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Jakarta Post

Jokowi demands vaccine road map in 2 weeks

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Clinical test simulation: A health worker injects a "vaccine" into a volunteer in a simulation of a clinical test for a COVID-19 candidate vaccine at Padjadjaran University’s School of Medicine in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday. The simulation was done to ascertain the readiness of medical workers in carrying out the third phase of clinical tests, which will involve 1,620 volunteers.(JP/Arya Dipa)

The government is drafting a presidential regulation for the national COVID-19 vaccination program, with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demanding that a detailed roadmap be ready within two weeks. But the lessons learned from previous immunization programs have experts advising officials to tread carefully and prepare for a bumpy road ahead. At the start of Monday’s weekly Cabinet meeting, the President demanded that the national economic recovery and COVID-19 response team come up with a plan for the state to distribute vaccines as soon as they are ready. "I demand that a detailed plan be ready within two weeks. [I want to see] the commencement date, the locations, who will carry out [the program] and who will be vaccinated,” Jokowi said, according to a transcript. Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said after the meeting that prep...