Early data from a late-stage trial indicates that 97 per cent of those injected with a COVID-19 vaccine made by China's Sinovac Biotech developed antibodies, the Indonesian company set to produce the shot said on Tuesday.
"The [vaccine] procurement will take years to complete, from 2020 to 2021 and 2022", she told reporters via a virtual briefing.
CVS has put out a call to all health-care workers interested in obtaining a job administering the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine when it becomes available.
The country has recorded the highest numbers of cases and deaths from the virus in Southeast Asia - at 581,550 and 17,867, respectively.
"But unless something changes dramatically, billions of people around the world will not receive a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 for years to come". Furthermore, the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has earmarked an additional Rp 18 trillion for the mass vaccination program in 2021.
A decree signed by Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on December 3 stipulates that the vaccines that can be used for the vaccination program in Indonesia must come from Bio Farma, United Kingdom-based AstaZeneca, China's Sinopharm or Sinovac Biotech, or U.S. pharma Moderna.
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has already received approval in the United Kingdom and the most vulnerable are starting to be vaccinated this week.
The vaccine, which has been undergoing phase three trials in Turkey and other countries, will need another two weeks of testing and analysis, said the Sozcu newspaper.
Brazil's Butantan Institute biomedical center, which is running a Phase 3 trial of CoronaVac in the country, said last week that Sinovac was expected to publish efficacy results from its vaccine trials by December 15. Among the various buyers, Canada has bought more doses per head of population than any other country enough to vaccinate each Canadian five times, said the alliance, which includes Amnesty International, Frontline AIDS, Global Justice Now and Oxfam.
Dr Koca stated shipments of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine will arrive after Friday.
The government is ready to authorize emergency use of the vaccine as soon as its safety and efficacy are confirmed.