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Novavax and Takeda Announce Collaboration for Novavax’ COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate in Japan

  • Novavax will license COVID-19 vaccine technology to Takeda for local production and commercialization in Japan
  • Matrix-M adjuvant to be supplied from Novavax
  • Government of Japan will provide funding to Takeda for technology transfer, establishment of infrastructure and scale-up of manufacturing
  • Adds to Takeda’s ongoing support of influenza pandemic preparedness in Japan

GAITHERSBURG, Md. and OSAKA, Japan, Aug. 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a late stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, and Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK), today announced a partnership for the development, manufacturing and commercialization of NVX‑CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID‑19 vaccine candidate, in Japan. NVX‑CoV2373 is a stable, prefusion protein made using Novavax’ recombinant protein nanoparticle technology and includes Novavax’ proprietary Matrix‑M™ adjuvant. Takeda will receive funding from the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to support the technology transfer, establishment of infrastructure and scale-up of manufacturing. Takeda anticipates the capacity to manufacture over 250 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per year1.

“Takeda’s leading position in Japan, technical expertise, regulatory know-how and manufacturing capacity make the company an ideal partner to further expand the global availability of NVX‑CoV2373,” said Stanley C. Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novavax. “We look forward to collaborating with Takeda to rapidly develop, produce and commercialize the vaccine in Japan.”

Novavax and Takeda are partnering on manufacturing, clinical development and regulatory activities in Japan. Novavax will license and transfer manufacturing technologies to enable Takeda to manufacture the vaccine antigen and will supply the Matrix-M adjuvant to Takeda. Takeda will be responsible for regulatory submission to the MHLW and will produce and distribute NVX‑CoV2373 in Japan.

“Nothing is more important right now than protecting the world against COVID-19. We are excited to collaborate with Novavax to bring their promising vaccine candidate to Japan,” said Rajeev Venkayya, M.D., President of the Global Vaccine Business Unit, Takeda. “Today’s announcement builds upon our ongoing support of pandemic preparedness and demonstrates Takeda’s commitment to the health and well-being of the Japanese population.”

Novavax will be entitled to receive payments based on the achievement of certain development and commercial milestones, as well as a portion of proceeds from the vaccine.

About NVX-CoV2373

NVX‑CoV2373 is a vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of SARS‑CoV‑2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. NVX‑CoV2373 was created using Novavax’ recombinant nanoparticle technology to generate antigen derived from the coronavirus spike (S) protein and contains Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. In preclinical trials, NVX‑CoV2373 demonstrated indication of antibodies that block binding of spike protein to receptors targeted by the virus, a critical aspect for effective vaccine protection. In its Phase 1 data of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial, NVX‑CoV2373 was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody responses numerically superior to that seen in human convalescent sera. Novavax was awarded $1.6 billion by the federal government as part of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a U.S. government program to deliver millions of doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 to the U.S. population. The OWS funding is being used by Novavax to complete late-stage clinical development, including a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial; establish large-scale manufacturing; and deliver 100 million doses of NVX‑CoV2373 beginning as early as late 2020. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is also investing up to $388 million, and Department of Defense (DoD) is investing up to $60 million of funding to advance clinical development of NVX‑CoV2373.

About Matrix-M™

Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant has demonstrated a potent and well-tolerated effect by stimulating the entry of antigen-presenting cells into the injection site and enhancing antigen presentation in local lymph nodes, boosting immune response.

About Novavax

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a late-stage biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. Novavax is undergoing clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, its vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NVX‑CoV2373 was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody responses numerically superior to that seen in human convalescent sera in its Phase 1 data of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial. NanoFlu™, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both vaccine candidates incorporate Novavax’ proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant in order to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines; its proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

For more information, visit www.novavax.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Rare Diseases, Neuroscience, and Gastroenterology (GI). We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries.
For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com.

