Indonesian President Joko Widodo stated Wednesday he could be the primary particular person within the nation to be vaccinated for Covid-19 as he unveiled a marketing campaign promising free inoculations for everybody in world’s fourth most-populous nation.
Widodo’s announcement comes as Indonesia battles misinformation over the virus to be able to stave off a recent wave of infections, with some 630,000 recorded by Wednesday and greater than 19,000 deaths.
“The Covid-19 vaccine for all citizens will be FREE,” Widodo stated in a video on his Twitter account.
The authorities initially stated solely well being employees, the aged and different key personnel could be given the vaccine totally free.
Widodo didn’t say when he would take the vaccine, or when the nationwide inoculation program would begin.
But stated he was joyful to be the primary to be inoculated to be able to show it was secure.
“There’s no reason people shouldn’t get the vaccine or doubt its safety,” he added.
Indonesia has signed offers for greater than 350 million vaccine doses from numerous worldwide pharmaceutical firms — together with British-Swedish agency AstraZeneca and Chinese suppliers Sinovac.
The present vaccine offers don’t, nonetheless, present sufficient doses for the required two per particular person that might cowl Indonesia’s total 270-million inhabitants.
The nation acquired its first supply of 1.2 million Sinovac doses this month, with one other 1.8 million to reach in January.