Indonesia approves China's Sinovac vaccine for the elderly

Reuters
Jakarta, Indonesia Published: Feb 06, 2021, 07:24 PM(IST)

China's Sinovac vaccine Photograph:( Reuters )

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Wiku Adisasmito, spokesman for the country`s COVID-19 task force, confirmed the authenticity of the letter, as did a Bio Farma spokesman.

Indonesia has approved China`s Sinovac Biotech`s COVID-19 vaccine for its elderly population, the country`s food and drugs authority (BPOM) said in a letter to state-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma seen by Reuters on Saturday.

The letter showed that Bio Farma has approved the vaccine for those aged 60 and above after `taking into account the emergency situation".

Wiku Adisasmito, spokesman for the country`s COVID-19 task force, confirmed the authenticity of the letter, as did a Bio Farma spokesman.

A BPOM spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Southeast Asian country gave Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine its first emergency use approval outside China as the world’s fourth most populous country launches nationwide inoculations.

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