Takeda’s Commitment to Vaccines

Vaccines prevent 2 to 3 million deaths each year and have transformed global public health. For the past 70 years, Takeda has supplied vaccines to protect the health of people in Japan. Today, Takeda’s global vaccine business is applying innovation to tackle some of the world’s most challenging infectious diseases, such as dengue, Zika and norovirus. Takeda’s team brings an outstanding track record and a wealth of knowledge in vaccine development, manufacturing and global access to advance a pipeline of vaccines to address some of the world’s most pressing public health needs. For more information, visit www.TakedaVaccines.com.

Novavax Forward-Looking Statements

Statements herein relating to the future of Novavax and the ongoing development of its vaccine and adjuvant products, including statements regarding the rights and responsibilities of each of Novavax and Takeda in their partnership, plans related to manufacturing [(including vaccine antigen dose amounts)], development, regulatory and commercial activities in Japan, potential payments to Novavax from Takeda, Novavax’ expectations of third-party funding and anticipated timing of Novavax’ clinical trial results are forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by words such as “expect,” “look forward,” “potential,” “will” and similar references to future periods. Novavax cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include uncertainty of success in the development and potential commercialization of NVX-CoV2373, unexpected delays in clinical trials or regulatory review of NVX-CoV2373, potential set backs in scaling up manufacturing of NVX-CoV2373, adverse impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Novavax’ business, Novavax’ future capital requirements and availability of funding, as well as those risks identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Novavax Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and updated by any Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, particularly the risks inherent to developing novel vaccines. Investors, potential investors, and others should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties. We caution investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. You are encouraged to read our filings with the SEC, available at sec.gov, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of the statements.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and any materials distributed in connection with this press release may contain forward-looking statements, beliefs or opinions regarding Takeda’s future business, future position and results of operations, including estimates, forecasts, targets and plans for Takeda. Without limitation, forward-looking statements often include words such as “targets”, “plans”, “believes”, “hopes”, “continues”, “expects”, “aims”, “intends”, “ensures”, “will”, “may”, “should”, “would”, “could” “anticipates”, “estimates”, “projects” or similar expressions or the negative thereof. These forward-looking statements are based on assumptions about many important factors, including the following, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements: the economic circumstances surrounding Takeda’s global business, including general economic conditions in Japan and the United States; competitive pressures and developments; changes to applicable laws and regulations; the success of or failure of product development programs; decisions of regulatory authorities and the timing thereof; fluctuations in interest and currency exchange rates; claims or concerns regarding the safety or efficacy of marketed products or product candidates; the impact of health crises, like the novel coronavirus pandemic, on Takeda and its customers and suppliers, including foreign governments in countries in which Takeda operates, or on other facets of its business; the timing and impact of post-merger integration efforts with acquired companies; the ability to divest assets that are not core to Takeda’s operations and the timing of any such divestment(s); and other factors identified in Takeda’s most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F and Takeda’s other reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, available on Takeda’s website at: https://www.takeda.com/investors/reports/sec-filings/ or at www.sec.gov. Takeda does not undertake to update any of the forward-looking statements contained in this press release or any other forward-looking statements it may make, except as required by law or stock exchange rule. Past performance is not an indicator of future results and the results or statements of Takeda in this press release may not be indicative of, and are not an estimate, forecast, guarantee or projection of Takeda’s future results.

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Kazumi Kobayashi
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1.     The projected capacity is an estimate only based on current assumptions from Novavax.

Novavax and Serum Institute of India Announce Development and Commercial Collaboration

  • Expected to support minimum of 1 billion doses of NVX-CoV2373 for India and low- and middle-income countries
  • Leverages Serum Institute’s existing reach and infrastructure
  • Builds on and complements Novavax-CEPI collaboration to develop and distribute NVX-CoV2373 for low- and middle-income countries through the COVAX Facility
  • Serum Institute gains exclusive rights to commercialize in India and non-exclusive rights to commercialize in other LMIC countries
  • Important first step in ensuring global supply during worldwide pandemic       

GAITHERSBURG, Md., Aug. 06, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX), a late-stage biotechnology company developing next-generation vaccines for serious infectious diseases, today announced a license agreement with Serum Institute of India Private Limited (SIIPL) for the development and commercialization of NVX‑CoV2373, Novavax’ COVID‑19 vaccine candidate, in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and India. This agreement excludes major upper-middle and high-income countries, for which Novavax continues to retain rights. NVX‑CoV2373 is a stable, prefusion protein made using Novavax’ recombinant protein nanoparticle technology and includes Novavax’ proprietary Matrix‑M™ adjuvant.

