TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Throughout the pandemic, Indonesia had logged a total import of 121.9 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from China, which is one of the world’s largest vaccine producers and has become Indonesia’s massive supplier.
Reported by Bisnis.com, the Chinese Ambassador for Indonesia, Xiao Qian, explained that the supplies come from Sinovac and Sinopharm. Out of the total number, 6.4 million were imported in vials while 115.5 million are in bulk that need to be produced domestically.
In an online press conference on July 15, Xiao Qian pledged support for the Indonesian government during the pandemic while deepening the partnership across various sectors such as research, production, distribution, and more.
Globally, China has supplied 500 million vaccine doses to the world community and as of July, Sinovac and Sinopharm have supplied vaccines for the COVAX scheme that was initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The bilateral partnership between Indonesia and China has been broadened from politics, economy, and socio-cultural issues, to the maritime sector. He had also stated his optimism for future partnerships in vaccine production.