China, Indonesia sign MOU on coronavirus vaccines

Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi says vaccines to be affordable

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (left) at MOU signing in Hainan. 

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (left) at MOU signing in Hainan.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine producers in China and Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Thursday (Aug. 20) giving the populous Southeast Asian nation priority for the distribution of vaccines.

Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi was present at the signing ceremony on the Chinese island of Hainan, the Antara news agency reported Friday (Aug. 21). According to the agreement, Sinovac Biotech Ltd. of China will give PT Bio Farma of Indonesia priority for bulk supply of the vaccine from March 2021 until the end of 2021.

The Chinese company has promised to produce 40 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine starting this November, but a selling price has not yet been revealed. Marsudi said it would be available to the public at an affordable price, as the Indonesian side had emphasized the supply of vaccines should be “adequate, timely, safe, and affordable,” Antara reported.