Indonesian leader, Joko Widodo, became the first person has been shot with CoronaVac vaccine produced by China' drug-maker Sinovac Life Science Co. Ltd., and state-run firm, PT Bio Farma, on Wednesday (01/13) - Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian leader, Joko Widodo, became the first person has been shot with CoronaVac vaccine produced by China’ drug-maker Sinovac Life Science Co. Ltd., and state-run firm, PT Bio Farma, on Wednesday (01/13). The first injection also marked the start of mass vaccination in the country as an effort to curb the spread the coronavirus.

The vaccinator for the head is the deputy chairperson of the presidential doctor, Abdul Muthalib. The vaccine use by President and other officials has gone through a number of clinical trials involving 1,620 volunteers in Bandung, West Java. The vaccine has also received has an emergency use permit from the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency and declared halal by the Indonesian Ulema Council.

After the injection, Widodo followed the process of observing the possibility of a Post-Military Assistance Event in the Oval Room, Merdeka Palace, in Jakarta, for about 30 minutes. He appeared to be active as usual after the vaccination process.

The Sinovac vaccine requires two injections of 0.5 milliliters each with an interval of 14 days. For this reason, the recipients will receive a vaccination card and be reminded to receive vaccines for the second time.

According to the minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin, every one person needs two doses of vaccine and 15 percent as a reserve in accordance with the provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO). To that, he said, the country needs total vaccine around 426 million doses.

To reached the targets, he said, the government has ensured to meet the number of vaccines. As an example, the government has signed a contract for 125 million doses of vaccine from Sinovac with an additional option to 100 million doses of vaccines and 130 million total doses of vaccine from American pharmacy firm Novavax.

In addition, the government will also sign a contract with AstraZeneca to obtain up to 100 million doses of vaccine and another 100 million other doses which will also be imported from BioNTech-Pfizer. In total, said Sadikin, Indonesia will receive 660 million doses of vaccine including from CEVI and Gavi, a public – private global health partnership.

He also reported, that the vaccination program will be given free of charge to all citizens. He asserted, that health workers will be the first to be in the vaccination stage. In Indonesia there are 1.3 million health workers in 34 provinces.

“The second stage we will give to public workers. This around 17.4 million people,” said the former deputy minister for state own enterprises ministry.

Wido has instructed all levels in the cabinet, ministries, agencies and local governments to prioritize the vaccination program in the 2021 fiscal year. He also instructed and ordered the minister of finance to prioritize and reallocates other budget related to the availability and vaccination for free.

The CEO of state-owned drug maker, PT Bio Farma, Honesti Basyir, said Indonesian government need funds around Rp68 trillion (US$4.82 billion) to produces vaccines in 2021. The calculation based on assumption the vaccine price of Rp200,000 a dose. 

US$1: Rp14,100

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