Jakarta: The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has confirmed the halal status of the covid-19 vaccine produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech ahead of the launching of the covid-19 vaccination program.
"After a discussion with our audit team, we have agreed that the Sinovac covid-19 vaccine is halal," said MUI's Fatwa Division Head Asrorun Ni'am Sholeh here on Friday.
According to the MUI official, the clerical body has conveyed the halal status of the covid-19 vaccine to the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM).
In addition to a halal certificate from MUI, the covid-19 vaccine also needs to obtain an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the government agency.
"We will publish the complete fatwa after BPOM issues its approval," Asrorun stated.
The Indonesian government plans to begin the covid-19 vaccination program next week. However, it is still waiting for EAU from BPOM and halal certificate from MUI. To promote the safety and efficacy of the covid-19 vaccine, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will be the first person to receive the covid-19 vaccine in Indonesia.
Indonesia will also procure covid-19 vaccines from other producers and programs such as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novavax and COVAX. In a bid to achieve herd immunity, 181 million Indonesian people must get vaccinated. Taking into account that one person needs two doses of vaccine as well as guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare 15 percent for reserves, the total doses needed are approximately 426 million doses.