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Jokowi optimistic about COVID-19 vaccine

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 13 2020   /  01:00 am
Presiden Joko Widodo didampingi Menteri BUMN Erick Thohir (kedua dari kanan) saat melakukan kunjungan kerja ke pabrik Biofarma, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Selasa, 11 Agustus 2020.(Biro Setpres/-)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday voiced optimism about the COVID-19 candidate vaccine being developed in the country. “We have been developing our own vaccine for the past three months, specifically from the COVID-19 virus strain spread in Indonesia. Hopefully the vaccine will be ready soon and it [the vaccine development] is expected to be completed by mid-2021,” he said Tuesday at a ceremony to launch late-stage human trials of the vaccine being developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd with Indonesian state-owned peer Bio Farma at the Padjadjaran University (Unpad) School of Medicine’s hospital in Bandung, West Java. Twenty registered volunteers were injected with the potential vaccine for the first time at the hospital of Unpad’s School of Medicine on Tuesday. The trial is expected to finish in six months at the earliest and will ...