“Novavax is strongly committed to ensuring a global supply of NVX‑CoV2373, including for low- and middle-income countries that are also significantly impacted by coronavirus,” said Stanley C. Erck, President and Chief Executive Officer of Novavax. “As the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer in terms of doses delivered, Serum Institute is the ideal partner to advance NVX‑CoV2373 throughout India and the LMIC countries. This partnership continues to build on our companies’ collaborative history.”

For LMICs and India, Novavax and SIIPL are partnering on clinical development, co-formulation, filling and finishing and commercialization of NVX-CoV2373. SIIPL will be responsible for regulatory submissions and marketing authorizations. Novavax will provide to SIIPL both vaccine antigen and Matrix‑M adjuvant, and Novavax and SIIPL are in discussions to have SIIPL manufacture vaccine antigen in India. Novavax and SIIPL will split the revenue from the sale of product, net of agreed costs.

“We believe that Novavax’ NVX-CoV2373 has significant potential to successfully prevent COVID-19. Given our experience with Novavax on the development of a malaria vaccine, we know the power of their vaccine technologies,” said Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer of Serum Institute of India. “We will work urgently together to bring this vaccine to patients in these geographies.”

This agreement further boosts the global supply of the NVX-CoV2373 vaccine and builds on and complements Novavax’ collaboration with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Through that partnership with CEPI, Novavax has committed to develop and manufacture significant amounts of NVX-CoV2373, if proved safe and effective, to be procured and distributed equitably by the COVAX Facility through a globally fair allocation framework.

About NVX-CoV2373

NVX‑CoV2373 is a vaccine candidate engineered from the genetic sequence of SARS‑CoV‑2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease. NVX‑CoV2373 was created using Novavax’ recombinant nanoparticle technology to generate antigen derived from the coronavirus spike (S) protein and contains Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. In preclinical trials, NVX‑CoV2373 demonstrated indication of antibodies that block binding of spike protein to receptors targeted by the virus, a critical aspect for effective vaccine protection. In its Phase 1 portion of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial, NVX‑CoV2373 was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody responses numerically superior to that seen in human convalescent sera. Novavax was awarded $1.6 billion by the federal government as part of Operation Warp Speed (OWS), a U.S. government program to deliver millions of doses of a safe, effective vaccine for COVID-19 to the U.S. population. The OWS funding is being used by Novavax to complete late-stage clinical development, including a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial; establish large-scale manufacturing; and deliver 100 million doses of NVX‑CoV2373 beginning as early as late 2020. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is also investing up to $388 million, and Department of Defense (DoD) is investing up to $60 million of funding to advance clinical development of NVX‑CoV2373.

About Matrix-M™

Novavax’ patented saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant has demonstrated a potent and well-tolerated effect by stimulating the entry of antigen-presenting cells into the injection site and enhancing antigen presentation in local lymph nodes, boosting immune response.

About Novavax

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a late-stage biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. Novavax is undergoing clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, its vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. NVX‑CoV2373 was generally well-tolerated and elicited robust antibody responses numerically superior to that seen in human convalescent sera in its Phase 1 portion of the Phase 1/2 clinical trial. NanoFlu™, its quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both vaccine candidates incorporate Novavax’ proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M™ adjuvant in order to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines; its proprietary recombinant technology platform combines the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

For more information, visit www.novavax.com and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Serum Institute of India

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. was founded in 1966 by Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla with a mission of manufacturing life-saving immuno-biologics. Serum is the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by number of doses produced and sold globally (more than 1.3 billion doses). It is estimated that about 65% of the children in the world receive at least one vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute. Vaccines manufactured by Serum are accredited by the World Health Organization, Geneva and are being used in approximately 170 countries across the globe.

