Jakarta: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) today revealed that Indonesia will start to receive AstraZeneca's covid-19 vaccine in April 2021.
"I have received information from Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Erick Thohir. AstraZeneca will start to deliever its vaccine in April 2021. We will receive around 11 million doses of vaccine every month," said President Jokowi here on Monday.
The Indonesian government earlier conveyed its interest to procure a total of 100 million doses of covid-19 vaccine from the British biopharmaceutical company. An Indonesian delegation recently visited the United Kingdom (UK) to meet with the representatives of the company. Indonesia also expressed its willingness to establish a longer collaboration with the firm.
Previously, the Indonesian government had ordered covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac Biotech and G42/Sinopharm.
In a bid to mitigate the covid--19 pandemic, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had signed Presidential Regulation Number 99 of 2020 on Vaccine Procurement and Vaccination.
Under the regulation, vaccine procurement and vaccination will be carried out from 2020 to 2022 and may be extended by the Committee for Covid-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery upon the recommendation from Minister of Health.
The procurement of the covid-19 vaccines, according to the regulation, includes provision of vaccines, supporting equipment and logistics required, as well as vaccine distribution to the point of delivery set by Minister of Health.
As for covid-19 vaccination, it is also carried out by Ministry of Health.