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August 5, 2022, 07.23 PM

JAKARTA, – Indonesia is soon to introduce its homegrown Covid-19 vaccine developed by state-run pharmaceutical firm Bio Farma, a top official said on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has given a name to the vaccine, but did not elaborate.

“The name of the vaccine has been given by the President, but I can’t disclose it to you due to the procedure of its copyright and other things that need to be further checked,” said Erick.

The vaccine is produced by Bio Farma in collaboration with US medical school Baylor College of Medicine.

Erick said the ministry is still waiting for the issuance of the Emergency Use Authorization (UAE) for the homegrown vaccine.

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“We are still waiting [for the approval] as the EUA will be given next week or in the next two weeks,” said Erick.

He said Indonesia is still importing Covid-19 vaccines. The government either receives the vaccines through cooperation with other countries or buys the vaccines from foreign pharmaceuticals. To get the Covid-19 vaccine, Indonesia should not be dependent on other countries all the time.

The government will discuss the Covid-19 vaccine policy and whether the vaccines remain free of charge or not.

“Whether it remains free or not, I can’t say it now. Certainly, this homegrown vaccine is a self-reliance vaccine, so we don’t have to import continually,” he added.

Previously, Bio Farma director Honesti Basyir said the firm has registered the results of phase 3 clinical trial to obtain market authorization from the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).

Honesti said Bio Farma has also completed the requirement for halal certification. If all goes according to plan, Bio Farma’s Covid-19 vaccine will be launched on August 17 when the country celebrates Independence Day.

“The President has prepared a special name for the state-owned Covid-19 vaccine and Bio Farma is in the process of registering the name with the Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights. Hopefully, on August 17, 2022, Indonesia will have its locally-produced vaccine as a gift to the country and to curb the spread of Covid-19,” Honesti said on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

(Writer: Kiki Safitri | Editor: Erlangga Djumena)


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