Indonesia grants emergency use authorisation to Sinovac's Covid vaccine

Indonesia grants emergency use authorisation to Sinovac's Covid vaccine

Indonesian health staff check Sinovac vaccines for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a storage facility before they are distributed to other provinces, in Banda Aceh on Jan 5, 2021. (AFP file photo)
Indonesian health staff check Sinovac vaccines for the Covid-19 coronavirus at a storage facility before they are distributed to other provinces, in Banda Aceh on Jan 5, 2021. (AFP file photo)

JAKARTA: Indonesia's food and drug agency on Monday granted emergency use approval to a Covid-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech, as it became the first country outside China to give the regulatory greenlight to the vaccine.

Interim data from a late-stage human test in Indonesia showed the shot was 65.3% effective, Penny K. Lukito, who heads the country's food and drugs authority BPOM said.


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