“The vaccinations should also be extended to those under the age of 18 and those above the age of 59,” said Commission 9 member Melkiades Laka Lena.
“The government should also ensure the validity and reliability of the recipients’ data under the Satu Data Vaksinasi Covid-19 [One Data Covid-19 Vaccination] program, along with stakeholders such as the public and the Food and Drug Agency [BPOM].”
The Golkar Party legislator added that the government needs to orient the public about the vaccine and to give BPOM the independence and transparency to issue the Emergency Use Authorization for the vaccines.
Melkiades also urged the Ministry of Research and Technology to step up development of the Merah Putih vaccine.
Indonesia has received 1.2 million ready-to-use vaccines from the Chinese Sinovac pharmaceutical company last Sunday, December 6. The country will receive another 1.8 million ready-to-use vaccines in January 2021, as well as 45 million vaccines in bulk.
To date, Indonesia has 605,243 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic was detected in Indonesia last March. Of the number, 18,511 died of Covid-19, while 496,886 recovered.
(Writers: Dian Erika Nugraheny, Tsarina Maharani, Nicholas Ryan Aditya | Editors: Bayu Galih, Dani Prabowo)
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