INDONESIA PROMISES FREE COVID-19 VACCINES TO ITS CITIZENS
Indonesia plans to provide COVID-19 vaccines to its people free of charge by 2021, Chairman of the COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee Erick Thohir said on August 27, the same day the country recorded its highest number of cases, Vietnam news agency (VNA) said.
Thohir said Jakarta will secure 30 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year from UAE’s G42 and China’s Sinovac.
He explained that the plan is to make free vaccines available to the public by utilizing the state budget and using the national health care system (BPJS) data as the basis for vaccine administration.
To reduce the burden on the state budget, which is experiencing a widening deficit, he asked those who can afford it to pay for the vaccines independently. He added that his committee is also continuing to prioritize the ongoing development of the Red and White vaccine, the Indonesian Antara News Agency also reported.