The President Of Indonesia Demanded To Complete The Work On The Vaccine Within Three Months
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has set local experts the task of completing work on a coronavirus vaccine within three months. As the Jakarta Post newspaper writes on Thursday, the head of state called such terms at a closed meeting with representatives of the scientific community.
"We received instructions from Widodo to prepare the vaccine in three months," Professor of the University's medical school Pajajaran Kusnandi Rusmil, who is developing the drug, told the publication. However, according to him, the most advanced research in this area "allows us to expect that only in January next year will be completed clinical trials." The scientist recalled that in Indonesia, "the most promising project is considered to be a joint project of the local pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and the Chinese Sinovac Biotech." Human trials of the drug are expected to begin in August.
The head of BioFarma, Alexander Bayar, recently said that the Corporation is ready to produce up to 40 million vaccines a year at the first stage, and then bring production to the level of 250 million.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in Indonesia exceeds 91 thousand, of which about 4.4 thousand died. According to these indicators, the Republic ranks first in Southeast Asia.