Indonesia Warns Over Delays For 100 Million AstraZeneca Jabs
Muhammad Irfan 8 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 04:00 PM
Jakarta, April 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Indonesia warned Thursday it faced delays receiving over 100 million doses of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, as export restrictions in India and company supply holdups threaten one of the world's biggest jab rollouts.
"This is not something we can accept. We immediately communicated with AstraZeneca." The world's fourth-biggest nation is one of the hardest hit in Asia, with more than 1.5 million virus cases and over 42,000 deaths.
Indonesia had been on track to receive some 54 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine through the Covax global vaccine sharing programme.
It is also expecting another 50 million doses in direct deals with the UK-based pharma giant and state-owned Biofarma.
But Indonesia has received just one million AstraZeneca doses so far with another 10 million that were set for delivery in March and April delayed due to India restricting vaccine exports, Sadikin said.
Many countries are relying on the Serum Institute of India for supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but the government put the brakes on allowing it to export the shots to battle a surge in cases at home.
AstraZeneca has also told Indonesia that previous plans to ship 50 million doses to the country this year would be delayed, with 20 million now set to arrive in 2021 and another 30 million next year, the health minister said.
AstraZeneca did not immediately comment.