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Indonesia deploys police and army escort for COVID-19 vaccine

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Health workers carry a box containing COVID-19 vaccines made by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Jan. 4, 2021. (Photo by Surya Betha/Xinhua)

JAKARTA (Xinhua) – Indonesia has deployed 83,566 police and army personnel to escort the COVID-19 vaccine since its arrival at Soekarno-Hatta Airport for delivery to the state vaccine manufacturing company Biofarma in West Java and distribution to various regions, a police officer said on Tuesday.

The Indonesian police spokesman Brigadier General Rusdi Hartono said the escort was part of a joint operation among personnel of the army, the police and other relevant institutions to keep health protocols and make the national vaccination program a success.

Indonesia will start the COVID-19 vaccination program on January 13 with a target of vaccinating 181.5 million people.

The first period of vaccination will be from January to April 2021, for inoculating 1.3 million medical workers, 17.4 million public workers and 21.5 million elderly people.

The second period will run from April 2021 to March 2022 for 63.9 million vulnerable people and 77.4 million others.

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