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To build back better, Indonesia must get on top of coronavirus

After bungled initial response and inadequate mitigation, the 2021 challenge is a smooth vaccination campaign.

Indonesia's early response to Covid-19 was dismaying, with prevarication, denials and missteps.PHOTO: REUTERS

At this time a year ago, President Joko Widodo had ample reasons to feel good about his political position and Indonesia's outlook for 2020.

Last year, he won re-election with a wider margin, then controversially put combative two-time electoral opponent Prabowo Subianto in his new Cabinet - fostering political stability after violent post-election protests by Prabowo supporters.

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