Serum is ranked as India’s No. 1 biotechnology company, manufacturing highly specialized lifesaving biologics like vaccines using cutting edge genetic and cell-based technologies, antisera and other medical specialties.

The philanthropic philosophy of Serum continues with its work on newer vaccines and biologicals.

Learn more about Serum Institute of India at https://www.seruminstitute.com/.

About CEPI

CEPI is an innovative partnership between public, private, philanthropic, and civil society organizations, launched at Davos in 2017, to develop vaccines to stop future epidemics. CEPI has moved with great urgency and in coordination with WHO in response to the emergence of COVID-19. CEPI has initiated 9 partnerships to develop vaccines against the novel coronavirus. The programs will leverage rapid response platforms already supported by CEPI as well as new partnerships. The aim is to advance COVID-19 vaccine candidates into clinical testing as quickly as possible.

Before the emergence of COVID-19 CEPI’s priority diseases included Ebola virus, Lassa virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, Nipah virus, Rift Valley Fever and Chikungunya virus. CEPI also invested in platform technologies that can be used for rapid vaccine and immunoprophylactic development against unknown pathogens (Disease X).

Novavax Forward-Looking Statements

Statements herein relating to the future of Novavax and the ongoing development of its vaccine and adjuvant products, including statements regarding the manufacturing of vaccine antigen dose amounts and timing, are forward-looking statements. Novavax cautions that these forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties include those identified under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Novavax Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and updated by any Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, particularly the risks inherent to developing novel vaccines. We caution investors not to place considerable reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. You are encouraged to read our filings with the SEC, available at sec.gov, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this document, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any of the statements. Our business is subject to substantial risks and uncertainties, including those referenced above. Investors, potential investors, and others should give careful consideration to these risks and uncertainties.

Contacts:

Novavax

Investors
Silvia Taylor and Erika Trahan
ir@novavax.com
240-268-2022

Media
Brandzone/KOGS Communication
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kaplan@kogspr.com
617-974-8659

ASEAN must purchase COVID-19 vaccine as a bloc

PUTRAJAYA, ASEAN must prioritise procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine as a bloc to increase its availability for the region, said Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

 

In his remarks in conjunction with the 53rd ASEAN Day celebration at Wisma Putra here today, Hishammuddin said that Malaysia had always maintained that it was imperative that the vaccine must be a global public good that was equitable, accessible and affordable for all.

 

He said that ASEAN in future must position itself as a hub for vaccine production or distribution to further drive costs down and accelerate ASEAN as a region for biotech innovation.

 

 

 

 

“As the world races to find a COVID-19 vaccine, ASEAN as a collective of over 650 million people must find ways to remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure ASEAN is prioritised in the development and distribution of the vaccine in future,” he said.

 

Moving forward, he said that ASEAN needed to prioritise vaccine diplomacy and realise that all the nations would not return to any sense of normalcy without the vaccine needed to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“In every great crisis lies great opportunity. Whilst vaccine diplomacy is just one of them, COVID-19 must serve as a wake up call for us to leave our comfort zones and explore new areas of cooperation that we can take advantage of,” he said.

 

 

Also present at the celebration were Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and International Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong.

 

Founded in 1967, ASEAN comprises of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

Speaking to reporters after the event, Hishammuddin said that he had raised the need for the COVID-19 vaccine at the ASEAN level in his recent telephone conversations with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

 

He said that ASEAN member countries should use their advantages as one voice when faced with powers that have room to help ASEAN.

 

“There is no point if the COVID-19 vaccine reaches Malaysia while neighbouring countries are still facing pandemic challenges,” he said.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

RON95, RON97 petrol prices down 5 sen, diesel down 4 sen per litre

KUALA LUMPUR, The retail prices of RON95 and RON97 petrol will go down by five sen per litre while that of diesel will drop four sen per litre for the period of Aug 8 to Aug 14.

