Indonesia starts vaccination as China promotes vaccine diplomacy

Indonesia starts vaccination as China promotes vaccine diplomacy

Khairy said Malaysia is on track to receive its supply of Pfizer vaccines next month, one million doses in the first quarter, and 1.7 million, 5.8 million, and 4.3 million in the subsequent quarters.

Koca received the jab alongside members of the country's scientific advisory council soon after authorities greenlighted the emergency use of Sinovac vaccine.

This comes as Singapore and Indonesia over the last week began rolling out their vaccination programs, with both nations choosing to kick off their respective programs by having their leaders, Lee Hsien Loong and Joko Widodo respectively be the first to be vaccinated as a sign of confidence in the vaccine.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced more than 250,000 health workers have so far been vaccinated against Covid-19 as he received the injection himself in front of TV cameras on Thursday. It poses massive challenges in a country whose thousands of islands stretch across an area about as wide as the continental United States and where transportation and infrastructure are limited in many places. Health officials have also noted it will be hard to keep the vaccine at the required 36-46 degrees Fahrenheit (about 2-8 degrees Celsius) to maintain its safety and effectiveness.

The Southeast Asian country launched a mass immunisation campaign targeting more than 180 million people this week to help tackle one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia. The vaccine has gone through several trials over the past months, with results ranging between 51% and 91%. He added, "In this system, we could see whether a health worker had COVID-19 and whether they could be vaccinated depending on their health condition".

The Sinovac vaccine underwent studies in Turkey, Brazil and Indonesia, and there's uncertainty over just how protective it is.

Turkey has reported some 2.34 million infections and around 23,000 deaths.

President Joko Widodo (L) receives his first shot of Chinese-produced CoronaVac vaccine on January 13, 2021, in Jakarta.

With over 858,000 cases, including almost 25,000 deaths to date, the authorities are pinning their hopes on a vaccine to help take the country out of the health and economic crisis.

"We are a small country but we will easily overcome this", Pilli said.

I have also joined them and received the vaccine.

Last week, Brazil's government closed a deal with the Butantan Institute to buy up to 100 million doses of the Chinese vaccine.

Francis Pangilinan has called on the government to cancel the purchase of Sinovac vaccines because of its low efficacy.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Wednesday he was right to criticize the credibility of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech that posted disappointing efficacy results in local trials.

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