Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan declared that the COVID-19 vaccination program will begin on Wednesday (Jan 13), with a favorable impact estimated to show in next three months.

"We start the national vaccination on Wednesday, and I think quite a good impact is expected after three months," Pandjaitan stated at the launch of the 2021 National Movement on Proud of Made in Indonesia Products, held offline and online, from the I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, on Monday.

At the event also attended by Deputy Governor of Bali Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, the minister reminded Bali authorities to tighten the application of health protocols and to increase the number of COVID-19 tests.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Bali rose following the long New Year’s and Christmas holidays.

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The Indonesian government has decided to tighten restrictions on the movement of people in Java and Bali on January 11-25, 2021, to curtail a spike in COVID-19 infections. On Saturday, Indonesia witnessed the addition of 10,046 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, continuing to set records over three consecutive days, after it recorded 9,321 cases on January 7 and 10,617 on January 8, 2021.

Three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by China’s Sinovac Biotech, have so far arrived in Indonesia in two batches -- 1.2 million doses on December 6, 2020, and 1.8 million doses on December 31, 2020, -- that were then distributed to various regions in the country, starting from January 3, 2021.

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Translator: Ade Irma J, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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