Indonesia president says vaccine will help stop virus spread, support economy

Indonesian President Joko Widodo receives a shot of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 13, 2021. Courtesy of Agus Suparto/Indonesian Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday the country's mass COVID-19 vaccination programme was important to stop the spread of coronavirus and would help accelerate economic recovery.

Speaking more than an hour after receiving the first shot of the immunisation drive, Jokowi, as the president is known, said the programme using the CoronaVac vaccine of China's Sinovac Biotech will immediately start in regions across the country.

(Reporting by Fransiska Nangoy, Maikel Jefriando, Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Martin Petty)

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