Indonesia’s president receives a Chinese-made vaccine that produced disappointing trial results.

Indonesia’s president receives a Chinese-made vaccine that produced disappointing trial results.

2021-01-13 12:45:36
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Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, received an injection of a Chinese-made vaccine on live television on Wednesday as health officials prepared for a nationwide rollout.

Human trials in Indonesia have shown that the vaccine, CoronaVac, was safe and 65.3 percent effective. But scientists in Brazil said Tuesday it had an efficacy rate there of just over 50 percent – much lower than the 78 percent efficacy announced last week.

Mr. Joko was the first in Indonesia to receive the vaccination, health officials said, because he wanted to assure the public that it was safe, effective and halal, meaning it was approved under Islamic law.

When he got his injection, behind him was a red sign with white letters stating that the vaccine was "safe and halal".

"Indonesia has at least one vaccine as a tool to protect its health workers and prevent staff shortages," he said. "Of course the government has to do its best to get other vaccines."

Indonesia plans to give the vaccine to medical personnel, police officers and soldiers first. It has also started a national promotional campaign to convince members of the public to get the vaccine, which will be free.

Following Mr. Joko being vaccinated in front of the cameras were the Chief of the Army, the National Police Chief and the newly appointed Health Minister, along with other dignitaries and so-called influencers.

Indonesia has reported nearly 850,000 coronavirus cases and nearly 25,000 deaths, Southeast Asia's highest rates in both categories.


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