Deputy Finance Minister: 200,000 Covid-19 Vaccine Shots a Day Not Fast Enough

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  • A vendor receives a dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as Indonesia drives mass vaccination program for vendors at the Tanah Abang textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

    A vendor receives a dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as Indonesia drives mass vaccination program for vendors at the Tanah Abang textile market in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaDeputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara said the government keeps accelerating the delivery of the Covid-19 vaccine to the public as the economic recovery depends on the public's confidence to resume normal activities.

    “This week, we have been injecting around 200,000 doses of the vaccine per day. That's not fast enough. We need to be faster,” said Suahasil in a video conference on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

    However, he claimed that the speed of vaccination has already been better than it was two weeks ago. He believed that as more people get vaccinated, they are beginning to feel confident about going out and shopping which could stimulate demand.

    “As long as we are still worried about health issues and who we will meet at a restaurant and mall, we just stay at home and wait [until the pandemic ends],” Suahasil added.

    Previously, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto hoped that the number of Covid-19 vaccine shots per day could be increased further so that the target of inoculating 182 million Indonesian people could be achieved by the end of December 2021 as ordered by President Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

    “The current target for vaccination that is around 150,000 continues to be raised, and it is hoped that it can reach 900,000 to 1 million jabs per day,” said Airlangga in a video conference on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

    Read: 200,000 Doses Covid-19 Vaccine Injected to People in Jakarta

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