To secure access to a Covid-19 vaccine, the Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in a virtual meeting on Monday that the government aimed to secure 320 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
Hartarto, who also helms the national economic recovery and Covid-19 response team, said the Indonesian government has initiated various efforts.
He explained that the government had consulted with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to ensure the vaccine would receive halal certification.
As we know, the halal status of potential Covid-19 vaccines has been a major concern for many.
Nowadays, the development of the vaccine candidate currently being developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac in partnership with state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Bio Farma.
As cited News24xx.com from Tempo.co on Monday, the Covid-19 Vaccine Inspection Team, which comprises the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM), the Health Ministry, MUI, and representatives of PT Bio Farma, would fly to China on Oct 14 to inspect the quality and halal status of the Sinovac and Cansino vaccine candidates.
Airlangga said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had signed Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on vaccine procurement.