Indonesia approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

March 8, 2021 11:21 PM EST

Workers unload boxes of AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 that arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, March 8, 2021. Muhammad Iqbal/Antara Foto via REUTERS


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JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has approved AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, Penny K. Lukito, the chief of the country's food and drug agency, told a news conference on Tuesday.

More than one million doses of the vaccine arrived late on Monday via the COVAX global vaccine-alliance scheme. About 38 million doses of a vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech have arrived in the Southeast Asian country so far, some of which have been used in a mass inoculation drive starting in January.

(Reporting by Stanley Widianto; Editing by Ed Davies)



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