Indonesia: Jokowi demands Covid-19 vaccination plan in two weeks as total in country nears 280,000


A volunteer receiving an injection of a COVID-19 candidate vaccine during the phase III trial in Bandung, West Java. The trial is being conducted on more than 1,600 healthy people in five areas across the West Java capital. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

JAKARTA, Sept 28 (The Jakarta Post/ANN): President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered the national Covid-19 and economic recovery committee to come up with a final plan for nationwide Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccination within the next two weeks.

“I demand that a detailed plan be ready within two weeks. (It should comprise) the commencement date, the location, who will perform (the vaccination) and who will be vaccinated, ”

Jokowi said during the opening of a Cabinet meeting on Monday (Sept 28). He asserted the importance of creating a comprehensive plan as soon as possible.

“So that whenever a vaccine is ready, we can directly carry out (vaccination) in the field."

Indonesia is currently in the process of clinical trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech in partnership with its Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma. The late-stage human trials involving some 1,620 volunteers were launched in August.

Indonesia reported 3,509 new coronavirus cases on Monday (Sept 28), taking the total number of confirmed infections to 278,722, data from the country's Covid-19 task force showed.

The data added 87 new deaths, taking the total to 10,473, the biggest death toll in South-East Asia.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has expressed its commitment to support the government regarding the medical equipment and vaccine distributions.

“I have met with (regional) chiefs of forces in many regions and asked them to be ready to continue the humanitarian operation, including duties to distribute vaccines to all regions nationwide,” TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said on Sunday (Sept 27) as quoted by tempo.co

All military equipment from the Navy and Air Force would be available for the distribution of medical logistics nationwide, he added.

“The distribution of personal protective gear for doctors and medical workers nationwide in March was also carried out by the TNI,” national Covid-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said. - The Jakarta Post/Asian News Network

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