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Indonesia approves emergency use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesia's Food and Drug Authority (BPOM) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine amid a spike in cases as the more contagious Delta variant has entered the country, an official said on Thursday.

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"BPOM has issued the EUA for the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech with the mRNA platform," BPOM's head Penny K. Lukito told a virtual press conference.

Indonesia has an agreement to procure 50 million doses of Pfizer vaccine throughout 2021.

Indonesia has so far given EUA approvals to five COVID-19 vaccine producers, namely Sinovac, Sinopharm, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Indonesia recorded on Thursday 56,757 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the pandemic hit the country for the first time in March last year, bringing the total tally to 2,726,803.

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