Legal Challenges of the Covid-19 Vaccination Program: A Comparative Discourse between Malaysia and Australia

  • Mastika Nasrun Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Norazlina Abdul Aziz Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Nurasma Yahaya Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Sarah Munirah Abdullah Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: vaccine, COVID-19, Malaysia, drug control authority, law

Abstract

During the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many health-related industries were alarmed and pressured to innovate solutional vaccines to reduce the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extra effort and lab activities had taken place in several jurisdictions to respond to the increased demand for the COVID-19 vaccine. With these attempts, various vaccines were created and entered the market. All countries designed their own COVID-19 programme in the route to combat the viruses. These countries showed their willingness to invest to secure access to vaccines. In parallel to this development, the vaccination program is bombarded with several issues such as safety assurance, equal access to the vaccine, and protests by the anti-vaccine group. The inability to address these issues will jeopardise the success of building herd immunity which is the core in eradicating COVID-19 cases. Thus, this study explored and analysed the issues and challenges to have an effective vaccination program in a battle against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is a comparative study between Malaysia and Australia that includes safety measures, anti-vaccine groups and access to vaccines. This study adopts a qualitative method utilising the doctrinal study on the legal framework that describes the scope and limitation of power accorded to the Drug Control Authority of the selected jurisdictions. The research activities also include semi-structured interviews with relevant authorities using online interviews. The data are analysed using content and thematic analysis. Findings to this study may assist in identifying the loopholes within the administrative control on the vaccination program adopted by Malaysia.

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2021-10-10
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Nasrun, M., Abdul Aziz, N., Yahaya, N. and Abdullah, S. M. (2021) “Legal Challenges of the Covid-19 Vaccination Program: A Comparative Discourse between Malaysia and Australia”, Malaysian Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (MJSSH), 6(10), pp. 319 - 333. doi: https://doi.org/10.47405/mjssh.v6i10.1078.
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