“Their training, as well as their skillsets made them respected by the various militant factions. They also trained ISIS, Jabbah Nusrah, the Ahror [Syrian Brigade], the Free Syrian Army, as well as Tahrir al Sham in self-defense.”
Argo disclosed that JI has sent seven militants to Syria between 2013 to 2018. “JI spent Rp. 300 million [$21,532.12] to send each volunteer to Syria,” he noted
Indonesia Distributes First Covid-19 Vaccines Nationwide
State owned Indonesian pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has started to distribute the first Covid-19 vaccines from its Chinese counterpart Sinovac, which arrived in Indonesia at the end of 2020.
Bio Farma Head of Corporate Communications Iwan Setiawan confirmed that the vaccines came from the 1.2 million doses that arrived in Indonesia in December 7, 2020.
“[Bio Farma] distributed more than 700 thousand ready-to-use vials of the vaccine on January 3 and 4,” he said on Monday, January 4. “401,240 vials were sent to 14 provinces on January 3, while 313 thousand vials of were distributed to 18 provinces.”
The majority of the vaccines on the first day of shipments were sent to East Java with 77,760 vials, followed by Central Java with 62.560 vials and Bali with 31.000 vials.
Bio Farma earmarked most of the vaccines on the second day of shipments on January 4, 2021 to Jakarta, which received 39.200 vials. South Sulawesi received the second highest supply with 30.000 vials, and Yogyakarta is third with 26.800 vials.
Iwan added that the vaccines’ use is “pending the Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Agency [BPOM].”
However, West Java and West Sulawesi have yet to receive the vaccines. Bio Farma has yet to disclose the reasons for the omission.