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Coronavirus

Indonesia to allow companies to purchase vaccines for employees

Scheme risks putting country into confrontation with WHO call for equal access

A woman receives her first dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine during a mass vaccination program for the elderly people at a school in Jakarta on Friday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will allow companies to purchase vaccines to inoculate their workers, after approving a private COVID-19 inoculation program to run alongside its national scheme.

A recently issued health ministerial regulation stipulates companies can buy and inoculate its employees and their families at private-run hospitals. The directive came into force on Thursday and was made public on Friday.

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