Indonesia approves emergency use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Source: Xinhua| 2021-07-15 22:28:13|Editor: huaxia

JAKARTA, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's Food and Drug Authority (BPOM) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine amid a spike in cases as the more contagious Delta variant has entered the country, an official said on Thursday.

"BPOM has issued the EUA for the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech with the mRNA platform," BPOM's head Penny K. Lukito told a virtual press conference.

Indonesia has an agreement to procure 50 million doses of Pfizer vaccine throughout 2021.

Indonesia has so far given EUA approvals to five COVID-19 vaccine producers, namely Sinovac, Sinopharm, Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Indonesia recorded on Thursday 56,757 new COVID-19 cases, the highest since the pandemic hit the country for the first time in March last year, bringing the total tally to 2,726,803. Enditem