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The government says it has secured commitments for the delivery of 271.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Of that number, 30 million doses are expected to be ready by the end of this year.
Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who also helms the national economic recovery and COVID-19 response team, said the ordered vaccines were produced by Chinese firms Cansino, Sinovac and Sinopharm.
Airlangga also said that the government was in the process of securing 100 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine from Britain’s pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca.
“We will make a 50 percent down payment by the end of this month, or about US$250 million.” he said Monday as quoted by tribunnews.com.
Currently, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir are abroad to secure 100 million doses of the vaccine,” Airlangga said.
Apart from sourcing COVID-19 vaccines from abroad, the government and local pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma are also working on COVID-19 vaccines.
“We need to secure the procurement of the vaccines, because 215 countries are all competing for the same thing,” Airlangga said.
He added that there was an order of priority for the vaccination of different groups of people, as stated in Presidential …
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