Indonesia has decided to provide free Covid-19 vaccines to people after looking at state finances, President Joko Widodo said.
Jokowi, as he is generally identified, ordered the finance minister to reallocate spending from different areas to fund free vaccines, he said in a statement from the cabinet secretariat. He will even be the first to get vaccinated as a way of presenting those whose photographs are safe.
“So there is no longer any reason why people don’t get it,” he said.
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The federal government has yet to know how much this system will cost and which of the vaccines the country has ordered, which includes Chinese companies Sinovac Biotech Ltd., Novavax Inc. and AstraZeneca Plc, could be coated. A shipment of 1.2 million doses of Sinovac arrived in Jakarta this month and is being assessed by the Indigenous Medicines Regulator before the federal government can start what is expected to be the first program. Southeast Asian Vaccination Program.
“This is still under review, with the calculation to be updated based on the most recent and dynamic developments in the health ministry,” said Askolani, director general of state finance at the finance ministry.
The country, which is home to the world’s fourth-largest population, has already made a plan to pay for nearly 74 million doses through its national health protection, while the rest of its 270 million people have to pay the price themselves. same. Spending is a major concern for Indonesians, with only a third of those who want to be vaccinated against the virus say they are willing to pay for the photos, according to an investigation by authorities in September.
“Vaccines can be made free so that we achieve herd immunity as part of efforts to speed up treatment of Covid-19 and see the pandemic end sooner, ”said Wiku Adisasmito, spokesperson for the federal government’s coronavirus activity campaign.
(Updates with comments from authorities in fifth and final paragraphs.)