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Government Decides to Stop Covid Vaccine Grants Starting April 2022

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

The Government of Indonesia has decided to no longer accept donations or grants coronavirus vaccine (Covid-19) both from bilateral and multilateral schemes, starting from April 2022. The decision also takes into account the short expiration date of the donated vaccine, which is only about 3 months.

The Directorate General of America and Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, said that this was done because the number of Covid-19 vaccination achievements in Indonesia for primary doses is targeted to be completed by the middle of this year. In addition, Indonesia has also developed a domestically made Covid-19 vaccine.

“Agreed that until April 2022 there will be no donated vaccines, given the limited storage capacity and the availability of vaccines that are in line with the pace of vaccination,” said I Gede in a Hearing Meeting (RDP) with Commission IX of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Wednesday (30/3). ).

I Gede also ensured that the government would be more selective and assertive to other countries that would do so dose sharing. He said, recently, Indonesia emphasized that the regulation of the shelf-life of vaccines and drugs that can be received is a maximum of 2/3 of the shelf life.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he continued, will also facilitate requests for vaccine stability test data needed by the Food and Drug Administration (BPOM), so that the vaccine shelf life can be extended.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs requested that the Covax Facility vaccine donation also consider the long shelf life of vaccines to avoid the risk of vaccine expiration and destruction. Vaccine shelf life is not only a challenge for Indonesia, but also for Indonesia. low middle income country considering the insufficient distribution and health workers,” he said.

Furthermore, I Gede also detailed that, as of March 28, 2022, Indonesia had received 505,551,435 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, both in bulk and finished forms. The breakdown is 295.5 million from Sinovac.

Then 104.7 million AstraZeneca; Pfizer’s 63.25 million; 23.78 million from Moderna. Then 9 million doses of vaccine from Covovax; 8.45 million Sinopharm vaccine, and 824 thousand doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

As for the 505 million doses of vaccine, he stated that 125,863,185 of them were free vaccines obtained from donated vaccines or in collaboration with the Covax Facility.

(khr/wis)

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