Indonesia to provide Covid-19 vaccine to 9.1 mln people in first phase


Indonesia will at the first phase provide the Covid-19 vaccine to 9.1 million people between November and December 2020, said the Health Ministry's Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto. - Reuters

JAKARTA, Oct 20 (Xinhua): Indonesia will at the first phase provide the Covid-19 vaccine to 9.1 million people between November and December 2020, the Health Ministry's Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto has announced.

The first phase of vaccination will be carried out on the groups of people with highest risk of Covid-19 infections, namely medical and public service workers including airport employees, soldiers and police personnel.

Yurianto said that the vaccine would only be given to people aged between 18-years-old and 59-years-old, because clinical trials of vaccine candidates in the world have yet to target categories outside that age range.

The vaccination will be carried out after the Indonesian Drug and Food Supervisory Agency (BPOM) issues an emergency use authorisation and the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) provides halal certification.

Meanhile, dpa that five people were found dead after a mudslide at an illegal gold mining site in Indonesia's North Kalimantan province, local media reported on Tuesday.

The miners were digging a mine shaft in Bulungan district when water from a rising tide seeped in and caused a mudslide that buried them on Sunday, provincial police spokesman Budi Rachmat said, as cited by Antara news agency.

Their bodies were found late Monday and Tuesday morning, Budi reportedly said.

Deadly accidents are common in illegal mining sites in Indonesia.
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