Indonesia starts Covid-19 vaccination for athletes as Covid-19 cases are now almost 1.33 million

A member of the media receives a dose of the Sinovac Biotech Ltd. Covid-19 vaccine at the Gelora Bung Karno Basketball Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Indonesia is requiring those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine to take the shots as the country seeks ways to quicken its inoculation program to curb Southeast Asia’s largest outbreak. - Bloomberg

JAKARTA, Feb 27 (Xinhua): Athletes in Indonesia started receiving Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, Indonesia's Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said.

According to the vice president, athletes are a vaccination priority group, especially those who will participate in domestic and global sports competitions.

"Then they must have good physiques. Don't let them fail to take part in the competitions because they are exposed to Covid-19," Amin said.

The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,208 within one day to 1,329,074, with the death toll adding by 195 to 35,981, the health ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, 7,382 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,136,054

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

Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali noted that one of the upcoming global sports competitions is the Tokyo Olympics, which was scheduled for this summer.

In the first stage, 5,000 athletes in Indonesia will be vaccinated against Covid-19, followed by another 7,000 in the second stage.

Indonesia began its mass Covid-19 vaccination drive on Jan. 13, with a target of inoculating 181.5 million people until next year.

So far, 28 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech have been available in Indonesia. - Xinhua
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