A total of 3,000,060 doses of Moderna vaccine from the United States arrived in Indonesia via Soekarno-Hatta Airport on Sunday (11/7). The vaccine will be prioritized for health workers as a third or booster vaccination.
The Moderna vaccine was sent through the COVAX Facility, which is clear evidence that the government continues to meet vaccine needs in Indonesia.
The Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin expressed appreciation for the support from the people and the United States Government in helping Indonesia’s vaccination program by sending the Moderna vaccine.
The vaccine will be used for the first and second injections for the Indonesian public, but will also be used specifically as the third booster injection for Indonesian health workers.
“Health workers are under tremendous pressure, especially during the second wave of transmission of this pandemic. We want to make sure they are protected to the maximum,” said the Minister of Health.
The vaccination program in Indonesia has been progressing well lately. The latest data shows 50 million injections carried out.
The first 10 million injections were completed within 8 weeks, the next 10 million provided in 4 weeks, and the last 10 million were achieved in 12 days.
The total availability of the vaccine has topped 100 million doses.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi stated that Indonesia has just received 3,000,060 doses of Moderna vaccine as a result of international cooperation from the United States government through the COVAX Facility multilateral initiative.
“This is the first phase of delivery of a modern vaccine from the United States government. This MRNA-based Moderna vaccine has received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Agency (POM) on July 2, 2021,” said the Foreign Affairs Minister in a virtual conference on Sunday (11/7).
The United States is committed to sharing a total of 4,500,160 doses vaccine doses with Indonesia to be delivered in stages. The sharing of vaccines is part of a multilateral mechanism to ensure equal access to vaccines for all countries.
Indonesia has consistently supported the dose-sharing mechanism to accelerate the principle of equal access to vaccines for all countries.
With the arrival of Moderna’s vaccine today, Indonesia has secured 122,735,260 doses of vaccines, both in the form of bulk and ready-made vaccines.
“Indonesia has also received offers of support from several countries, including Japan to send the second phase of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Similar offers are in place from the Netherlands, Britain, Australia and the United Arab Emirates,” said the Minister.
Millions of vaccines from commercial procurement channels as well as from international and bilateral support will arrive this July. The government will continue to work hard to ensure the availability of vaccines for Indonesia.
Various other support has been received from neighboring countries to help meet the needs for ventilators, oxygen, medicines, and medical equipment in Indonesia.
“We have received various offers of support from other friendly nations, namely in the form of ventilators, oxygen concentrators, medicines and other medical equipment.
Last Friday, support from Singapore and Australia arrived, support from Singapore by sea has departed from Singapore and according to schedule, it will arrive at Tanjung Priok port on July 14, including oxygen concentrators and oxygen cylinders,” said the Foreign Minister.
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