Collaboration crucial to procure 420 mln COVID-19 vaccines: minister

Collaboration crucial to procure 420 mln COVID-19 vaccines: minister

Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin. (ANTARA/Asep Firmansyah/am)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin has emphasized the importance of national collaboration for procuring 420 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines within the next six months to bring the pandemic under control.

"I see that cooperation is very important; there must be national mutual cooperation, national collaboration to acquire 420 million doses of vaccines in the next six months," the minister said in a statement released here on Tuesday.

Sadikin made the remarks while reviewing a vaccination program organized by the alumni of Kanisius high school, Menteng 64 at the Jakarta Convention Center. At least five thousand vaccines were administered on the occasion.

The Indonesian government is targeting to vaccinate 210 million Indonesian citizens, so the nation needs to procure 420 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the minister said.

Chairperson of the Kanisius Menteng 64 alumni body, Irlan Suud, said the first stage of vaccinations from July 5 to July 18, 2021 will cover Indonesian citizens, especially residents of Jakarta or those working in Jakarta.

Under the second stage of vaccinations from August 2 to August 15, 2021, the alumni plan to administer a total of 70 thousand vaccine shots , or five thousand jabs per day, he added.

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Indonesia has been struggling to control the second COVID-19 wave triggered by the new Delta variant that has overwhelmed the country's healthcare facilities over the last several weeks.

Daily infections have continued to spike, with the number of new cases reaching another record of 29,745 on Monday (July 5, 2021), taking the total tally to 2,313,829.

According to the COVID-19 Response Task Force, with 14,416 people recovering from COVID-19 on Monday, the total recoveries reached 1,942,690.

Meanwhile, at least 558 people succumbed to the infection, bringing the death toll to 61,140.

The number of active cases, or patients receiving treatment and conducting self-isolation, climbed to 309,999, while the number of suspected cases stood at 79,808.

Indonesia reported its first coronavirus infections in March last year.

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