16 million doses of China's Sinovac vaccine arrive in Indonesia; 6,107 new cases reported as virus total hits 1,482,559

JAKARTA, March 25 (Xinhua): A total of 16 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in bulk produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech arrived on Thursday at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang district, Banten province.

"With this arrival of 16 million doses, it means cumulatively we have received 53.5 million doses of vaccine in bulk," Deputy Health Minister Dante Harbuwono told a virtual press conference on Thursday.

From Soekarno-Hatta Airport, all the doses of the vaccine will be transported to state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma in Bandung city, West Java province.

This is the seventh stage of the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines in Indonesia. The first stage arrived on Dec. 6, 2020, with a total of 1.2 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, and the second phase on Dec. 31, with 1.8 million doses of vaccine produced by the same company.

The next three stages were the arrivals of the Sinovac vaccine doses in bulk which were then further processed by Bio Farma.

The third stage arriving on Jan. 12, 2021, consisted of 15 million doses of vaccine and 1.5 million doses for overfill, the fourth phase came in Indonesia on Feb. 1, comprising 10 million doses of vaccine with 1 million doses for overfill, and the fifth stage reached the country on March 2, with 10 million doses of vaccine.

The sixth stage arrived on March 8, consisting of 1.1 million doses of vaccine researched by Oxford University and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. This vaccine was obtained from the COVAX Facility organized by the World Health Organization.

Indonesia started the mass Covid-19 vaccination on Jan 13, with a target of 181.5 million people until next year.

So far, around 6 million people in Indonesia have received the Covid-19 vaccine jabs, including three million who have accepted the second dose.

The confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia increased by 6,107 in the past 24 hours to 1,482,559, with the death toll adding by 98 to 40,081, its Health Ministry said on Thursday.

According to the ministry, 4,656 more patients were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries from the coronavirus epidemic to 1,317,199.

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

Specifically, in the past 24 hours, Jakarta recorded 1,726 new confirmed cases, West Java 1,172, Central Java 505, East Java 348 and East Kalimantan 320.

No new cases were detected in North Maluku province. - Xinhua
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