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Government expects emergency vaccine approval within weeks

  • Dian Septiari and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 1, 2021   /  04:50 pm
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A medical professional at a community health center (Puskesmas) in Tapos, Depok, West Java, administers a vaccine during a COVID-19 vaccination simulation on Oct. 21, 2020.(JP/P.J.Leo)

Indonesia has received the second consignment of Chinese firm Sinovac Biotech's COVID-19 candidate vaccine, with the government seeking authorization for the vaccine’s emergency use within weeks. The additional 1.8 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Thursday, bringing the total to 3 million ready-to-use doses Indonesia has received so far after the first batch arrived on Dec. 6. Its efficacy, however, is still inconclusive. Authorities have been quick to focus on mass vaccination throughout the country, which has been fighting an uphill battle against the novel coronavirus with a lack of PCR testing and tracing. "In the near future, it's expected that 15 million doses of bulk vaccine from Sinovac, which will then be manufactured [into individual doses] by Bio Farma, will also arrive in Indonesia," For...