Indonesia Highlights: Indonesian Doctors Association: Covid-19 Killed Over 700 Medical Personnel | Indonesian Health Minister to Offer Sinovac and Pfizer Vaccines for Child Jab | Indonesia Adds Isolat

June 26, 2021, 07.14 AM

The number of fatalities has risen from by more than 200, since the last statistics for fatalities among medical personnel was taken in January 2021.

The figures, which covered the time period between March to December 2020, showed that 504 doctors and nurses were killed treating Covid-19 since the outbreak's detection in Indonesia in March 2020.



Indonesian Health Minister to Offer Sinovac and Pfizer Vaccines for Child Jab

Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the government "is considering the use of the Sinovac and Pfizer vaccines for children," following findings that kids are particularly vulnerable to the Delta variant of the pandemic.

"We will be observing how the United States and European countries carry out vaccinations to children, or whether they will vaccinate them according to their [age] groups," Budi asserted.

He cited global statistics which showed that Covid-19 recovery rates in children aged 18 years and under showed 99 percent of them can be cured, as compared to those age group 18 years and over. 

Previously, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) and the Indonesian Pediatirician Association (IDAI) has urged the government to administer Covid-19 vaccines to children.

"The Covid-19 vaccine is safe for children. The policy should start immediately and be carried out simultaneously with the start of face-to-face classes," said IDI chairman Daeng M Faqih.


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