Indonesia receives first batch of Covid-19 vaccine under multilateral scheme

A woman reacts while receiving her first dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine for the coronavirus disease, during mass vaccination program for vendors at a traditional market in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 9, 2021. - Reuters

JAKARTA, March 9 (Xinhua): Indonesia began receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine under a multilateral scheme. A total of 11 million vaccine doses is expected to be received in the first batch.

Indonesia has received 1.1 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca under the Global Vaccine Alliance (GAVI) scheme. The 4.1 tonnages of vaccines landed at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Jakarta.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said more vaccines would be delivered to Indonesia under the scheme. Marsudi also emphasized that Indonesia would continue its support for the equal access principle to the vaccine for all.

"The total 1,113,600 doses of vaccine is just beginning of the first batch of vaccine deliveries under the multilateral scheme. Indonesia will totally receive 11,7004,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccine in the first batch," said Retno.

Indonesia has begun its Covid-19 vaccination programme.

The immunisation programme aims to inject at least 181 million or 70 pe rcent of the Indonesian population to produce herd immunity.

As of Tuesday (March 9), Indonesia has recorded more than 1.38 million cases.

Earlier on Tuesday, The Indonesian Food and Drug Authority has announced the issuance of the Emergency Use Authorisation for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

"We have conducted an evaluation process with a team of experts for the safety, efficacy, and quality of the AstraZeneca vaccine," the authority's head Penny K. Lukito said on Tuesday.

Based on clinical trials on 23,745 subjects, Lukito said, the AstraZeneca vaccine was effective in forming antibodies, both for the adult and elderly persons.

"We have also carried out a lot releases. The vaccine is ready to be used in the vaccination program," added Lukito.

On Monday, 1,113,600 doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Indonesia through the multilateral COVAX Facility. - Xinhua
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