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Low-income patients to get COVID-19 vaccines for free, govt says

  • Ghina Ghaliya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 10 2020   /  01:00 am
Peneliti beraktivitas di ruang riset vaksin Merah Putih di kantor Bio Farma, Bandung, Jawa Barat, Rabu (12/8/2020). Vaksin COVID-19 buatan Indonesia yang diberi nama vaksin Merah Putih tersebut ditargetkan selesai pada pertengahan tahun 2021. (Antara/Dhemas Reviyanto)

Up to 98 million low-income patients whose healthcare premiums are fully funded by the state through the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) will get the COVID-19 vaccine for free, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has said. “Between 97 and 98 million PBI [recipients of contribution assistance] policyholders of the BPJS Kesehatan will get the vaccine for free. Of course, the government and the Health Ministry will see how it is for the non-PBI participants” he said in a hearing with House of Representatives Commission VII overseeing research and technology on Tuesday. Bambang, who also heads the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and is the person-in-charge of the national team to accelerate the development of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, said that the government was currently calculating the total cost of the vaccine....