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The government is attempting to expedite mass vaccinations to alleviate the pandemic’s great economic burden. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin asks the Indonesian Ulemas Council to quickly issue an edict for the vaccine. But mass vaccinations are being held back by technical issues and inadequate cold chain facilities. Rejection toward the vaccine is emerging in various regions.
Budi Gunadi Sadikin, Health Minister: Vaccine is Not a Political Commodity
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin
Cases of illegal SIM card swaps ending in bank account theft have increased in the past year. Allegedly bank employees are involved.
Lack of Ambition for Emission Reduction
The Climate Ambition Summit was organized to help push for a renewed commitment on emission reduction, in order to achieve the target of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degree Celsius by 2030. Indonesia is seen as lacking ambition to meet its emission reduction target.
Uchuy, a female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) calf, seen swimming together with her mother at Prigen Safari Park in Pasuruan, East Java, January 15. Uchuy is the first of its kind to have been born at the zoo, in October 2020. Prigen Safari Park currently has five bottlenose dolphins. ANTARA/Zabur Karuru
State of Emergency
INJURED people lay on hospital beds outside the emergency ward following an earthquake in Mamuju, West Sulawesi, January 15, in this picture obtained from social media. A 6.2-magnitute earthquake shook West Sulawesi on Friday, January 15. Until Monday, January 18, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency records a death toll of 81 with more than 740 people injured and over 27,800 had to leave their homes to take refuge in safe locations.
Indonesian Red Cross/via Reuters