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Asia Insight

Indonesia and Philippines face persistent anti-vax hurdle

Asian hesitancy weighs as inoculation drives make progress

AKANE OKUTSU, CLIFF VENZON and ERWIDA MAULIA, Nikkei staff writers | Southeast Asia

TOKYO/MANILA/JAKARTA -- The number of people in Asia getting vaccinated against COVID-19 has been rising. But further progress in battling the pandemic could be slowed by the continuing appearance of social media hoaxes and disinformation that make it harder to combat hesitancy.

Some of the uglier postings have been in Indonesia, which says it has found and had taken down 2,000 vaccine-related hoaxes on social media platforms. One posting in July showed five coffins in a mosque, with a deliberately-wrong caption saying they contained residents of one house who just got vaccinated.

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