NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – Indonesia received an additional 1,504,800 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the multilateral COVAX Facility on Thursday night, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
“Alhamdulillah (Thank God), this night, Indonesia received another 1,504,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the multilateral COVAX Facility,” the minister noted in a press briefing aired on the Presidential Secretariat YouTube Channel on Thursday quoted from Antara.
Indonesia also received 313,100 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX Facility on June 5, 2021.
With the addition of 313,100 doses and 1,504,000 doses on June 5 and June 10, 2021, Indonesia has received 8,228,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine free of charge.
Overall, Indonesia has obtained 93,720,400 doses of the vaccine comprising 84,500,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine, 8,228,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine.
The minister remarked that one million doses of the Sinopham vaccine will arrive in Indonesia on Friday afternoon. The vaccine will be used for a mutual help vaccination program.
Marsudi stressed that the vaccine is an essential and crucial effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. Several countries that rolled out massive vaccination programs have managed to reduce the coronavirus transmission rate significantly.
The minister appealed to all elements of the nation to make the vaccination program a success.
“This effort will yield good success if it receives full support from the public. Everything from all of us will be part of the solution. Let us make the COVID-19 vaccination a success and consistently follow the health protocols,” she remarked.
More than 11 million people in Indonesia have received their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Monday afternoon (June 7), according to the Task Force for COVID-19 Handling.
As many as 70,312 people received their second jab on Monday, bringing the total number of fully vaccinated Indonesians to 11,197,069.
Meanwhile, the number of Indonesians receiving their first dose of the vaccine increased by 132,315 to reach 17,775,918.
The government is targeting to vaccinate 40,349,049 people against COVID-19 in the first and second phases of the national vaccination program that is according priority to healthcare workers, public service officers, and senior citizens.
The inoculation of public service workers, including teachers and senior citizens, is still underway in several parts of the country.
Overall, the government is seeking to vaccinate 181.5 million citizens, or 70 percent of the population, to create herd immunity against the virus.(mic)