Jakarta (ANTARA) - As many as 1,041,400 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Cengkareng, Banten, on Friday morning.

"The vaccine that we receive this morning is part of the bilateral agreement between the AstraZeneca producer and the Government of Indonesia on the delivery of 50 million doses of vaccine to the country," Oscar Primadi, the health ministry’s secretary general, stated here on Friday.

The latest vaccine shipment is the 26th arrival of COVID-19 vaccines to Indonesia, thereby bringing the total to 141,315,880 doses so far.

The availability of COVID-19 vaccines is expected to expedite and expand the vaccination program as the nation is eyeing a daily target of administering two million shots in August 2021.

President Director of AstraZeneca Indonesia Sewhan Chon affirmed that the first delivery under the bilateral agreement between AstraZeneca Indonesia and the Government of Indonesia today offers an important momentum in the mission to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are ready to continue to cooperate with the government and various parties in Indonesia in supporting the mission of Indonesia's recovery," he stated.

Chon noted that nearly 45 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered to all ASEAN countries and over 700 million doses to 170 countries worldwide to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, a total of 15.8 million Indonesians completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccine injections while 39.6 million others received the first shot mostly of the CoronaVac vaccine bought from China's Sinovac, under the vaccination drive being conducted since January 13, 2021.

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