Jakarta. Indonesian Consumer Protection Foundation (YLKI) on Monday (27/06) urged the Indonesian public to file a class action suit against the Health Ministry and the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) for failing to prevent the distribution of fake vaccines, which according to police investigations had been circulating freely in the market completely undetected for an incredible 13 years.
YLKI chairman Tulus Abadi said although the police have arrested the suspects and launched further investigations into the case, the public can also contribute by filing a class action suit against the ministry and the drug monitoring agency.
“The public doesn’t have direct access to the vaccines. The fake vaccines were distributed through medical institutions, by medical officers. They can be sued for negligence,” Tulus said in Jakarta.
Parents whose children were born after 2004 should consider suing the Health Ministry since their sons and daughters could have been injected with the fake vaccines.
“We're ready to facilitate a class action suit to prevent more negligence from the ministry and the BPOM,” Tulus said.
Separately, Jakarta Health Agency Head Koesmadi Priharto said the agency has started its own investigations into private medical facilities, clinics and hospitals to find out where the fake vaccines had been distributed.
Fake vaccines had apparently been used in medical facilities in Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java and Yogyakarta.
The police have arrested 15 people and named all of them suspects in the unfolding case.