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Indonesia’s president says coronavirus vaccine must be halal

Christian Fernsby |
Indonesian President Joko Widodo warned his ministers Monday not to rush the launching of a novel coronavirus vaccine amid public concerns about whether it would be certified halal, or permissible under Islamic law.

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Topics: INDONESIA   

“We should consider public perception regarding the halal status of potential coronavirus vaccines,” he said during a meeting.

“Public communication regarding the halal status, price, quality and distribution must be well-prepared,” he added.

Widodo said the next critical point is administering the vaccines to the public.

He suggested providing a thorough explanation to the public regarding the priority of vaccine recipients as well as the reasons.

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin meanwhile said that the coronavirus vaccines that will be distributed must receive halal certification from the authorities beforehand.

Indonesia will begin vaccination for approximately 9.1 million people as early as November this year.

“We will start the process after the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency issues an emergency use authorization,” said Achmad Yurianto, director-general for disease control at the Ministry of Health.

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