Approximately 98 million low-income residents of Indonesia will receive a future coronavirus vaccine for free. This was stated by the Minister of of Research, Technology and Higher Education Bambang Brodjonegoro.
"Participants of the state social protection program, about 97-98 million people, will receive the drug for free," the head of the department said, as quoted by the Jakarta Post on Wednesday. "Of course, the government will consider options for subsidizing other citizens of Indonesia, whose population is approaching 270 million," the official added.
Currently, various departments and scientific institutes of the Republic are developing a vaccine that can be put into mass production in the middle of next year. According to the published decree of President Joko Widodo, about $ 2.5 billion is allocated from the budget for this purpose.
At the same time, clinical trials of a Chinese vaccine from the Sinovac Biotech pharmaceutical holding are being conducted in Indonesia. Approximately 20 million doses of the new drug are expected to be on the market by the end of the year, and about 250 million more over the next year.
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