Indonesia will get free vaccines up to 108 million doses from the GAVI - COVAX facility, said finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati - Photo by Finance Ministry Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia will get free vaccines up to 108 million doses from the GAVI – COVAX facility, said finance minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, in an official statement released on Thursday (01/07). In the 2021 State Budget, she estimated the government to spend around Rp73 trillion (US$5.21 billion) for the vaccines.

“I and the minister of health signed the Part B form as a follow-up to the Indonesian government’ request for free vaccines from GAVI – COVAX, which is a vaccine develop between WHO (World Health Organization and the Alliance World Vaccines (GAVI),” she announced.⁣⁣

⁣⁣For Indonesia, getting access to vaccines from various products that have been developed is very important to provide additional choice for the country. ⁣⁣She hope with the signing there will be a certainty for Indonesia to get one of the vaccine sources developed by the both parties. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

She continued, her ministry will continue to work with all relevant ministries to oversee the implementation of this vaccination program. ⁣⁣The potential vaccine, said Indrawati, will complement the needs of the COVID-19 vaccination program for 181 million Indonesians.

So far, the government has secured a commitment of 125 million vaccines from Sinovac, 50 million doses of vaccine from AstraZeneca and 50 million doses from Novavax, bringing a total of 225 million doses of vaccine and there is still potential from American-based Pfizer to be signed in the near future.

The minister also reported that the realization of the funds to tackle the COVID-19 and the National Economic Recovery Program (ERP) only Rp579.78 trillion. The figure is equivalent to 83.4 percent of the allocated budget for this year of Rp695.2 trillion.

In details, the realization of the health sectors amounted to Rp63.51 trillion and social protection of Rp. 220.39 trillion. Then, ministries, agencies, and local governments of Rp66.59 trillion, support for micro, small and medium enterprises Rp112.44 trillion, corporate financing at Rp60.73 trillion, and business incentives Rp56.12 trillion.

For corporate financing amounting to Rp60.73 trillion and was distributed to six state-owned companies and institutions worth of Rp39.07 trillion. The six companies are PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia Rp6 trillion, PT Hutama Karya Rp7.5 trillion, PT Permodalan Nasional Madani Rp1.5 trillion, PT Bio Farma Rp 2 trillion, PT Pengembangan Pariwisata Indonesia Rp 500 billion, PT Penjaminan Infrastruktur Indonesia Rp 1.57 trillion, Indonesia Eximbank Rp5 trillion and the Investment Management Agency Rp15 trillion.

With the realization of ERP funds reaching Rp39.07 trillion, there are still a remaining Rp21.66 trillion which will be used for government investment.

US$1: Rp14,000

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