Health minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin confessed that the COVID-19 vaccination rollout will slow down as 100 million doses vaccine raw materials from AstraZeneka will be delays due to an embargo by several countries - Photo by West Java Governor Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Health minister, Budi Gunadi Sadikin confessed that the COVID-19 vaccination rollout will slow down as 100 million doses vaccine raw materials from AstraZeneka will be delays due to an embargo by several countries. Indonesia, he said, will only receive 20 million doses of AstraZeneka vaccines in this year from instead of 50 million doses has been agreed.

“The schedule for the shipment of 100 million doses of vaccine has become uncertain,” he told the lawmakers on Thursday (04/08) by adding another 30 million doses will be shipped by the second quarter of 2022.

To convert the other portion, said the minister, the government had talked with Chinese government for an additional 100 million doses of vaccine materials. Currently, 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 US’ Novavax.

In addition, the government will also sign a contract to receive 100 million other doses 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.

In addition, said Basyir, the subsidiary, PT Kimia Farma Tbk (IDX: KAEF), is also waiting for the results of cooperation with a company from Abu Dhabi, G42, to procure vaccines in Indonesia. To meets the target, said the CEO of state-owned drug maker, PT Bio Farma, Honesti Basyir, the government need funds around Rp68 trillion (US$4.69 billion) to produces vaccines in this year. 

Until March, the government has secured 53 million doses of vaccine materials from Chinese drug-maker, Sinovac, after new arrival of another 16 million doses arrived. Currently, the state firm has produced around 20 million doses of vaccines per month. After April, he asserted, the capacity production will increase with the introduction of a new production line to 25 million doses per month.

Earlier, the minister has said that the country needs around 426 million doses of vaccines to to fulfill ‘herd immunity” for around 181 million Indonesian. To reached the targets, the government has ensured to meet the number of vaccines, he adds.

“Obtaining vaccines from these four sources aims to ensure the resilience or security of vaccines coming to Indonesia in the quantities needed. The very large number of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to come to Indonesia soon,” he told the media recently.

In total, said Sadikin, Indonesia will receive 660 million doses of vaccines including from CEVI and GAVI, a public – private global health partnership under World Health Organization. Earlier, President Joko Widodo has instructed all levels in the cabinet, ministries, agencies and local governments to prioritize the vaccination program in 2021.

He also ordered the minister of finance to prioritize and reallocates other budget related to the availability and vaccination for free. Until this week, 6 million Indonesian have received the vaccine shot and nearly 3 million of them have been given the second dose of the vaccine.

Sadikin hope the condition will return to normal in May so the vaccination rate same as before.

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