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Vaccine will not provide instant solutions

  • Ardila Syakriah

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 7 2020   /  01:00 am
A small bottle labeled with a 'Vaccine' sticker is held near a medical syringe in front of displayed 'Coronavirus COVID-19' words in this illustration taken April 10, 2020(Reuters/Dado Ruvic)

The possible development of a vaccine has brought as much hope to Indonesia as it has to any other country battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in late July that he expected that next year the Indonesian economy would be able to recover and that a vaccine would be discovered and mass vaccination for "all the people in the country" would be rolled out. Indonesia saw its GDP contract 5.32 percent in the second quarter of this year, the worst contraction since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, and unemployment haunts around 10 million people. COVID-19 cases and deaths, meanwhile, continue to soar. The government reported 1,815 new cases and 64 new deaths on Wednesday, pushing the national tally to 116,871 confirmed cases -- including 42,982 active cases -- and 5,452 fatalities. Government officials have nevertheless ...