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Indonesia secures vaccine sources amid fiercer competition

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A photo taken on March 22 shows vials of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine before being given to residents of Jombang regency, East Java.(Antara/Syaiful Arif)
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 20, 2021

Indonesia has secured enough buy-ins from its partners to provide a steady supply of COVID-19 vaccines for its procurement pipeline, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday, as global competition over the jabs heats up and the gap between rich and poor nations deepens.

Speaking at the vaccination of creative industry workers at the National Gallery in Jakarta, Budi gave an assurance that the country would have enough options to continue its vaccination drive even if global shortages get worse.

“Now the struggle to get vaccines is truly getting fierce all over the world. Thank God that Indonesia has four sources [to choose from],” he said at the public service event, broadcast live by the Presidential Secretariat.

The nation currently sources its vaccine jabs from several producers, including Chinese pharmaceuticals company Sinovac B...

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