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A screencapture of Vice Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono during an online press conference to announce the arrival of the 56th and 57th batches of vaccines in Jakarta on Saturday (September 11, 2021) - 


Vice Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono has appealed to the public to continue observing health protocols so that Indonesia would not experience another surge in COVID-19 case.

“In our neighboring countries, such as Malaysia and even Singapore, they are currently experiencing the surge in COVID-19 cases due to violations of health protocols,” Harbuwono noted, during an online press conference to announce the 56th and 57th batches of vaccine arrivals here on Saturday.

Even though the number of active cases and the death toll due to COVID-19 has declined, and the ongoing vaccinations program is continuing very well, health protocols necessitate to be well-implemented, he added.

“Apart from following health protocols, do not forget to participate in the national vaccination program,” he added.

The ministry is requiring support from all public elements, so that no people are left behind in the national vaccination program, according to Harbuwono.

“Once again, do not hesitate to get vaccinated and stay disciplined in following health protocols. Insya Allah (God’s will) through mutual efforts of all stakeholders, we can get through this pandemic well,” he noted.

Based upon the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, as of Friday (September 10, 2021), a total of 40,867,993 Indonesian citizens have received two doses of the COVID vaccine. Meanwhile, as many as 71,175,259 citizens have received the first dose of the vaccine.

The government has targeted as many as 208,265,720 citizens in the vaccination program.

Harbuwono also urged the public to follow the policies that the government has issued for the common good.

“The policy of public activity restrictions (PPKM) currently being enforced aims at preventing Indonesia from again experiencing the surge in COVID-19 cases,” he noted//ANT


Indonesian shooting athlete Vidya Rafika Rahmatan Toyyiba at the Tokyo 2020 Women's 50m Rifle Qualification at Asaka Shooting Range, Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, (July 31, 2021). (ANTARA/REUTERS/Ann Wang/am/KT) - 


Secretary General of the PB Perbakin Shooting Sports School Firtian Judiswandarta expressed strong belief that accuracy-based sports, including shooting and archery, held vast potential to bring Indonesia to the world stage.

According to Judiswandarta, the branch of shooting does not require a strong body. Based on an expert's research, he quoted that shooting was one of the several sports in Indonesia that its athletes could compete in with other countries.

"Shooting does not require a strong physique. The important aspect is we hone (the athletes') intellectual skills. That is sufficient to compete for international achievements," he told ANTARA here on Saturday.

"Hence, accuracy and agility are indeed the (skills for) sports in Indonesia that we should continue to train in. Sports, such as archery and shooting, which basically rely on accuracy, are ideal for the people of Indonesia," he remarked.

However, Judiswandarta also emphasized that athletes prioritizing accuracy should not overlook their physical abilities since he believes athletics was of utmost importance.

"To be a good shooting athlete, he or she should have a proper physique. That means, they should obtain VO2 max (maximal oxygen consumption) with good endurance, though not the same power as weightlifting," he explained.

"Instead, we need more stamina to reach VO2 max through running or specific gymnastics. The weight used is also typical," Judiswandarta, who will be present at the Papua PON National Games XX to support East Java Province in the shooting branch.

Judiswandarta harbors high expectations of the National Sports Grand Design (DBON) proffering myriad benefits. He expressed belief that the new paradigm in the realm of Indonesian sports is the best way to boost achievement.

"DBON is very beneficial. We thank the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs. The current sport or the new paradigm carried out by the Ministry is a model that we must support," he affirmed//ANT


A screenshot of Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi delivers a virtual press statement regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccines' arrival on Saturday (September 11, 2021). ANTARA/Yashinta Difa - 


Indonesia received its first 500 thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses of Johnson & Johnson from the Dutch government that arrived at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Banten, on Saturday.

"This is the third batch of vaccine supply support from the Dutch," Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated while delivering a virtual press statement on the arrival of the vaccines.

Indonesia had earlier obtained 657 thousand doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the commitment to provide a total of three million vaccine doses from the Netherlands.

The Indonesian government plans to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines to citizens aged 18 years and above.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with efficacy of 67.2 percent, has obtained an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) permit from the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) on September 7, 2021.

Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia, Lambert Grijns, noted that only one injection of the Jenssen company was required, so it will be effective in reaching people in remote areas.

"Recipients of the vaccine only need to make one trip," Grijns remarked.

The ambassador noted that the Dutch government was delighted to support Indonesia in its efforts to administer the donated vaccines to as many citizens as possible and at the earliest.

In addition to the vaccines, the Dutch government will donate personal protective equipment (PPE) to Indonesia.

Grijns remarked that a ship, carrying PPE, had departed from the port of Rotterdam last week and was scheduled to arrive in Jakarta in the coming weeks.

"I am optimistic that the donations we give would help the people of Indonesia. Indonesia has a special place in our hearts,” he affirmed//ANT


A screenshot of Deputy Minister of Health Dante Saksono Harbuwono during a press conference for the arrival of Janssen and Sinovac vaccines, Saturday (September 11, 2021). (ANTARA/ Zubi Mahrofi) - 


Deputy Minister of Health Dante Saksono Harbuwono confirmed that Indonesia had received Janssen and Sinovac vaccines in finished form on Saturday.

"This morning, we welcome the arrival of Janssen and Sinovac vaccines," he noted during a press conference on the arrival of the 56th and 57th batch of vaccines, monitored online here on Saturday.

The deputy health minister remarked that the Janssen vaccines are a form of assistance from the Dutch government through a bilateral scheme.

"This month, for the first time, we have received 500 thousand doses of the Janssen vaccine in the finished form. On behalf of the Indonesian government, we would like to say thank you for the assistance provided by the Dutch government," Harbuwono remarked.

The deputy health minister further confirmed that on the same day, Indonesia had also received 2,075,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine in collaboration with the COVAX Facility.

"If we calculate from the first arrival in December 2020 to stages 56 and 57 today, Indonesia has already received a total of more than 232 million vaccine doses, both in the form of raw materials and finished products," he noted.

Harbuwono noted that Janssen's vaccine had obtained the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) permit from the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) on September 7, 2021.

"Janssen vaccines will be administered intramuscularly through a single dose of 0.5 ml to the general public aged 18 years and above," he remarked.

The deputy health minister remarked that during the early stages, the vaccines will be distributed to agglomeration areas.

"With the arrival of these two vaccine brands, the government is optimistic of the vaccination rate being accelerated," he stated.

Harbuwono is optimistic that Indonesia would be able to vaccinate two million people in September through the nation's vaccination program.

According to the Health Ministry's data, as of September 11, 2021, as many as 72,248,720 people had received the first dose of the vaccine, while 41,534,340 people were fully vaccinated through the country's vaccination program//ANT