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Indonesia receives 1.8 million more doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine


FILE PHOTO: #An official checks on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines from #China’s #Sinovac #Biotech #Ltd. as they arrive at PT #Bio #Farma (#Persero) in the first shipment to #Indonesia in #Bandung, #West #Java province, #Indonesia, #December 7, 2020. #Courtesy of #Muchlis #Jr/Indonesian #Presidential #Palace/Handout via REUTERS

JAKARTA— #Indonesia received its second batch of coronavirus vaccines from #Sinovac on #Thursday, the country’s foreign and health ministers said, as the world’s fourth most populous country prepares a mass inoculation program.

The government took delivery of 1.8 million doses of the #Chinese vaccine, adding to the 1.2 million it received on #Dec. 6, and aims to vaccinate its 267 million population for free, starting with frontline health workers.

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“Before people return to work in #January, vaccines can be distributed to 34 provinces, so that we can start a vaccination program for health workers,” health minister, #Budi #Gunadi #Sadikin, said in a live telecast.

“It will take us more than 12 months to complete this vaccination program,” #Budi added.

The country is expecting to receive coronavirus vaccines from #AstraZeneca and #Pfizer before the end of the year and by the first week of #January respectively, having agreed to buy 50 million doses of each vaccine.

#It is still awaiting authorization to start using the #Sinovac vaccines.

#In total, #Indonesia has secured 329 million vaccine doses, including about 125 million from #Sinovac, 50 million from #Novavax and 54 million from the global vaccine program COVAX.

The country has recorded over 727,000 COVID-19 cases and 21,700 deaths, among #Asia’s highest tallies.

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