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Anger as graft suspects, lawmakers' families get vaccinated

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, February 27, 2021   /  12:32 pm
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Medical workers undergo mass COVID-19 vaccination drive at Istora Senayan indoor stadium in Jakarta on Feb. 4, 2021. The government aimed to inoculate around 1.5 million medical workers in the first phase of the national COVID-19 vaccination program.(JP/P.J.Leo)

The inoculation of corruption suspects and families of lawmakers has prompted allegations of favoritism amid shortages in supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine. After inoculating medical workers in the first phase, the government has rolled out the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccination drive. Authorities are targeting around 38 million people, including the elderly, athletes and public service and essential workers between February and May. However, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recently made headlines for distributing vaccines to graft suspects in its custody. The antigraft body is currently holding 61 graft suspects in detention centers at and near its headquarters in South Jakarta. According to the commission’s statement, 39 detainees received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, including former Cabinet ministers Juliari Batubara and Edhy Prabowo. ...