Jakarta (UNA-OIC) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said Monday that the government has continued to work hard to channel all resources into securing COVID-19 vaccine supplies to cater to the national demand.
“However, at the same time, Indonesia also leaves no stone unturned to provide equitable access to vaccines for all nations since the battle against COVID-19 will be futile if unequal access to vaccine still persists,” Jokowi stated at the annual session of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and a Joint Session of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) in Jakarta.
He noted that by conducting vaccine diplomacy, Indonesia had also demonstrated to the world its active contribution toward “the establishment of a world order based on freedom, perpetual peace and social justice.”
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi earlier confirmed that the government had secured and received a total of 185 million vaccine doses, in ready-to-use and bulk form. She also highlighted the government’s sustained efforts to expedite the vaccination drive, whilst concurrently maintaining mobility restrictions to stem the transmission of COVID-19 in the country.