Indonesia Upbeat of Securing COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies for August

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  • Boxes containing the Moderna type of Covid-19 vaccine are seen upon the arrival at the Cargo Terminal of Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten, Sunday, August 1, 2021. With this arrival, a total of 8 million doses of Moderna vaccine have been obtained by Indonesia. ANTARA/Fauzan

    Boxes containing the Moderna type of Covid-19 vaccine are seen upon the arrival at the Cargo Terminal of Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten, Sunday, August 1, 2021. With this arrival, a total of 8 million doses of Moderna vaccine have been obtained by Indonesia. ANTARA/Fauzan

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian government is upbeat of securing COVID-19 vaccine supplies for August, following the arrival of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. on Sunday and the planned arrival of AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday from Britain.

    “The arrival of 3.5 million doses of ready-to-use Moderna vaccine and 620 thousand doses of ready-to-use AstraZeneca vaccine, has ensured that the stock is  secured. Totally, there are some 178 million doses,” Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy said on Sunday.

    He assured that the COVID-19 vaccine supply has achieved the target for inoculating two million people daily throughout August 2021.

    “A secured vaccine stock is needed to expedite and expand the vaccination program of two million doses daily in  August, in accordance with the President’s directives,” Muhadjir Effendy said a statement regarding the arrivals of COVID-19 vaccine batch 32 and 33 at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten, on Sunday.

    He confirmed that the Indonesian government has secured the supplies of 440 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines procured in several stages.

    The Indonesian Government on Sunday received 3.5 million doses of Moderna vaccine donated by the U.S. Governent and is expected to receive 620,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the Britain on Monday, through COVAX Facility, he said. 

    The Indonesian government has established cooperation with various countries in an attempt tp meet the needs for COVID-19 vaccine in country, he remarked.

    Furthermore, the government is striving to increase the COVID-19 vaccination coverage aimed at achieving a herd immunity against the diseases, he noted.

    Hence, the government urged the private sector, professional organizations, community organizations, and other institutions to work hand-in-hand to accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination implementation.

    “The vaccines sent to Indonesia are confirmed to be safe and halal. The people should not hesitate to be vaccinated,” he urged.

    He also reminded the public to implement the health protocols by regularly washing their hands, maintaining safe distancing and wearing face masks.

    Read: 3.5 Million Doses of Moderna Vaccines Arrived in Jakarta

    ANTARA