|COVID-19||Statement on Business Operations|
|Statement on Continuity of Supply||Status in Malaysia – Movement Control Order|
|ExcelVite’s Response/Plans to COVID-19||Resources on COVID-19|
COVID-19 is a highly contagious disease that has infected near 2.9 million individuals globally at the time of writing (10th April 2020). The outbreak was first reported in Wuhan, China late last year, it has now emerged as a grave global crisis that is affecting 213 countries, and the World Health Organization WHO has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11th March 2020.
COVID-19 is caused by the severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2). The virus is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person – such as when someone with the disease sneezes next to you without covering up. After entering the body, SARS-CoV2 invades the entire respiratory system from the nose to the upper and lower respiratory tract (including the lungs). The symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In some severe cases, it will lead to pneumonia and eventually death. COVID-19 can infect people of any age, but it inflicts primarily those above 60 years of age and those who have underlying health conditions.
A study reports that 17.9% of COVID-19 patients were asymptomatic, which suggests a high chance we may be working closely or interacting with someone who is carrying the coronavirus without knowing it. As such, practicing frequent proper hand washing, as well as social distancing are the most effective ways available currently to prevent from contracting the virus.
The situation is changing rapidly every day. While we cannot predict how long it will take for the effects of COVID-19 to taper off, every individual must brace themselves, and seriously follow directives and regulations set by the authorities in order to safeguard themselves, their family and the community.
As a company – we have taken all necessary measures and actions to protect our employees from this outbreak and to minimize business impact, as well as fulfilling the role of a responsible company in mitigating coronavirus transmission.
Statement on Business Operations
The Management of ExcelVite wishes to inform that ExcelVite, as a company categorised under “Critical Manufacturing Sector – providing support to Essential Services” is allowed to continue to operate its manufacturing facility located at Chemor, Perak, Malaysia.
Statement on Continuity of Supply
ExcelVite’s business activities involve the production and supply of phytonutrients for health and pharmaceutical products, as well as renewable fuel – biodiesel – which are considered essential services and therefore we are allowed to continue to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) imposed by the Malaysian government to break the chain of infection and to flatten the curve.
ExcelVite is taking all necessary measures to minimize impact to our operations so as to ensure continuous supply of our range of products to our customers and business partners.
At such time when the pandemic is upon us and potentially operating in “unchartered waters”, we may expect some inevitable delay caused mainly by external factors (such as logistic bottleneck, supporting infrastructure, and reduced work force), or sudden increase in demand. We therefore beg for your indulgence and understanding should there be some delays in our delivery schedule.
It would also help us greatly if our customers are able to provide a short-term projection or estimate of their requirements of our phytonutrient products – EVNol™ / EVNol SupraBio™ / EVNolMax™ (tocotrienols) or EVTene™ / EVTeneSol™ (mixed carotene) to our respective Business Development Team members. This will allow us to make the necessary plans on allocation and shipping arrangement to avoid any unnecessary delays.
COVID-19 : Status in Malaysia – Movement Control Order 18th March – 12th May 2020
While the COVID-19 situation has improved in China, the rest of the world is now facing exponential uptick in COVID-19 cases. Since 11th March, WHO has declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, requiring everyone and every country in the world to work together to break the chain of infection and to “flatten the curve”, so as not to overwhelm the health care system of each country.
In Malaysia, we are pleased to see declining number of confirmed COVID-19 cases being reported. This shows that previous MCO stages implemented have been effective. As of Monday 12:00 noon (27th April 2020), Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 40 new COVID-19 cases, bringing it to a total of 5,820 cases in Malaysia. 37 positive cases require treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). A total of 3,957 cases had recovered and discharged from the hospital and 99 had succumbed. [Source: moh.gov.my, updated daily].
Malaysia is not in a lockdown at this moment. Rather, a Movement Control Order (MCO) is currently enforced to restrict population movement into and out of Malaysia, and shutting down non-essential public services and private companies. The MCO will last until 12th May.
COVID-19 : ExcelVite’s Response / Plans
Prior to the implementation of MCO, ExcelVite has set up a COVID-19 Crisis Management Team (CMT) that is led by the Operations Manager, Human Resource Manager and Safety & Health Officer of the Company.
A crisis management plan (CMP) has been created to guide all employees on the necessary precautionary measures and actions to be implemented within the Company, in order to safeguard the health and safety of employees and products.
The CMT is guided by relevant advisories issued by the WHO, Ministry of Health and other government authorities and the CMP will also be updated according to the latest national updates and advice.
The CMP covers four key business and operational risks as follows,
- Human resource management
- Process and business functions
- Supplier and customer management
- Communications, both internal and external
With the objectives to –
- Minimise health risk to employees
- Ensure plans are in place should employee be on leave of absence, quarantined or infected
- Ensure alternative arrangements with key suppliers and customers so that business operations can continue with minimal interruption
- Continuous uninterrupted supply and shipment of ExcelVite’s products – both phytonutrients and non-phytonutrients
Hence, the CMP also details work place and high-touch common area disinfection guidelines; daily health screening procedures and health declarations for employees who are required to report to duty; as well as procedures and steps to be taken for when an employee has been reported as not feeling well.
The following sites publish updates or media statements on COVID-19 regularly. Our customers are encouraged to get the latest information from these sources :
World Health Organization (WHO) – multilingual
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – English, Spanish, Chinese
Ministry of Health Malaysia COVID-19 Portal – Bahasa Malaysia
“We are all in this together”
Disclaimer: The above information is intended only for the employees of ExcelVite, as well as her related stakeholders, suppliers and customers. It is a brief explanation of the current COVID-19 situation and the actions planned and undertaken within ExcelVite to the best effort of the team, according to available resources and guidelines provided by the Malaysian Ministry of Health, and/or the World Health Organization (WHO). This is not to be perceived as a binding agreement to our stakeholders/ suppliers/ customers on any decisions on product or payment deliverability.