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Indonesia receives first AstraZeneca vaccines under COVAX facility

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 8, 2021   /  10:39 pm
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A cargo worker lifts a container of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses onto a truck after their arrival at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on March 8. Indonesia received 1.11 million doses through the COVAX facility, a multilateral vaccine distribution scheme.(Antara/Muhammad Iqbal)

Indonesia has received 1.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility, a multilateral effort seeking to ensure equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccines, carried by a Boeing 777 owned by Dutch flag carrier KLM, arrived at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Monday afternoon. Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia had been actively participating in the multilateral effort since October of last year. “These multilateral efforts have been starting to bear fruit since late February, when the cooperative effort kicked off its first deliveries of the vaccines. Today, Indonesia received the first shipment of 1.11 million ready-to-administer AstraZeneca vaccine doses,” she said during a press briefing on Monday. The shipment that arrived in Jakarta on Monday, she added, was part...