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April 17, 2021, 09.29 AM

"We hope to grant EUA or Emergency Use Authorization [to the Eijkman and Bio Farma Merah Putih Vaccine] by the first semester of 2022 on completion of clinical trials. Then we can start producing the vaccine in the second semester of 2022," Penny said.

Eijkman LMB Chairman Amin Soebandrio said he aims to obtain the Merah Putih vaccine's EUA by June 2022.

The Merah Putih vaccine is developed by a research consortium under the Ministry of Research and Technology/National Research and Innovation Agency (Kemenristek/BRIN).

Indonesia hopes the homegrown vaccines will ensure that the country's vaccination needs are met and make the country an example of global health resilience.


Indonesia Bans Lobster Seed Exports

Indonesia officially banned the export of lobster seeds, months after the Corruption Eradication Board or KPK arrested disgraced Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries [KKP] Edhy Prabowo in November 2020 for illegally exporting the commodity.

“[The KKP] will not issue permits to export lobster seeds, as we seek to prioritize cultivation of the lobsters to meet rising [domestic] demand as Indonesia’s population increases,” said KKP acting Director General for Surveillance of Marine and Fisheries Resources Antam Novambar.

“We will export the [crustaceans] once they are large enough to be consumed.” Antam warned that lobster seed smugglers will find newer, more innovative ways to smuggle the lobster seeds.


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