1.2M doses of China-made COVID vaccine arrive in Indonesia

1.2M doses of China-made COVID vaccine arrive in Indonesia

Pfizer's vaccine, which the company says is 95% effective at preventing the virus, comes in two doses.

Indonesia received its first shipment of coronavirus vaccine from China on Sunday, President Joko Widodo said, as the government prepares a mass inoculation programme.

He confirms that there will be more people needing the vaccine, than actual doses during the first phase. By that point in the process, the supply should be sufficient to standardize the vaccination process such that it resembles the annual flu shots. The firm earlier said that the vaccine demonstrated safety, immunogenicity, neutralisation antibody activity in the rodent and non-human primate models.

Vaccine will start to become available quickly after EUAs are in place, and weekly shipments are expected to follow.

Send your news stories to and features to. "It is the victory of human endeavour, potentially, over a microbial adversary", said the organisation's emergencies director Michael Ryan.

CT is now working with a broad range of healthcare institutions to serve as vaccine providers, and to evaluate several factors like storage capacity. But for most of the poorest people in poor countries, there is no chance to get inoculated in 2021.

"There are certain circumstances. where I would believe that the only responsible thing would be to be vaccinated", he added.

People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus walks past a bivouac where clinical trials for covid-19 vaccines are conducted, in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Philippines, considered a developing country, has so far secured only 2.6 million doses for delivery next year.

While Britain began its vaccination program Tuesday with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the USA and European Union are racing to approve a series of Western-made vaccines, other governments are looking to use vaccines from China and Russian Federation. If approved, its vaccine could also begin going to high-risk Americans in the coming weeks.

The Solidarity Fund said that it had earmarked R327 millon as an initial payment for South Africa to join the World Health Organization's COVAX programme. About the same amount of people said they weren't confident. We are also communicating with community partners and considering guidance from the federal government in finalizing our distribution plan.

"It is anticipated that we could have access to a suitable vaccine by the second quarter of 2021 and will initially receive quantities for at least 10% of the population", he said in a statement this week.

"The means to do this allocation fairly and equitably is there".

"There's too much of a gap between the rhetoric and the reality".

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