No placebo used as part of the national vaccination program against Covid-19, according to the Ministry of Health

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Health confirms that no placebo is used under the National Covid-19 Immunization Program (NCIP).

In a statement Wednesday, Jan. 26, the ministry said claims made in a viral video that placebos were used in NCIP were not true.

He said that placebos, which did not contain “active substances”, were used in clinical studies, where recipients would be randomly divided into two groups where one received the active substance, while the other received a placebo.

“This situation is only used in clinical trials, not for registered products used in the NCIP,” the Department of Health said.

He further pointed out that all pharmaceutical products, including vaccines approved by the Medicines Control Authority (DCA), were produced by manufacturers who complied with international standards such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), the Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Program (PIC/S) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Product quality monitoring is done throughout the manufacturing process, where quality control tests will be carried out on each batch before being marketed, and for registered products, it only contains active ingredients and excipients that have been certified by DCA for commercialization, and not a placebo,” the statement read.

He added that the National Drug Regulatory Agency (NPRA) has also assessed manufacturing documents and carried out cold chain inspections for each batch of Covid-19 vaccine products through a strict batch release process, in order to ensure the content and quality of vaccine products.

The Ministry of Health also questioned how the party in the video obtained a sample of a Covid-19 vaccine and carried out a test on its contents, when in fact Covid-19 vaccines were only allowed to be used. sold and supplied only to government and government. – authorized parties.

As such, the ministry said it considers the claims made in the video to be false news and an attempt to confuse the public and tarnish the integrity of the ministry, adding that it will file reports with of the Police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on the matter. – Bernama

Maria J. Book