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1.8 Mln Doses of Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Arrive in Indonesia

  • A truck loaded with boxes containing China's COVID-19 vaccines at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2020.

    A truck loaded with boxes containing China's COVID-19 vaccines at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2020. | Photo: Xinhua

Published 1 January 2021 (16 hours 11 minutes ago)
Opinion

This country plans to vaccinate 181.5 million people in order to achieve herd immunity and break the chain of coronavirus transmissions.

A total of 1.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine made by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech on Thursday arrived in Indonesia.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said this is the second batch of the Sinovac vaccine delivery for Indonesia, and that the first batch of 1.2 million doses arrived on Dec. 6.

"With this arrival, it means that there are already 3 million doses of Sinovac vaccine in Indonesia," Marsudi told a virtual press conference.

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said vaccination is one of his main strategies to solve the pandemic, adding, "It would take more than 12 months to complete the vaccination program, so we always keep up to health protocols."

Indonesia is planning to vaccinate 181.5 million of its population to achieve herd immunity and break the chain of coronavirus transmissions.

The first period of vaccination will be from January to April 2021, for inoculating 1.3 million health workers, 17.4 million public workers, and 21.5 million elderly people.

The second period will run from April 2021 to March 2022 for the vaccination of 63.9 million vulnerable people, and 77.4 million people from other groups.

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