August 22, 2020, 01.20 AM
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi (left) and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir (second left), who is also the chief executive of the Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee witness the signing of agreement between Bio Farma and Sinovac in Sanya, Hainan on Thursday August 20, 2020.  Dokumentasi Kementerian BUMNMinister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi (left) and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir (second left), who is also the chief executive of the Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee witness the signing of agreement between Bio Farma and Sinovac in Sanya, Hainan on Thursday August 20, 2020.

“This is quite a long collaboration between Bio Farma and Sinovac,” said Retno.

President Director of Bio Farma Honesti Basyir, who signed the agreements, extended his appreciation for all parties for the support in realizing the Covid-19 vaccine for Indonesia.

“Let us get this big job done by immediately producing vaccines and distributing them to the people of Indonesia,” said Honesti.

Honesti explained that Bio Farma will receive the bulk vaccine in the form of Ready to Fill (RTF) product starting from November. But, he said, the vaccines will not be produced immediately as Bio Farma needs to carry out a series of tests and register the vaccines with the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) until the vaccines are finally ready for production.

Once these processes are completed, Bio Farma will continue to fill and pack the vaccines so that they meet the government’s local content requirement (TKDN) rules and apply the transfer of technology regarding the bulk vaccine.

He said that Bio Farma has prepared the Covid-19 vaccine production facilities with a capacity of 100 million doses this month and there will be an additional production capacity of 150 million doses by the end of December.

(Writer: Reni Susanti | Editor: Farid Assifa)

Source: https://regional.kompas.com/read/2020/08/21/21435421/bio-farma-bakal-terima-tambahan-50-juta-dosis-vaksin-curah-covid-19?page=1.

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