Another batch of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Indonesia

JAKARTA, June 20 (Xinhua): Another batch of Covid-19 vaccines produced by the Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac arrived at the Soekarno Hatta Airport in Indonesia on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry.

In January 2021, Indonesia's Food and Drug Authority issued an emergency use authorization for the Sinovac vaccines amid efforts to fight the pandemic.

Indonesia has signed agreements on the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines through bilateral and multilateral cooperations as well as domestic research explorations.

The country has set up a target of inoculating 181.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to achieve herd immunity.

So far, authorities have administered 40.34 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, including 12.21 million doses for the second shot.

Indonesia is facing a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases one month after the Aidilfitro holiday with the detection of the more contagious Delta variant, as over 12, 000 daily cases were reported for three consecutive days.

The Covid-19 task force's spokesman Wiku Adisasmito has said that the number of Covid-19 cases has increased significantly in recent days, with 9, 944 new cases on Wednesday, 12, 624 on Thursday, 12, 990 on Friday and 12, 906 on Saturday, bringing the total cases to 1, 976, 172 and the death toll to 54, 291.

Based on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, the positivity rate also rose to 45.5 percent on Friday and 39.79 percent on Saturday.

"The number of new cases has also increased by 112.22 percent in the last four weeks, while after the long Aidilfitri holiday last year it was only 93.11 per cent," Adisasmito had said, - XInhua

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