Indonesia To Be Southeast Asia's Vaccine Center In Producing mRNA COVID 19 Doses

Indonesia To Be Southeast Asia’s Vaccine Center In Producing mRNA COVID 19 Vaccines

Indonesia may soon begin manufacturing its own mRNA vaccines after being chosen by the World Health Organization to receive technology transfer in order to establish Southeast Asia’s Covid-19 vaccine centre.


Indonesia To Be Southeast Asia’s Vaccine Center In Producing mRNA COVID 19 Vaccines

Indonesia may soon begin manufacturing its own mRNA vaccines after being chosen by the World Health Organization to receive technology transfer in order to establish Southeast Asia’s Covid-19 vaccine centre.

According to a statement from the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry, PT Bio Farma would begin manufacturing mRNA doses. The announcement did not specify the brand. The company is one of the region’s major vaccine producers, with a capacity of 3.2 billion doses per year.

Source - Bloomberg.com

It is the kind of solution that developing countries need, a solution that empowers, a solution that strengthens our self-reliance, a solution that allows us to contribute to global health resilience,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Twitter.

Indonesia has been requesting international support for years in order to manufacture its own Covid-19 vaccines in order to vaccinate its population, which is the fourth biggest in the world, and transport them to neighbouring countries. Due to a shortage of supplies, it has been ordered to provide half-doses of its booster vaccine in order to guarantee that it has enough for all 270 million of its citizens.

WHO plans to establish technology transfer centres in developing countries to assist them in generating mRNA vaccines. In South Africa, scientists supported by the organisation generated a vaccine candidate for Covid-19 that is identical to the one developed by Moderna Inc.


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