Malaysian Bishops to Contribute to Covid-19 Fund

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The bishops of Malaysia have pledged a sum of 1 million ringgits (US $ 240,000) to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund initiated by the Tzu Chin Foundation of Malaysia.

Along with other religious organizations and NGOs, the Malaysian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCM) has given its approval and support to this initiative, according to the Herald Malaysia.

“This is an emergency fund in response to the urgent appeal for help from our public hospitals and healthcare professionals for the supply of various medical equipment to deal with the high number of critical patients of Covid-19, “Father Michael Chua said in a chancellery notice. .

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“The CBCM has pledged a sum of 1 million ringgit for the above fund and the archbishops / bishops at the conference would like to urge all faithful to support this noble cause by donating to this fund.”

All donations will go to the Tzu Chi Foundation and this is a specific fund where 100 percent of the funds raised will be used for the stated purpose.

On June 11, the Archdiocese of Kuching also delivered personal protective equipment to Sarawak General Hospital including 10,000 KN95 masks and 6,200 medical isolation gowns.

More than 13 million citizens have already registered to be vaccinated as part of a mass vaccination program

The Church’s gesture of solidarity comes as Malaysia faces a rising tide of Covid-19 cases.

Malaysia reported 4,611 new cases on June 21, the lowest figure in more than a month but still above the average of 4,000 cases. It has recorded more than 700,000 cases and 4,477 deaths from the contagion.

The country has imposed a lockdown since June 1 which is expected to end on June 28, while more than 13 million citizens have already signed up to be vaccinated as part of a mass vaccination program.

Khairy Jamaluddin, coordinating minister of immunization, said the goal of fully immunizing 10% of the population – one of the key criteria to assess the easing of the ongoing lockdown – will not be met until June 28.

“By the end of June, we estimate that we will be able to deliver eight million doses. Based on the ratio of the first dose to the second dose, we must have administered 10.7 million doses to fully immunize 3.2 million of the population, ”Khairy said in a statement. Straits Times report.

“We expect to reach 10.7 million doses by mid-July.”

As of June 20, 1.6 million people, or 5% of the Malaysian population, had received both doses of the vaccine. A total of 4.2 million people, or 12% of the population, received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Straits Times.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has come under pressure from the public and constitutional monarchs for mismanaging the Covid-19 response.

Muhyiddin said last week that the government will allow all economic sectors, social activities and domestic tourism by the end of the year, when herd immunity is reached with 80% of the 32 million people fully vaccinated. .

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