Indonesia to Receive 10 Million Doses of Sinovac Vaccine This April

Translator

Antara

4 April 2021 21:10 WIB

Health workers are seen injecting a vaccine to a person during the first dose of mass COVID-19 vaccination in Palembang, South Sumatra, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. A total of 350 religious leaders in Palembang received the first dose of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. ANTARA PHOTOS / Nova Wahyudi

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesia is scheduled to receive another 10 million doses of Sinovac vaccine in April 2021, according to Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, spokesperson of the Health Ministry's COVID-19 Vaccination.

"This number adds to the availability of the Sinovac vaccine in the country, which has reached 28 million doses," she said in a text message here on Sunday.

Of the existing stock of 28 million doses, five million have been distributed to several provinces while 11 million doses will be distributed early this month.

The remaining 12 million doses are still under the process of vaccine production by state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma which has established cooperation with Sonovac.

She mentioned about India's policy on embargo of AstraZeneca vaccine shipment to Indonesia. "Hence, the delivery is delayed until May 2021," she remarked.

Despite the delay in the AstraZeneca vaccine delivery, she was optimistic that the government would still be able to pursue a herd immunity target by vaccinating a total of 181.5 million Indonesians.

"This will be completed by the end of December 2021. Of course, there is still time for us to accelerate the vaccination coverage according to schedule," she noted.

She also ensured that the COVID-19 vaccination program will continue during the fasting month of Ramadan which will start on April 13. 

Meanwhile, during a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in WuYi, Fujian province, China, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi submitted a proposal for turning Indonesia into a vaccine hub for Southeast Asia, as part of long-term vaccine cooperation.

"This idea is still in its early stage, but what we are proposing includes cooperation to strengthen vaccine development research, develop raw material industries, and increase national vaccine production capacity," she said during a press conference held from China on Friday.

The idea was discussed with Wang Yi during talks on strengthening vaccine partnership, both in the long and short term, she informed.

The two countries will hold further discussions on the long-term vaccine cooperation, but in principle, China has expressed its support for the Indonesian initiative, she said.

During the meeting, Indonesia also expressed the hope that, in the short term, the Chinese government would continue to provide support so that the delivery of vaccines, which has become a binding commitment, can be carried out according to the agreed schedule, she said.

"We also discussed the issue of strengthening vaccine cooperation directly with vaccine producers in China," said Marsudi.

The discussion comes at a time when vaccine producing countries have imposed export restrictions and bans on the grounds of meeting domestic needs, as several countries are facing a spike in cases.

Read: Not All Sinovac Bulks Processed into Finished Vaccines: Bio Farma

ANTARA



Indonesia Rolling Out HPV Vaccines for Children Age 11 to 12

2 hari lalu

Indonesia Rolling Out HPV Vaccines for Children Age 11 to 12

Indonesia is rolling out Human Papillomavirus or HPV vaccines to be administered to all children aged 11 to 12.


Second Booster for COVID-19 Not Required for Travel: Govt

4 hari lalu

Second Booster for COVID-19 Not Required for Travel: Govt

The Indonesian government continues to encourage its citizen to immediately get a second booster or the fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine.


Jakarta Allocates 60,000 Doses of Covid Vaccines Daily for Second Boosters

10 hari lalu

Jakarta Allocates 60,000 Doses of Covid Vaccines Daily for Second Boosters

Jakarta Health Office provides a total of around 60,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per day in 300 locations


Bio Farma Aims to Make IndoVac as COVID-19 Multi-strain Vaccine

12 hari lalu

Bio Farma Aims to Make IndoVac as COVID-19 Multi-strain Vaccine

PT Bio Farma is aiming to make its COVID-19 vaccine, IndoVac, a multi-strain vaccine after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.


East Java Confirms 1.2 Million Ready-to-inject Doses of Inavac Vaccine

26 hari lalu

East Java Confirms 1.2 Million Ready-to-inject Doses of Inavac Vaccine

East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa ensured that 1,225,000 doses of locally made COVID-19 vaccine, Inavac, ready to be injected.


Latest Requirement for Boarding Trains: Children Under 12 Years Old Don't Have to Get Vaccines First

45 hari lalu

Latest Requirement for Boarding Trains: Children Under 12 Years Old Don't Have to Get Vaccines First

The latest train regulation relieves children's age aged 6-12 years that have not yet been vaccinated to be allowed to travel by train


China Launches Second COVID-19 Booster Shot

51 hari lalu

China Launches Second COVID-19 Booster Shot

China will offer a second COVID-19 booster dose to certain groups who received their first booster shot more than six months ago.


BRIN Develops Virus-like Particle to Make Vaccines

57 hari lalu

BRIN Develops Virus-like Particle to Make Vaccines

National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has developed a virus-like particle (VLP) as one of the platforms for producing vaccines.


Jokowi Takes 2nd Covid-19 Booster Jab from Homegrown Indovac

24 November 2022

Jokowi Takes 2nd Covid-19 Booster Jab from Homegrown Indovac

President Jokowi on Thursday announced his second booster vaccination from the homegrown Covid-19 vaccine Indovac.


Early Symptoms of Polio and Its Vaccines

22 November 2022

Early Symptoms of Polio and Its Vaccines

Indonesia's Health Ministry recently detected a case of type 2 polio in Pidie, Aceh.