During Hungry Ghost Festival in Malaysia, paper vaccines are popular items

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As the world scrambles to inoculate people against COVID-19, one store owner in Malaysia is finding his paper vaccines have become popular. Raymond Shieh Siow Leong sells religious goods at his shop in the southern Malaysian city of Johor Bahru. This year, one of his fastest-selling items is a box set with a syringe and two vaccine vials made of paper. People are buying them to honor the dead during the Hungry Ghost Festival. They leave out food and paper objects for the spirits of the dead when they return to Earth during the seventh month of the Chinese Lunar calendar. This year, the festival is from Aug. 8 to Sept. 6. “The COVID-19 situation in our country is quite serious and many people passed away before receiving the vaccine. I hope this product can help the deceased to fulfill their dying wish,” Shieh said. (Reuters) This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

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