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Jakarta Post

Indonesian government promises big, then falters in vaccine procurement

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Elderly people sit distanced from one another as they wait their turn for a pre-COVID-19 vaccination screening at a community health center (Puseksmas) in Palmerah, West Jakarta, on Feb. 25. The government aims to inoculate some 21 million people aged 60 and above, but global supply shortages threaten to delay vaccine deliveries to Indonesia and elsewhere.(JP/Ardila Syakriah)
Ardila Syakriah
Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 8, 2021

For months, the government promised the people of Indonesia that it would secure hundreds of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various international partners.

Its timely vaccine diplomacy made Indonesia among the first few countries in Asia to get a head start on its vaccination drive – and supporters of the state were quick to remind any detractors of this fact.

But as the reality of the recent embargo-induced global shortage of vaccines slowly sinks in, the government can no longer deny that Indonesians might have to wait longer than promised for their jabs, if only because of a growing sense of protectionism among vaccine-producing countries.

The nation is slowing down its vaccine roll-out to account for limited supplies following shipment delays of 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine via the multilateral COVAX-GAVI fair distrib...

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