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Kelantan denies state leaders cut queue for Covid-19 vaccination

KOTA BARU: Kelantan has denied its state leaders were pushed ahead of frontliners to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the state.

State Government, Health and Housing Committee chairman Dr Izani Husin said they had never interfered on matters involving Covid-19 vaccine distribution and this includes providing the names of who should receive the inoculation to the state health department.

He described such rumours which had gone viral on social media as nothing more than fake news.

"As a state executive councillor, I would like to say that the news which went viral on social media such as Facebook and WhatsApp over the past few days is not true.

"The news stated that the state government had cut the queue of those (frontliners) supposed to receive the vaccine. For us, this is fake, has a bad intention and seeks to slander the state government as we (the state government) had never interfered in such matters and never pressured the state health department to make the decision," he said in a statement.

Dr Izani also denied any discussion was held with the state health department to provide a list of names of those from the state government who should be inoculated with the vaccine.

"I had also asked the state health director and his deputy whether someone from the state government had approached them and pushed them with the name list but they denied it," he said.

Dr Izani said he was surprised with information that allegedly said that the state government had provided the names of 200 individuals (for vaccination)r as the real figure was only 23 people.

"The 23 names are not provided by the Menteri Besar but by the state health department. I also don't know where the 200 names in the list came from," he said.


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