TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia has received its first allotment of 11.7 million vaccine doses produced by AstraZeneca from the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX)—a vaccination movement led by Gavi, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
Today’s first delivery batch, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, amounts to 1,113,600 doses.
“This delivery is the first batch from the multilateral COVID-19 vaccines. This initial batch will be delivered gradually until May 2021,” said Retno Marsudi at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport.
She commended the COVAX movement that attempted to guarantee equal access for the general public to COVID-19 vaccines and how it would continue until enough people were vaccinated to help end the pandemic.
COVID-19 vaccinations in Indonesia are currently ongoing despite a slow-pace average of less than one million daily vaccinations—but the figure is gradually increasing. The early recipients of the vaccines were three million people with another 1.1 million targeted for the second dose.