President Joko Widodo said, 4.6 million covid-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca will come to Indonesia in late February or early March 2021.
“This morning I received news that 4.6 million vaccines from AstraZeneca will arrive at the end of this month or early next month,” Jokowi said in an official video on Saturday (20/2).
Jokowi stated that his party had not yet decided on the AstraZeneca vaccine distribution scheme. This is still under discussion at the Ministry of Health.
He stated that the AstraZeneca vaccine injection scheme was different from Sinovac. The time difference for AstraZeneca’s first and second vaccine shots was between one month and two months.
“For Sinovac, it’s two weeks,” added Jokowi.
He said that previously 3 million Covid-19 vaccines from China, Sinovac had arrived in the first stage. The vaccine was given to health workers.
7 million vaccines will be distributed to public servants, such as the TNI, Polri, journalists, the financial services industry, and other workers who have a lot of interaction with the community.
“Then in early March 2020, 11 million vaccines will be released. This is the same vaccine so we will continue first and prioritize the elderly,” said Jokowi.
Overall, Jokowi said that Indonesia had received 426 million vaccine commitments. However, this is just an initial commitment and the government must continue to pursue it.
“Because the struggle for 215 countries is not an easy task, sometimes I have to call the president, I call, but the holder is the health authority,” Jokowi explained.