Health Minister Says Elderly People May Get Covid-19 Vaccine from GAVI

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaHealth Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin announced that multilateral cooperation for Covid-19 vaccine procurement with the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) could lead to good deals. GAVI is an alliance of countries committed to supplying vaccines to up to 20 percent of a country's population.

    Under the World Health Organization (WHO), the coalition is the facilitator of Covax, the vaccines pillar of the access to Covid-19 tools (ACT) accelerator. “Hopefully, [we will receive] a minimum of 54 doses and a maximum of 108 doses of free vaccines from GAVI,” said Budi in a press conference on Monday, Jan. 11.

    Budi reiterated that the vaccine was likely to arrive sooner at the end of February or early March 2021. “The vaccines from GAVI are Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna which have been approved by their home country, as well as Novavax,” he added.

    The vaccine from GAVI could be given to senior citizens aged over 60 years. “We are discussing with the Coordinating Minister, what brand of vaccines we’d like to take,” Budi said.

    Indonesia reportedly needs 364 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines for 182 million targeted recipients. The government developed cooperation through bilateral and multilateral tracks for vaccine procurement, viz. Sinovac vaccine from China, Novavax from America-Canada, AstraZeneca from London, and Pfizer from Germany-America.

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