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Indonesian Government Signs Part B of COVAX Facility Request Form

Indonesian Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin (kemkes)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian government, represented by Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, have signed the Vaccine Request Form Part B to complete the COVAX Facility request form.

The signing was done online as proof of Indonesia's commitment to join the GAVI COVAX Facility and continue to strive to ensure vaccine availability.

Indonesia is one of the Advance Market Commitment (AMC92) countries in the COVAX Facility which has the opportunity to get fully subsidized vaccines to meet the vaccine needs for 20 percent of the total population, which is around 54 million people.

The COVAX Facility vaccine shipments will be made in phases, namely three percent in the first quarter of 2021, and proportionally to AMC countries.

To date, there are 17 vaccine candidate portfolios within the COVAX Facility, of which eight are in human clinical trials, including AstraZaneca, Moderna, and Novavax vaccines.

Minister of Health Budi Gunadi Sadikin said that Indonesia has committed 125 million doses from Sinovac, 50 million doses from AstraZeneca, as well as 50 million doses from Novavac. There are a total of 225 million doses of the definite COVID-19 vaccine.

By signing form B from the COVAX Facility, Indonesia can get access to a maximum of 108 million free vaccine doses from GAVI.

"This is good news for all Indonesians," Budi Gunadi Sadikin said, as quoted from the Ministry of Health's website, on Monday (01/11/2021).

In line with Budi, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani assessed that COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge that not only threatens the welfare and safety of all Indonesians, but also from the economic side. Therefore, efforts to overcome COVID-19 are conducted in joint efforts.

The Minister of Finance added that from the estimated expenditure needed for the provision of vaccines and vaccination programs to the public, it is estimated that it will reach more than IDR73 trillion.

The vaccines from COVAX will certainly help a lot from budget needs in order to meet the needs of the vaccination program.

"We will set the highest priority to the budget for vaccine supply and to support the vaccination program. This has been provided in the 2021 State Budget, and will continue to be carried out in the budget reallocation so that the entire needs of the vaccination program and vaccine procurement can be met," Sri Mulyani said.

To confirm participation in the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine through the AMC scheme, Indonesia needed to sign the COVAX Vaccine Request Form which is divided into two parts, namely Part A and Part B.

Part A contains technical matters related to general information, plans for vaccination targets, cost sharing, character of vaccines, regulations on safety and preparedness, as well as cold chain capacity and logistics.

Part A was signed by the Minister of Health on December 7, 2020.