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Jakarta Post

Home-grown vaccines

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin )third left) oversees the vaccination drive against young cleric from Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in Surabaya, East Java on March 23. One-hundred NU young clerics are inoculated using the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is declared 'haram' (forbidden) by the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) for using pork-derivative product during its production.(Antara/Moch. Asim)
Editorial board
Jakarta   ●   Sat, April 17 2021

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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