Indonesia to get 3 million COVID vaccines from the Netherlands

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Netherlands has decided to donate 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Indonesia following a meeting between Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Dutch counterpart, Sigrid Kaag.

"At my meeting with the Dutch foreign minister, one of the concrete results we have achieved is the Dutch government's decision to donate 3 million vaccines to Indonesia," Marsudi said while addressing an online media briefing from The Hague on Thursday.

The Netherlands will soon send the vaccines to Indonesia, she said without elaborating on the vaccine brand.

Indonesia also received 998,400 COVID-19 vaccines from Japan on Thursday, she informed. The vaccines were a part of the 2 million doses of vaccine that Japan has pledged to Indonesia.

The second batch of the vaccine aid from Japan will arrive in Indonesia in the not so distant future, Marsudi said.

The minister said she is also trying to secure vaccines from Britain through a dose-sharing scheme.

"My meeting with British foreign minister has resulted in a vaccine commitment (on the part of the British government). We will discuss details of its consignment time later on," she informed.

The Netherlands has been the last country to pledge COVID-19 vaccines to Indonesia.

Indonesia will receive 2.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Japan, Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin told a virtual press conference that ANTARA joined from Jakarta on Thursday.

The Australian government has donated 77 million Australian dollars to help Indonesia procure at least 10 million vaccine doses through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) facility, he informed.

The US government has also promised to provide Indonesia four million Moderna vaccines thanks to the efforts of Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, he added.

As of June 20, 2021, Indonesia has received 104,728,400 COVID-19 vaccines, comprising 94.5 million Sinovac vaccines, 8.228 million AstraZeneca vaccines, and 2 million Sinopharm vaccines.

Indonesia currently has 43 million COVID-19 vaccines in stock, which will suffice for 30 million citizens, Sadikin said.

Meanwhile, President Joko Widodo is seeking to boost Indonesia's daily vaccination rate to one million doses by July this year.

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