Minister Terawan Releases Statement on Vaccines and Prioritized Groups

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  • Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto. TEMPO/Egi Adyatama

    Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto. TEMPO/Egi Adyatama

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on Wednesday is clinging to hope for COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm and Britain’s AstraZeneca. will be able to fulfill the need to vaccinate 70 percent of Indonesians. 

    “While we wait for the Merah Putih vaccine that is expected to be ready in early 2022, we will make use of the partnership with China and the United Kingdom,” Terawan wrote in a statement on October 14. 

    He said that due to the limited options, the government will prioritize healthcare workers before others. 

    Terawan’s hopes are in line with the Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who in September said that they are eyeing for the COVID-19 task force to vaccinate 100 million Indonesians by January 2021. 

    “Our critical times will come in the next three months until our development for the vaccine to start in December,” said Luhut in September.

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