Jakarta: Southeast Asia’s giant Grab Holdings Inc. is setting up car-to-car vaccination services across Indonesia in collaboration with the government to help the nation inoculate more than 180 million people against Covid-19.
Grab Indonesia President Ridzki Kramadibrata said in a hypothetical news release that the program, which started on Sunday in the resort island of Bali, is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Indonesia has made it mandatory for eligible citizens to take a screenshot. The nation is aggressively launching a mass vaccination campaign as it struggles to contain the largest outbreak of the Coronavirus in Southeast Asia.
It plans to immunize 70 million people by August, nearly a third of the total targeted number of 181.5 million for the public campaign.
“We need to cooperate with the private sector to accelerate the vaccination campaign,” Health Minister Bodhi Gonadi Siddiqin said at the press conference.
The company said in a statement that the Pod Vaccine Center in Bali is ready to distribute 840 injections per day, for a total of 5,000 vaccines per week.
First place plans to vaccinate 2,500 transport drivers, including Grab drivers and delivery partners and 2,500 public sector workers in tourism in Bali. Kramadiprata said that more command centers will be established in several cities soon.
As of Saturday, 1.47 million people in Indonesia had received their first dose of Sinovac Biotech Ltd vaccine, while more than 980,000 had received a second dose. About 1.3 million people have been infected in the country and more than 35,000 have died from the virus.