Indonesia authorises private Covid-19 vaccination scheme

A medical worker shows a bottle of the Sinovac vaccine at the emergency hospital for the coronavirus disease patients in the Athlete Village in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 27, 2021. — Reuters pic
A medical worker shows a bottle of the Sinovac vaccine at the emergency hospital for the coronavirus disease patients in the Athlete Village in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 27, 2021. — Reuters pic

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JAKARTA, Feb 26 — Indonesia has authorised a private vaccination scheme to run alongside its national programme, so that companies can buy vaccines procured by the state for employees, a ministerial regulation showed today.

Employees and their families should not have to pay for the vaccines themselves and a price ceiling would be determined by the government, the regulation says. State-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma will handle the distribution of vaccines and shots must be given in private health centres. — Reuters

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