CHECK THE FACTS: Hoax of 1.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccines From Europe Arrives in Indonesia

Sinovac Vaccine Stored at Bio Farma Bandung. © 2020 Presidential Secretariat

Merdeka.com – Circulating on social media as many as 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccines claimed to have come from Europe have arrived in Indonesia. The upload is accompanied by a neration:

Alhamdulillah. 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccines from Europe have arrived in Indonesia. Hopefully this covid test can disappear from the motherland as soon as possible and always pray a lot. Amen.”

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Fact Check merdeka.com traces the claims of 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccines from Europe arriving in Indonesia. In fact, 1.2 million vaccines arriving in Indonesia are vaccines from Sinovac Biotech Ltd, a Chinese company.

Reporting from merdeka.com, 1.2 million doses of vaccine from Sinovac Biotech Ltd arrived in Indonesia via Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, on December 6, 2020.

Quoted through the Presidential Secretariat Youtube channel, President Jokowi said the vaccine that arrived at this time was a ready-to-use vaccine made by Sinovac.

“I would like to convey good news that today the government has received 1.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine. This vaccine is made by Sinovac, which we have been testing clinically in Bandung since August 2020, we are also working on 1.8 million vaccines that will arrive. in early January, “said Jokowi, Sunday (6/12).

In addition to ready-to-use vaccines, Jokowi also said that the Indonesian government is still waiting for 15 million doses of vaccine in the form of raw materials which are scheduled to arrive this month, and 30 million doses of vaccine raw materials in January. Later, the ingredients for making vaccines will be produced into ready-to-use vaccines by Bio Farma.

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“This month there will also arrive 15 million doses of vaccine and in January as many as 30 million doses of vaccine in the form of raw materials which will be further processed by Bio Farma,” he said.

However, for the mass vaccination process, Jokowi said that he was still waiting for the decision of the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).

“To start vaccination, it still requires steps from the food and drug regulatory agency BPOM,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government through the Ministry of Health has officially established six types of vaccines for the implementation of Corona virus vaccination in Indonesia.

Reporting from the covid19.go.id website, this determination is contained in the Decree of the Minister of Health Number HK01.07 / Menkes / 9860/2020 concerning the Determination of Types of Vaccines for the Implementation of Covid-19 Vaccinations.

The six types of vaccines are vaccines produced by PT Bio Farma (Persero), Astra Zeneca, Sinopharm or China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation, Moderna, Pfizer Inc and BioNTech, and Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

The six vaccines that have been determined are intended for the implementation of the state vaccination program carried out by the Minister of Health. Apart from that, it is also earmarked for the need for independent vaccination services conducted by the Minister for State-Owned Enterprises.

The six vaccines to be mentioned must be in the third clinical trial phase or have passed the third phase clinical trial.

“The types of vaccines referred to in the first dictum are vaccines that are still in the clinical trial implementation stage, the third stage or the third stage of clinical trials has been completed,” read the second point of the decision, as quoted by merdeka.com, Sunday (6/12).

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In the third point, it is written that the use of the Covid-19 vaccine can only be done after obtaining a distribution permit or approval for emergency use from the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM).

The fourth point states, the Minister of Health can change the type of Covid-19 vaccine with a recommendation from the National Immunization Expert Advisory Committee.

The next point, it is written that the Minister of Health can change by taking into account the considerations of the Committee for Handling Covid-19 and National Economic Recovery and the ministerial decree takes effect from the date of stipulation, namely 3 December 2020.

Conclusion

Claims of 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccines from Europe arriving in Indonesia are false. In fact, the 1.2 million vaccines that have arrived in Indonesia are Sinovac vaccines.

Don’t be easy to believe and check every information you get, make sure it comes from a trusted source, so that its accuracy can be accounted for. (mdk / noe)

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