“It’s being mentioned whether or not Saudi Arabia is prepared to just accept a booster of the identical vaccine sort,” ITAGI Chairwoman Sri Rezeki Hadinegoro stated at a media coaching session on medicine and vaccines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic held by the Nationwide Company of Drug and Meals Management (BPOM) on Tuesday.
“Like Indonesia, Saudi Arabia makes use of a vaccine vector that’s an inactivated virus. Nevertheless, the kind of vaccine is Sinopharm, which is mRNA-formulated,” she added.
In the meantime, most Indonesian umrah pilgrims have taken the Sinovac vaccine, which is made with the identical components.
Hadinegoro careworn the vaccine’s supplied immunity doesn’t final lengthy, so to revive its efficacy, the administration of an extra booster dose is required.
“We now have to provide the booster,” she careworn, including there have been issues from Saudi Arabian authorities that the Sinovac vaccine with out an mRNA booster would weaken the immune system of umrah and hajj pilgrims once they arrive.
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The ITAGI remains to be convincing the federal government of Saudi Arabia about offering the fitting vaccine for Indonesian umrah vacationers, Hadinegoro additional stated, whereas urging the Indonesian authorities to conduct analysis on the efficacy of the Sinovac vaccine as proof to be submitted to Saudi Arabian authorities
“If we’ve analysis proof and we are able to show the pilgrims’ immunity is excessive, I feel Saudi Arabia might be positive,” she additional stated.
“Just lately, Saudi Arabia has reopened entry to Indonesian umrah pilgrims in view of our improved dealing with of COVID-19,” Deputy Minister for Non secular Affairs Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi stated.
The choice was the results of lengthy and intense lobbying by the international minister, non secular affairs minister and well being minister, he added.
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