October 19, 2021

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COVID-19, Indonesia also authorized third dose of vaccine

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Authorities in Indonesia, which registered a record 40,000 new infections, indicated that they will begin to inoculate a third dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to health workers.

Speaking to the Metro TV channel, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in charge of vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said that this week or the next they will begin to inoculate a booster dose of Moderna to those who have already been vaccinated with the complete Sinovac schedule. or AstraZeneca.

To receive the third dose, health workers must have the second vaccine inoculated between five and six months before.

The vaccine from Moderna, a drug company in the United States, uses state-of-the-art messenger RNA (mRNA) technology and has been shown to be highly effective against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

The drug from the British Swede AstraZeneca / Oxford uses an adenovirus to recreate a coronavirus protein, while the Chinese Sinovac uses the more traditional technique based on the inactivated SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The third dose for health workers has also been approved this week by the Thai authorities.

Indonesia, which accumulates 2.56 million infections and 67,355 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, has registered the death by COVID-19 of at least 10 doctors who were vaccinated with the complete Sinovac regimen and 4 with a dose.

The large number of infections in the archipelago is overwhelming the capacity of the health system, with an alarming shortage of oxygen supply for critically ill patients, so the authorities try to buy or receive donations of oxygen and assisted breathing equipment from other countries, like Australia or Singapore.

The authorities imposed a partial confinement since July 3 and a tightening of measures that will last until July 20 and that imposes a temporary closure in schools, religious venues, parks, museums, sports stadiums, shopping centers, bars and restaurants.

So far, 36.3 million Indonesians have been vaccinated with one dose, representing 13 percent of the total population, while some 15 million have received the full schedule, equivalent to 5.5 percent of their 270 millions of inhabitants.


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