JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo will practice what he preaches about mass vaccinations to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, as he will become the first man in Indonesia to receive the vaccine.
Indonesian investigators trying to find the causes behind the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 have managed a break, after they found the plane’s black box with the 737-500’s flight data recorder.
But their work is far from done, as they need to find the other black box with the Cockpit Voice Recorder or CVR.
And the Jasa Raharja travel insurance company is preparing to compensate the next of kin among the passengers and crew of Flight SJ 182.
Read on for these and other stories, as curated by our editors.
Indonesian President Jokowi to be Vaccinated on Live Television
President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is set to lead the way for mass vaccinations in Indonesia, as he is scheduled to be vaccinated with Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday, January 13.
“As the recipient of the first ever [Covid-19] vaccination [in Indonesia], the President’s vaccination will be broadcast on live streaming,” Presidential Secretariat Deputy for Protocol, Press and Media Bey Machmudin said to Kompas.com on Tuesday, January 12.
The vaccinations comes after the Food and Drug Agency or BPOM officially issued the Emergency Use Authorization for the Sinovac vaccines, which are manufactured in collaboration with state owned Indonesian pharmaceutical company Biofarma.
BPOM head Penny Lukito noted that the vaccines met safety and efficacy rates. “Tests for the vaccine carried out at Biofarma’s facilities in Bandung, West Java, showed it has an efficacy rate of 65.3 percent,” she said.
Indonesia has received 3 million Coronavac vaccines from Sinovac in December 2020. The country also received 15 million bulk doses of the vaccine today.
Indonesian Investigators Retrieve Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182's Black Box
Indonesian investigators working on the crash of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 have managed to retrieve one of the airline’s two black boxes.
According to Kompas TV’s Breaking News segment, the team found the black box off the Laki and Lancang Islands of Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency at 4 pm on Tuesday, January 12.
The Indonesian Navy’s 1st Fleet brought the black box to the Jakarta International Container Terminal 2 at the port of Tanjung Priok, where it will be investigated by the National Committee of Transportation Safety [KNKT].
Indonesian Armed Forces Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto confirmed the retrieval of Flight SJ 182’s black box. “The black box contained [Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182’s] Flight Data Recorder or FDR,” he said.
Indonesia has mustered 3600 men from the National Search and Rescue Agency [ Basarnas] and military personnel to search for Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182. The units included 54 naval ships, 13 planes and helicopters, as well as 40 jet skis and ambulances.
Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 went down over the Thousand Islands’ Laki and Lancang islands last Saturday with 62 passengers and crew on board, as it was heading from Jakarta to Pontianak, West Kalimantan.
Air Traffic Controllers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport lost contact with Flight SJ 182 as it was located 11 miles north of the airport at a height of 11 thousand feet.
Indonesia’s Jasa Raharja Insurance Company Traces Next of Kin Among Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182’s Victims
Indonesian travel insurance company Jasa Raharja has started to trace the next of kin of the 62 passengers and crew of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182 who were on board the flight as it fell into the sea near Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency.
“We have traced 42 next of kin related to the passengers and crew of Sriwijaya Air Flight SJ 182,” said Regy S. Wijaya, the head of Jasa Raharja’s West Kalimantan branch in Pontianak, the destination of Flight SJ 182.
As quoted by the Antara state news agency, Regy added that Jasa Raharja “traced [the next of kin] through the IDs of the passengers, their family cards, and other proof.”
Regy noted that the 20 of the next of kin are from West Kalimantan. He did not disclose the amount of compensation that Jasa Raharja will provide them.
Of the 62 people on board the Sriwijaya Air Boeing 737-500, 50 were passengers while 12 were crew members.
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