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Indonesian Health Ministry Yet to Determine Covid-19 Vaccine Prices

December 15, 2020, 04.32 AM

JAKARTA, – The first 1.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac pharmaceutical company might arrived last week to much fanfare in Indonesia, as does widespread speculation of their prices.

The rapid dissemination of information prompted the Indonesian Ministry of Health to step in and clarify the situation.

“The government has yet to determine the prices for the Covid-19 vaccine, as it is pending their procurement and authorization permit,” Ministry of Health spokesperson Siti Nadia. 

“Any information from private hospitals or other parties should be viewed with scepticism. Therefore, we urge the public to wait for the government’s official announcement on vaccines and vaccinations on the Ministry’s website at and”

Also read: Indonesia to Initially Vaccinate 67 Percent of Population

Nadia pointed out that Indonesia authorized vaccines manufactured by the Bio Farma, Sinovac, Sinopharm, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and BioNTech companies to be used in Indonesia.

The Indonesian National Consumer Protection Agency or BPKN has proposed that the government put a cap on vaccine prices.

“We have suggest to the Ministry of Health that Covid-19 vaccine prices be capped at Rp. 100 thousand [$7.06], based on World Health Organization [WHO] guidelines and other benchmarks,” said BPKN Deputy Commissioner on Research and Development Anna Maria Tri Anggraeni.

“Affordable vaccines are a must, especially during a time of pandemics. We also urge that Indonesian public have access to Covid-19 vaccines, whether paid or free of charge.”

The first shipments of the Sinovacs Covid-19 vaccine arriving in Soekarno Hatta Airport on Sunday (6/12/2020)ANTARA FOTO/DHEMAS REVIYANTO The first shipments of the Sinovacs Covid-19 vaccine arriving in Soekarno Hatta Airport on Sunday (6/12/2020)

Also read: Indonesia Receives 1.2 Million Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine from China's Sinovac


Anna added that the vaccines have to be cleared by the Food and Drug Agency [BPOM] to ensure their safety.

President Joko Widodo’s administration has caused a stir last week, after it announced that it will only provide free vaccinations for 32 million recipients, out of 107 million people who are slated to receive Covid-19 inoculations.

The priority recipients for the free vaccinations included health workers, military and police personnel, as well as vulnerable segments of society.

Bio Farma recently cited an estimated price of Rp. 200 thousand for a dose of the Sinovac vaccine. The authorized vaccines for Indonesia ranged in price from Rp. 57,000 [$4] for the AstraZeneca vaccine to Rp. 526 thousand [$37] for the inoculation manufactured by Moderna.

(Writers: Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Nur Fitriatus Shalihah, Yohana Artha Uly | Editor : Bayu Galih, Rizal Setyo Nugroho, Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita)



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