JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – To combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the country must find a coronavirus vaccine, said Indonesia’s Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian at a press conference at the Ministry of Home Affairs on June 18.
Echoing the statement of Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartanto earlier this month, Tito Karnavian said that Indonesia will need access to millions of coronavirus vaccines.
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“Mister Airlangga Hartanto has already stated that 170 million Indonesians will need to be vaccinated or around two-thirds of the country’s total population,” said Tito Karnavian.
The production and distribution of a coronavirus vaccine in Indonesia will require ample time.
The government estimates that each individual will require a minimum of two shots of the coronavirus vaccine, thus it can expect to need 340 million vaccines.
“The quickest scenario is we will find a coronavirus vaccine at the earliest by mid-2021, therefore, by the end of 2022 or even mid-2022, the Covid-19 virus will be past us,” said Tito Karnavian.
Indonesia’s search for a vaccine production partner
On June 10, Airlangga Hartanto shared President Joko Widodo’s call to prioritize partnerships with countries that have a smaller population for the production of a coronavirus vaccine.
The decision was based on the consideration that the smaller the population, the smaller the demand for a vaccine.