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Jakarta Post

Private sector picks up slack in vaccine drive

Elderly people sit distanced from one another as they wait their turn for pre-COVID-19 vaccination screening at a community health center in Palmerah, West Jakarta.(JP/Ardila Syakriah)
Ardila Syakriah
Jakarta   ●   Mon, April 12 2021

As the government slows down its free inoculation rollout for priority groups due to limited vaccine supplies, a separate, private vaccination scheme has potentially secured 40 million doses of vaccines for the employees of participating companies. The doses are expected to arrive gradually and as early as late April.

State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma president director Honesti Basyir recently told lawmakers that vaccine supplies for the private program currently in discussion involved 15 million doses of dual-shot vaccines and 5 million single-doses from Chinese firms Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics, respectively, and 20 million dual-doses from Russia’s Sputnik V.

Bio Farma has been tasked with procuring and distributing COVID-19 vaccines for both the government’s free vaccination drive and the private scheme — the latter of which h...

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