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Chinese vaccines: Sinovac needs outweigh doubts in Indonesia

Five things to know about the role of China's shots in ASEAN's coronavirus fight

A health care worker prepares a Sinovac shot in Jakarta: The Chinese vaccine made up 90% of the doses Indonesia had received as of late June.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia is battling its fiercest COVID-19 outbreak yet, setting another new daily infection record on Sunday with over 21,000. At the same time, doubts are growing over the Chinese vaccines it and other Southeast Asian countries are counting on.

So far, all but a small fraction of vaccines delivered to Indonesia have come from China's Sinovac Biotech -- shots declared halal by the nation's Islamic authorities. But some health workers inoculated with Sinovac jabs have been hospitalized. A few have even died despite being fully immunized.

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