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Jakarta Post

Don’t rush COVID-19 vaccines, doctors warn

  • Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 24 2020   /  01:00 am
FILE PHOTO: A volunteer is injected with an experimental Chinese coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as Turkey began final Phase III trials at Kocaeli University Research Hospital in Kocaeli, Turkey September, 25, 2020. (REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Indonesia’s doctors have warned the government not to rush its COVID-19 vaccination programs and patiently wait instead for the results of ongoing trials to be published, as the state pushes for the emergency use authorization of vaccine candidates currently being developed in China.   Several professional medical associations have spoken out in alarm at the way the government is betting on the success of unfinished vaccines to solve the problems associated with the coronavirus outbreak in the country, despite scant evidence of the vaccines’ effectiveness and safety for human use.   “Vaccination is an important program but it cannot be rushed,” the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) said in a statement to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto.   The IDI said that the government must choose vaccines that yielded good official resu...