The world’s largest island country, Indonesia, has struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic. According to statistics, the country located in Southeast Asia has had 2,911,733 cases so far and more than 74 thousand deaths. Lately, it seems that things are starting to get out of control and yesterday, Indonesia had more than 51 thousand reported cases.
This might be just the beginning
The number of reported cases from yesterday had been higher than those of other countries, which are already known for struggling with the pandemic: Brazil and India. Sources reveal that health experts believe that the total number of daily infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Indonesia is much higher. Things are looking bad for other Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. Health experts in Indonesia also believe that if the virus testing would be active in the country, then probably the numbers would be much higher. The testing ability in Indonesia (less than 56 tests per 1000 people) is lower than in India, and things do not seem to improve.
Vaccination remains the solution
It has been already established by the WHO and health experts worldwide that so far, vaccination is the only solution to fight the SARS_CoV-2 virus. Several vaccines are already available: Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Sputnik and more. In Indonesia, Sinovac has been the most used vaccine, and concerns are that this vaccine might not be as effective as others. This means that health workers might receive a third dose from another vaccine. According to recent statistics, the vaccination rate in Indonesia is extremely low, with only 5.93% of the population being vaccinated with at least one dose. Neighbor countries are also struggling with the vaccination campaign. Not long ago, several international organizations have already talked about the fact that the distribution of vaccines worldwide is not equitable, and this means that some countries do not receive as many options and numbers of doses.