Most would agree that vaccination will be a game changer in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not only claimed thousands of lives but also impoverished many more in the country. But with global supplies of the much-needed vaccines limited partly as a result of so-called vaccine nationalism, the country’s bid to emerge from the crisis and build back stronger is facing a serious challenge.
The shortage in vaccine supply has been exacerbated by the recent decision of India, which produces the AstraZeneca vaccine for the Gavi/WHO-backed global COVAX vaccine-sharing facility, has halted exports, including 10 million doses to Indonesia, following a spike in infection cases in the country.
Delay in the shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines has impacted on the mass vaccination program, which currently is targeting elderly people and teachers. Spokesperson...
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