This development came following reports that the vaccine induced potentially lethal blood clots among its recipients. The Indonesian Food and Drug Agency or BPOM vouched for the vaccine.
“BPOM found that the AstraZeneca vaccine’s benefits still outweigh its risks. The European Medicine Agency [EMA] has found that the vaccine has nothing to do with the risks of blood clotting,” said BPOM’s spokesperson for the Covid-19 vaccine Lucia Rizka Andalusia.
Lucia’s Ministry of Health counterpart Siti Nadia Tarmizi also hailed BPOM and MUI’s decision to endorse the AstraZeneca vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine is authorized for use in Indonesia next Monday, March 22.
Mishap at Jakarta’s Halim Airport Causes Diversion of Flights to Soekarno-Hatta Airport
Authorities at Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma Airport has diverted a number of commercial flights to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, after a Trigana Air Boeing 737-500 cargo jet blocked parts of the runway after it slid on the tarmac on Saturday. No casualties were reported in the incident.
“[The Angkasa Pura II air transportation company] has diverted seven low-cost carrier flights to Soekarno-Hatta Airport,” said Angkasa Pura II Vice President of Corporate Communications Yado Yarismano in a written statement.
“Five of them are from Batik Air, while the other two are Citilink flights.”The public relations manager for the AirNav [Air Navigation] Indonesia, Yohannes Harry Douglas Sirait, reiterated Yado.
“The incident with the Trigana Air Boeing 737-500 jet with the registration number PK-YSF occurred, as it took off from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport to head to Sultan Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi.”