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Indonesian govt backs down on Covid-19 vaccine-for-sale move after outcry

Civil organisations questioned if the government or private corporations were trying to profit from the pandemic. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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Indonesia has scrapped a controversial plan to allow anyone to pay to be vaccinated against Covid-19, after a public outcry.

State-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Kimia Farma, with the government's backing, had offered to sell two doses for $82 in a scheme that was supposed to have been available from Monday (July 12).

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