President Jokowi: Indonesia Secures 329.5 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines
Date 6 Januari 2021
Indonesia has secured 329.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from several vaccine manufacturers, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
Those vaccines are 3 million doses of Sinovac’s that have arrived in Indonesia plus 122.5 million more doses, 50 million doses from Novavax, 54 million doses from COVAX/Gavi, 50 million doses from AstraZeneca, and 50 million doses from Pfizer.
“The total number is 329.5 million. The distribution will be carried out by Minister of Health,” said the President at a Limited Meeting on COVID-19 Handling and Vaccination Planning, Wednesday (6/11) at the State Palace, Jakarta.
The President further said that the Government will start a vaccination program next week and the distribution of vaccines to the regions has also been carried out since a few days ago.
“Our target is that for January, 5.8 million doses of vaccines will arrive at the regions. In February, 10.45 million doses will be distributed again to the regions. Then in March 13.3 million doses will be distributed and the vaccination program can be started in the regions,” said the President.
To that end, the President ordered the regional heads to check and control the preparations for the vaccination.
On that occasion, he also reminded the importance of following health protocols (wearing masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands) during pandemic. He stated that the survey shows a lack of public discipline in implementing health protocols.
“Therefore, I ask Governors to greatly improve public discipline in following health protocols,” he said.
President Jokowi further said that the success in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic will become a determinant for economic recovery.
For this reason, the Government’s strategy in dealing with this pandemic remains the same, which includes health care, social protection programs, and economic recovery programs.
“The key to the economic recovery is how the Government works hard to stop and control the COVID-19,” he said. (FID/UN) (EST/MMB)