VIVA – As an effort to deal with a global pandemic corona virus or COVID-19 that doesn’t go away, many research institutes and manufacturers vaccine around the world competing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.
Based on WHO Landscape on COVID-19 Vaccine data as of 12 November 2020, currently there are 212 vaccine candidates from 8 different types of platforms. These vaccines are currently being researched, both in the pre-clinical trials and clinical trials (or trials in humans).
Advisor of Yayasan Bersatu Sehatkan Indonesia and Founder of InHarmony Clinics, Dr. Kristoforus Hendra Djaya, SpPD, MBA, explained that of the 48 vaccine candidates who have entered the clinical trial stage, 11 of them have entered the phase 3 clinical trial phase, which is the final test as a requirement for obtaining a distribution permit.
“One of them is the Coronavac vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech from China, which is currently conducting phase 3 clinical trials in five countries, including in Indonesia,” he said during a Webroom Discussion of The 1st Online Vaccinology Forum 2020, recently.
Vaccination it has been named by WHO and CDC as one of the best prevention efforts in the field of public health. Vaccination has received public attention and is being discussed by many people, especially since the news about the COVID-19 vaccine went viral. Public awareness and knowledge of the importance of vaccination is also increasing.
However, according to Kristoforus what has happened is that various global and national organizations, including Unicef, WHO, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), and the Ministry of Health, have recorded a drastic decline in users of immunization services for infants and children to adults around the world, including Indonesia.
“And even though infant immunization services have started to increase again, the number of requests has not returned to its original level. Meanwhile, adult vaccination is still very badly down to this day. Not to mention that there are still challenges coming from various parties and interest groups,” he continued.
Furthermore, Kristoforus added that anti-vaccination and hesitancy vaccines have been around for a long time, causing various diseases to not be controlled, let alone eradicated according to the WHO target.
“The politicization of vaccination has begun to be widely gossiped about by the public regarding the COVID-19 vaccine which will be launched soon. Now, this is where the role of doctors as the spearhead in educating the public is very important,” he said.
According to Kristoforus, doctors must be able to restore public confidence in the importance of immunization, increase immunization coverage, so that in the end, they can save more lives and prevent the occurrence of Twindemics, an epidemic in a pandemic due to decreasing immunization coverage.
“This includes increasing public acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccination which will be launched next year. Therefore, it is necessary to update information on various matters relating to vaccination and immunization in the pandemic era for doctors throughout Indonesia,” he said.
“Now is the most appropriate time to add and refresh the knowledge of medical personnel, especially doctors, about vaccination, the importance of education, and preventing hesitancy. frontline educators and trusted source of information, for the sake of a healthy Indonesian society, “concluded Kristoforus Hendra Djaya.
Remember, currently the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is still high. For that, don’t forget to adhere to health protocols and do 3M: Wear Masks, Maintain Distance and Stay Away from Crowds and Wash Hands with Soap,
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