The Jakarta Post
The first batch of ventilators donated by the United States to treat COVID-19 patients will arrive in Indonesia early next month, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.
The delivery will arrive behind the initial schedule of early June.
“We continue to communicate [with the US] and have received information that the first shipment of 100 ventilators will arrive in early July,” Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday.
The US made the donation following a phone call between Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his US counterpart Donald Trump in April, in which the two state leaders agreed find ways to overcome shortages of medical equipment.
Apart from the US, Indonesia has also received two deliveries of medical supplies from China, comprising more than 150,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits, 80,000 medical masks, 1.3 million surgical masks, 80,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as 50 ventilators.
Indonesia has also received additional support in handling the outbreak from Japan, channeled through three international organizations, namely the Asian Productivity Organization (APO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNWOMEN) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
During the pandemic, Indonesia has collaborated with 116 international partners, comprising 11 countries, 12 international organizations and 93 NGOs. The country has also facilitated international business-to-business support for 15 entities.
Retno said Indonesia’s international engagement regarding COVID-19 remained a top priority among other peace and security issues.
The minister has twice participated in a meeting with other women foreign ministers about the gender impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the role of women in spurring the post-pandemic economic recovery.
She has also emphasized the importance of fair, transparent and inclusive allocation of vaccines, especially to the most vulnerable groups, with the International Coordination Group (ICG).
The country has also reached out to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to discuss concerns about increasing cyberattacks on hospitals and the rise of misinformation during the pandemic.