Govt Approves China's Sinovac Vaccine for the Elderly

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  • A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) administers a dose of Sinovac's vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass vaccination for medical workers at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) administers a dose of Sinovac's vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass vaccination for medical workers at the Istora Senayan stadium in Jakarta, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia has approved China’s Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine for the elderly population. The food and drugs authority (BPOM) stated that in a letter to state-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma, as quoted from Reuters on Saturday, Feb. 6.

    The letter showed that Bio Farma has approved the vaccine for those aged 60 and above after ‘taking into account the emergency situation”.

    The Covid-19 task force spokesman, Wiku Adisasmito, confirmed the authenticity of the letter, as did a Bio Farma spokesman.

    A BPOM spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Indonesia gave Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine its first emergency use approval outside China as the world’s fourth most populous country launches nationwide inoculations.

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