Indonesia receives a shipment of 10 million Sinovac bulk vaccines at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang on June 20, 2021. (Photo Courtesy of Communication and Information Technology Ministry)

Indonesia Receives 10m Doses of Sinovac Bulk Vaccines

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

JUNE 21, 2021

Jakarta. A fresh shipment of 10 million doses of Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccines in bulk form landed at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang on Sunday.

The delivery marked the 17th phase of the Covid-19 vaccine arrival in Indonesia.

“We have received an additional shipment of 10 million doses in bulk. We now have a total of 91 million bulk vaccines to be produced into finished vaccines,” Health Ministry secretary-general Oscar Primadi said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Oscar, the government is sparing no effort to secure the targeted supply of 426.8 million shots — be it via bilateral or multilateral approach, as well as exploring domestic products. 

Indonesia's Covid-19 vaccine supply currently stands at 104.7 million doses. About 94.5 million shots came from Sinovac. Of that number, 91.5 million shots are in bulk and need to go through the bottling proocess before distribution to vaccination stations across Indonesia.

Global vaccine sharing scheme Covax facility has also shipped 8.2 million AstraZeneca doses. In addition, Indonesia has secured 2 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.

All three vaccines have received emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization. They have met international requirements in terms of quality, safety, and effectiveness for emergency use. Indonesia is aiming to vaccinate at least 181.5 million people for herd immunity, and vaccine plays a vital role in curbing the second wave of the pandemic, Oscar said.

“We will continue to distribute [the doses] and carry out the vaccination program so it will run smoothly," he said.

“We have also taken measures to speed up and boost the vaccination drive.” 

He also urged the public to remain compliant with the health protocols — avoid crowds, keep a safe distance from others, and mask up.

According to the Health Ministry, Covid-affected medical workers in Kudus, West Java, are gradually recovering. At least 90 percent of health workers who are self-isolating can return to work. The recovery is inseparable from the fact that almost 100 percent of the health workers in Kudus, which amounts to 6,000 people in total, are fully vaccinated.

The government also highlighted how vaccinations also managed to work wonders in fighting coronavirus in other countries. For instance, the UK's daily count dropped from around 60,000 to 5,000 after administering the vaccine to 101.51 percent of its population. The US also managed to lower their daily cases from 300,000 cases to 12,000 cases a day after vaccinating 91.57 percent of the population.

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