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July 20, 2020, 08.42 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – A Covid-19 vaccine produced in China has been delivered to Indonesia for its phase III clinical trials.

Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated the process of bringing in the Covid-19 vaccine produced by China-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech Ltd, a government official said on Monday, July 20.

Clinical trials will soon begin in cooperation with Indonesian vaccine manufacturer PT Bio Farma.

“Yes, [the vaccine from China] has arrived on Sunday [July 19] and has already been handed over to PT Bio Farma for clinical trials,” said acting spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah.

The ministry, Faizasyah said, only facilitated the process of bringing in the vaccine from China. To develop the vaccine, he added, Indonesia has already established contact with China under international cooperation.

"The short-term strategy is to ensure [we get] access to the vaccine after it’s ready and this is done through international cooperation," said Faizasyah.

Also read: Indonesia Eyes Local Covid-19 Vaccine Mass Production by Mid-2021

Indonesia also formed a national consortium as a medium and long-term plan to develop the Covid-19 vaccine on its own.

Previously, PT Bio Farma President Director Honesti Basyir said the company collaborated with Sinovac during the phase I and phase II clinical trials for the Covid-19 vaccine in June. Phase III clinical trials will soon be conducted in various countries, including Indonesia.

“The Covid-19 vaccine production technology will be transferred from Sinovac to Bio Farma during the phase III clinical trials,” Honesti said in a press conference broadcast on Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel on Thursday, July 16.

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