Malaysia needs RM10 billion to safely ride out the Covid-19 pandemic next year.

Dr Maznah Dahlui, as the lead researcher in the Covid-19 Epidemiological Analysis and Strategies Taskforce (CEASE) under the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry, said the sum was projected to cover treatment, contact tracing, surveillance and testing, on top of the cost for delivering and administering vaccines when they were available.

She further adds that this sum, however, hinges on the prospect of the availability of a viable vaccine, a swift tapering of the current wave that is projected to stretch to March, as well as having fewer and shorter outbreaks.

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