Indonesia Highlights: Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccines Arrives in Indonesia | Indonesian Police: Thousands Affected by Used Rapid Test Samples in North Sumatra Indonesia | Indonesian Officials in Bali Depo

May 1, 2021, 08.33 AM
A photo of Covid-19 vaccine. Kompas.COM/MUHAMMAD NAUFALA photo of Covid-19 vaccine.

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesia has taken delivery of the Sinopharm vaccine from China, as the country continues to stockpile vaccines to for use in its quest to gain herd immunity against Covid-19.

Indonesian police in North Sumatra continued to find more details of a racket to use old Covid-19 rapid test kits on travelers in the province’s Kualanamu International Airport.

And immigration officials in Bali deport two foreign citizens who tried to get around health protocols with a misguided attempt to find the funny side in the stunt. This and more on Indonesia Highlights:

BPOM head Penny Lukito announcing the EUA for the Sinopharm vaccine at a press conference on Friday, (30/4/2021) Screenshot Youtube BPOM RI BPOM head Penny Lukito announcing the EUA for the Sinopharm vaccine at a press conference on Friday, (30/4/2021)

Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccines Arrives in Indonesia

Indonesia is set to increase its stockpile of Covid-19 vaccines, as the country received the first doses of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine.

Minister of Communications and Informatics Johnny G. Plate are among the officials who received the shipment, which arrived in Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Friday, April 30. “

The cargo included 482,400 ready-to use vaccine doses of the Sinopharm China National Pharmaceutical Corporation, and six million bulk vaccines from Sinovac,” said the Nasdem Party [National Democrat] politician.

“This latest consignment of vaccines has brought the number of vaccine doses in Indonesia to 65,500,000 bulk vaccines from Sinovac, as well as 8,448,000 finished product vaccines from Sinovac, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca from our cooperation with the Gavi Covax Facility.”

Indonesia’s Food and Drug Agency or BPOM has issued emergency use authorization [EUA] for Sinopharm’s Covid-19 vaccine on the day of their arrival.

BPOM chief Penny Lukito said the agency’s decision to issue the EUA to the Sinopharm vaccine was based on reports of its positive results in the United Arab Emirates.

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