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Indonesia to tap China, US to cover for AstraZeneca vaccine delay

Jakarta opens discussions with Beijing to ask for up to 100m Sinovac doses

A man receives a dose of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine at a shopping mall in Jakarta on April 1.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will ask China and the U.S. to provide COVID-19 vaccines, its health minister said, as the country faces a delay in receiving AstraZeneca doses.

The Indonesian government has "opened discussions with the Chinese government to ask for an additional 90 to 100 million doses of Sinovac [vaccines]," Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the country's health minister, said at a parliamentary hearing on Thursday.

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