Indonesia says to start COVID-19 vaccinations programme next week

Indonesia‘s mass vaccination programme is set to start next week, pending authorisation from the country’s food and drug agency (BPOM), as about 700,000 doses of vaccines have already been widely distributed.

Currently battling one of Asia’s most stubborn coronavirus epidemics, Indonesia has secured more than 329 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, most notably from Pfizer and its partner BioNTech, and AstraZeneca. Those to be used in the first phase are CoronaVac, the vaccine of China’s Sinovac, of which Indonesia has received 3 million doses.


Turning point’: UK giving 1st doses of COVID-19 vaccine

90 year old Margaret Keenan, the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, administered by nurse May Parsons at University Hospital, Coventry, England, Tuesday Dec. 8, 2020./ AP

British health authorities rolled out the first doses of a widely tested and independently reviewed COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday, starting a global immunization program that is expected to gain momentum as more serums win approval.

The first shot was given to COVID-19 vaccine Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, at University Hospital Coventry, one of several hospitals around the country that are handling the initial phase of the program on what has been dub

Thailand signs deal for advance procurement of COVID-19 vaccine

Thailand signed deal with AstraZeneca today, to secure COVID-19 vaccine for Thai people, with the first lot of about 26 million doses expected to be available in the middle of next year.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the signing of the agreement, between the Thai Ministry of Public Health and AstraZeneca Thailand, representing British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant, at Government House.

In his address, the prime minister said that, although Thailand has been successful in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, its economy has been hard hit and advance procurement of COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca will be a sustainable approach to preventing a new outbreak of the contagion and will allow Thai people to have access to a safe and effective vaccine.

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