According to a statement from the Finance Ministry today, based on the weekly retail pricing of petroleum products using the Automated Price Mechanism (APM) formula, the new price per litre for RON95 is RM1.63, RON97 (RM1.93) and diesel RM1.79.

“The government will continue to monitor the impact of global crude oil price changes and take appropriate measures to ensure the welfare and wellbeing of the people,” the statement said.

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

National Blood Centre makes urgent appeal for donors

KUALA LUMPUR,  The National Blood Centre is appealing for blood donations from members of the public, especially those with blood type A and B, to meet daily demands in hospitals.

 

In a statement today, the centre pointed out that with the COVID-19 situation faced by the country now, blood reserves are now more required.

 

“Regular blood donation is important to meet daily blood demands.

 

 

 

“Carry out your social responsibility to help save patients in need,” the centre made the call in a statement.

 

Those who wish to donate can do so at the centre or a blood bank nearby, or check out blood donation service locations, organised by the centre, through the link http://pdn.gov.my/index.php?option=com_jevents&v.

 

The National Blood Centre in Jalan Tun Razak is open Monday to Friday, from 7.30 am to 8 pm, while on Saturday and Sunday, from 8 am to 6 pm.

 

 

Operation hours at the Midvalley Donation Suite, Mid Valley Mega Mall, is from Monday to Sunday (10 am to 9 pm) while the Puspanita Blood Donation Suite, Puspanitapuri in Putrajaya opens from Monday to Sunday (10 am to 6 pm).

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

 

 

COVID-19: Indonesia records 2,473 new cases, deaths rise to 5,593

Indonesia has recorded 2,473 COVID-19 new cases within 24 hours, bringing the tally of positive cases to 121,226.

 

Based on the Indonesian government’s official website on COVID-19, www.covid19.go.id today, 80,200 patients were still being monitored for the viral infection.

 

Between noon yesterday and noon today, 72 more deaths were reported, bringing the total number in the republic to 5,593.

 

 

 

 

Jakarta Province has now recorded the biggest number of positive cases at 24,601, followed by East Java (24,493) and the rest occurred in the 32 other provinces.

 

However, East Java Province still has the highest number of deaths so far at 1,834, followed by Jakarta (913), Central Java (709), South Sulawesi (334) and the rest of the provinces.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

JAIS orders closure of surau, school in Shah Alam over COVID-19

 

SHAH ALAM, The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) today ordered the immediate closure of a surau and a religious school in Section 23 here after it was found that a worshipper at the surau had been in close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual of the Sivagangga Cluster in Kedah.

 

JAIS director Mohd Shahzihan Ahmad said the Surau Al-Jannah and the nearby Sekolah KAFA Al-Jannah will only be allowed to operate again after JAIS gives the word.

 

The surau will not be allowed to hold the fardhu prayer and Friday prayer as well as other religious activities as a measure to check the spread of COVID-19 infection among the local people, he said in a statement.

 

 

 

The surau and school will also have to be sanitised at once, he said, adding that the surau committee has been ordered to monitor the situation closely.

 

Mohd Shahzihan advised the local community not to panic because the closure of the surau is a normal procedure to prevent the spread of the disease.

 

The Health Ministry reported the Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI) Sivagangga Cluster on July 28, saying it originated from a restaurant owner and permanent resident who had returned to Jitra, Kedah, from India on July 13.

 

 

The individual tested negative for COVID-19 at the KL International Airport and was placed under home quarantine but did not heed the order and subsequently tested positive for the disease and was admitted to the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Kedah.

 

Today, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that the Sivagangga Cluster has registered 43 cases so far, 31 of them in Kedah, 11 in Perlis and one in Penang.

 

The cases include 12 reported as of noon today, of which 10 are in Perlis and one each in Kedah and Penang.

 

 

 

Source: BERNAMA News Agency