JBC foils attempt to illegally export lobster seeds to Vietnam

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Finance Ministry’s directorate general of customs and excise (DJBC) thwarted an attempt to illegally export 42,500 lobster seeds from the Batu Ampar Port in Batam and took into arrest three suspects. The arrest was made in coordination with the Fish Quarantine and Inspection Agency (BKIPM-KHP) and Batam Port Authority. Director for International Customs Affairs Syarif Hidayat noted in a statement here on Monday that the three suspects departed from Jakarta aboard a Kelud motor vessel on Friday (Dec 4). “Customs officials received information on the…

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BPOM evaluation is prerequisite for conducting COVID-19 vaccination

    Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto elaborated that COVID-19 vaccination will only be conducted after a series of evaluation by the National Drug and Food Agency (BPOM). “This is to ensure the quality, safety, and effectiveness (of the vaccine) while awaiting the issuance of MUI’s (Indonesian Ulemas Council’s) fatwa on halal status of the vaccine,” Hartarto stated during a virtual press conference here on Monday. The minister noted that stage-wise vaccination will be conducted, with priority accorded to medical workers and public service officials,…

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After receiving Sinovac, Indonesia eyes COVAX’s vaccines in 2021

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia is currently eyeing the WHO-initiated global facility of COVAX for procuring the COVID-19 vaccine through the next year, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated after receiving 1.2 million vaccine doses of China-based Sinovac. “One of the requirements is the vaccine request form to the COVAX Facility. The Ministry of Health has just sent it today, December 7, to meet its deadline,” Marsudi stated during a virtual press conference held for the vaccine’s arrival on Monday. “Several other steps would thereafter be taken by the end of…

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Maintain health protocols despite vaccines availability: Jokowi

Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) sought consistent public discipline in applying the 3M health protocols of wearing face masks, maintaining distance, and washing hands with soap despite the COVID-19 vaccine already being available in Indonesia. “Although there is a vaccine, we have to remain disciplined in applying health protocols. We always have to remain disciplined in implementing the 3M health protocols of wear masks, keep our distance, and wash our hands. May God, the Almighty, bless all of us to pass the test of this epidemic,” the president…

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Floods trigger displacement of nearly 10 thousand East Aceh residents

  Banda Aceh, Aceh (ANTARA) – Floods caused by unremitting torrential rains over the last 72 hours have displaced 9,988 people in East Aceh District, Aceh Province, according to the local disaster mitigation office (BPBD). “Owing to heavy rains over the last three days and the overflowing of rivers in the area, water levels at several locations had reached up to 200 centimeters high,” Head of BPBD East Aceh Ashadi stated in Idi, Monday. Payah Laman and Ule Jalan in Banda Alam Sub-district are among the worst affected villages. “Almost…

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Govt should increase public cognizance of COVID-19 vaccines: House

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Puan Maharani sought the government’s action to strengthen measures to edify the public and disseminate information on COVID-19 vaccines, deemed important to convince people for inoculation as a preventive step. However, Maharani also underscored the significance of vaccine distribution to be conducted in accordance with the procedure, scientific considerations, and positive results of clinical trials. “Following the vaccine’s arrival in the country, the government should then intensify edification and raise awareness regarding the safety and benefits of the vaccine to…

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