March 17, 2021, 03.35 AM

The Indonesian Ministry of Health also eased public concerns. “[The Ministry of Health] will not use expired vaccines to vaccinate the public,” said Ministry of Health spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

She added that the vaccines were already used up for vaccinations at the beginning of the year.

“The actual number of vaccines that expired on March 25 were 1.2 million doses of Sinovac’s CovaVax vaccine. The rest, or 1.8 million doses, expired next May, in accordance with BPOM guidelines to set the expiration date six months from the date of receiving the vaccines.”

Indonesia aims to vaccinate 70 percent of its population or 180 million people to gain herd immunity against the Covid-19 pandemic.

(Writers: Fitria Chusna Farisa, Haryanti Puspa Sari | Editors: Dani Prabowo, Icha Rastika)

Sources: 

https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2021/03/16/19050361/vaksin-sinovac-disebut-kedaluwarsa-25-maret-masyarakat-diminta-tak-panik

https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2021/03/16/22072441/kemenkes-jamin-tak-gunakan-vaksin-covid-19-yang-sudah-kedaluwarsa

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