France, US again donate vaccines to Indonesia

France, US again donate vaccines to Indonesia

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi while delivering a virtual press statement on the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines from the United States on Friday (September 17, 2021). (ANTARA/Yashinta Difa/FR)

Donation from the US and France mirrors Indonesia's strong partnership with the two nations and a form of commitment from all countries to collaborate in tackling this pandemic.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesia has again received a donation of COVID-19 vaccines from the United States and France through the COVAX dose-sharing scheme.

"Donation from the US and France mirrors Indonesia's strong partnership with the two nations and a form of commitment from all countries to collaborate in tackling this pandemic," Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi noted in a virtual press statement on Friday.

The 2,632,500 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine donated by the US were delivered in two batches: 877,500 doses on September 16 and 1,755,000 doses on September 17.

The delivery was part of the 4,644,900 additional doses that the US Government donated as part of its vaccine-sharing mechanism.

The third batch of the delivery, with 1,140,750 doses, was planned to arrive in Indonesia by September 19, while the fourth batch, with 871,650 doses, will arrive on September 23.

"In addition to the US' earlier donation of 8,000,160 doses of the Moderna vaccine, the total number of doses of Moderna and Pfizer that the US Government had delivered reached 12,645,060," Marsudi stated.

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Apart from the US, Indonesia also received 968,360 doses of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine from France through the COVAX scheme.

The COVID-19 vaccine doses that arrived in Indonesia on Thursday were part of the second batch of three million doses of vaccine promised by France.

Indonesia received 1,327,060 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from France.

The minister opined that the continued arrival of vaccines through the dose-sharing scheme demonstrated that Indonesia's vaccine diplomacy efforts to promote global solidarity had brought a real positive impact to the people.

"To this end, on behalf of the Indonesian government and people, I would like to express my highest gratitude to the United States and France. Thank you for your friendship and solidarity," she affirmed.

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