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Jakarta Post

For the benefit of all, COVID-19 vaccination must not be for the few

For the benefit of all, COVID-19 vaccination must not be for the few This photograph shows a syringe poses on a vial of AstraZeneca anti-covid-19 vaccine in a pharmacy in Paris on March 12, 2021, as pharmacies have been authorised to give Covid-19 vaccinations - for the first time in the vaccination campaign in France. (Agence France Presse/Martin BUREAU / )
Rosalia Sciortino (The Jakarta Post)
Bangkok   ●   Thu, April 22, 2021

In Southeast Asia, as in other parts of the world, COVID-19 vaccines have become the object of desire for those who are impatiently waiting to be protected. In a region where there is scant expression of anti-vaccine sentiments and where initial worries among some Muslim groups have been calmed by halal certifications, the greatest concern is that there will not be sufficient vaccines for the entire population or not soon enough.

The task of covering the region’s 673 million people is daunting because of purchasing and delivery challenges. As of April 17, Indonesia’s 17 million doses, the highest number in the region, only covered 3.1 percent of its large population, while Singapore’s 1.3 million doses covered 30 percent of its tiny population. Other Southeast Asian ...

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