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Jokowi gets Sinovac shot to kick off Indonesia mass vaccinations

Nation hopes to achieve herd immunity as COVID cases hit daily high

Indonesian President Joko Widodo receives a shot of COVID-19 vaccine at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo kicked off a mass inoculation program by getting his country's first shot of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine on Wednesday, as the nation recorded its biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Donning his trademark white shirt, Jokowi, as the president is popularly known, received the shot on Wednesday morning at the presidential palace in Jakarta, at a makeshift vaccination station on the balcony.

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