Until 3 October 2020, Papua province’s Corona death toll has climbed to 103. It was reported that its first COVID-19 cases on March 17. As of October 1, 2020, the number of confirmed cases in the West Papua increased from 6,306 to 6,397. Meanwhile the recovery rate went up from 3,975 to 4,006.
Coronavirus infections initially emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of 2019. Since then, COVID-19 has spread to over 215 countries and territories, including 34 provinces of Indonesia.
To protect Indonesians from the deadly virus, the government has been striving to obtain COVID-19 vaccine candidates through bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.
“The clinical trials of Sinovac have, so far, run smoothly, and we have not received any report on those experiencing serious effects or shown with good results,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated.
Bio Farma has increased its production capacity of the COVID-19 vaccine from 100 million doses to 250 million doses. The delegates from the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) will visit Sinovac’s facilities in China, as part of precautionary measures instituted by the Indonesian government ahead of rolling out the vaccines in the country.