Dr Adham: 3,885 Delta samples identified


THE Science, Technology & Innovation Ministry of (Mosti) has identified 3,885 Delta variant samples out of 5,651 samples and two samples from the subvariant AY.4.2.

Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba (picture) said the samples were selected by the Health Ministry taken from all over the country and analysed by seven laboratories including the Malaysian Genome and Vaccine Institute (MGVI).

“To date, no Omicron variant has been reported. However, we will continue to conduct the sequencing and observe, lest the new variant enters our country.

“The more we conduct the sequencing, the higher the chances of us detecting specific variants, especially from individuals returning from abroad as their chances of getting such variants is high,” he said yesterday.

The MGVI was launched in conjunction with the National Vaccine Development Plan by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday to strengthen the country’s vaccine development ecosystem.

Meanwhile, Mosti through Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd has given a total of RM4.5 million to 18 MyHackathon winners.

MyHackthon is a programme and initiative under the National Economic Recovery Plan which provides services on various digital solutions to address the new norm in public services, and is slated to demonstrate impact as early as the middle of next year.

Dr Adham said that the public service, either at the state or federal level, has undergone various drastic changes, which includes the administration to go from conventional government to e-government, and is now in the phase of turning to a “digital government”.

“We must learn and strengthen our digital skills to support digital transformation, and work hand in hand with the government to improve the service delivery system for the public.

“We will also monitor the winners to ensure their pilot projects are implemented within one year and we look forward to continuing supporting this programme, as well as seeing its impact in years to come,” he added.