10 million doses of raw materials for Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine arrive in Indonesia; virus total now hitting 1.1 million


JAKARTA, Feb. 2 (Xinhua): A total of 10 million doses of raw materials for COVID-19 vaccine from the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Indonesia's city of Tangerang on Tuesday, an official said.

"The government is trying hard efforts to tackle Covid19, including through vaccination," the Health Ministry's Secretary General Oscar Primadi said.

With the arrival, there are 28 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in Indonesia, Primadi noted, adding that among them, 3 million doses were ready to use, and another 25 million doses arrived in the form of raw materials

Bambang Heriyanto, Corporate Secretary of Indonesian state-run vaccine manufacturer Bio Farma, said 15 million doses of vaccine raw materials that arrived in Indonesia on Jan 12 are still under process for the ready-to-use vaccine, targeted to be completed on Feb 11.

Heriyanto said the raw materials that arrived Tuesday would be processed starting from Feb. 13 and expected to be completed on March 20.Indonesia is targeting to administer the Covid-19 vaccine to 181.5 million people until next year.

A spokesperson for the Health Ministry's Covid-19 Vaccination said more than 500,000 medical workers have so far been vaccinated.The target is that 1.5 million medical workers would have been vaccinated before the end of February

."After that, 17.4 million public workers will be vaccinated," the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 10,379 within one day to 1,099,687, with the death toll adding by 304 to 30,581, the health ministry said on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, 12,848 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 896,530.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

Specifically, within the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 3,362 new cases, West Java 2,068, Central Java 1,116, East Java 847 and East Kalimantan 443.

No more new positive cases were found in West Nusa Tenggara province.

Indonesia's total numbers and death toll are the worst in South East-Asia and among the highest in Asia. - Xinhua
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