METROBATAM.COM, Jakarta – Minister of Foreign Affairs (Menlu) Retno Marsudi gave a press statement regarding the arrival of the second batch of vaccines to become AstraZeneca as many as 3.852 million doses, Monday (26/4/2021) night.
“Ahamdulillah with thanks to Allah, this evening Indonesia received the second batch of vaccines from the multilateral route, namely from the COVAX Facility in the form of AstraZeneca’s finished vaccine totaling 3,852,000 doses,” said Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Tangerang. , Banten.
Previously, as many as 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine had been received by Indonesia during the delivery of the first batch of multilateral vaccines from the COVAX Facility on March 3, 2021. With the arrival of this second batch, Indonesia has received the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility totaling 4,9656 million doses of the finished vaccine for free.
“If we combine vaccines from the multilateral route and from the bilateral route, so far the number of vaccines that have arrived in Indonesia is 67,465,600 doses,” continued the Foreign Minister.
The Foreign Minister explained that since the beginning of the pandemic until now, the Indonesian government is striving for the availability of vaccines for domestic needs while continuing to fight for equal access to vaccines for all countries.
For this reason, Indonesia is active in discussing world vaccine issues and is one of the co-chairs of the COVAX AMC (Advance Market Commitment) Engagement Group.
The Foreign Minister expressed his concern witnessing a new wave in many countries of the world and the discovery of new variants in several countries.
“We also see that the world’s demand for vaccines is increasing and here and there we see a slowdown in vaccine shipments around the world. This new situation requires the Indonesian government to work harder so that the availability of safe vaccines for the Indonesian people can be fulfilled, ”he explained.
The Foreign Minister said that the government continues to strive so that the national vaccination program can continue by carrying out diplomacy so that domestic vaccine needs are fulfilled. With this effort, said the Foreign Minister, Indonesia is by far the third country with the largest number of vaccinations in the Asian region after China and India.
“We must always pay close attention to the development of COVID-19 in the world. We have to learn from these incidents, especially from the emergence of new waves in a number of countries. We must work to prevent a similar incident from happening in Indonesia, ”said the Foreign Minister again.
Efforts to prevent this can be done if all residents continue to be disciplined in carrying out health protocols.
“Don’t ever let your guard down, the fight against COVID-19 is far from over. Therefore, it requires cooperation and unity among all of us to fight the virus together by once again continuing to adhere to disciplined health protocols; wearing a mask, washing hands, and keeping a distance, ”the Foreign Minister emphasized.
At the end of his press statement, on behalf of the Indonesian government, the Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to GAVI, WHO, UNICEF, and CEPI for providing excellent cooperation so that the delivery of this multilateral vaccine can continue amid the new challenges that arise.
He hopes that the next multilateral vaccine delivery can continue as planned.
“Indonesian diplomacy will continue to work hard to contribute so that Indonesia can quickly get out of this pandemic,” concluded the Foreign Minister.