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Scientists all over the globe have been working to develop Covid-19 vaccines since the pandemic broke out. Indonesia joined the fight by producing the Merah Putih (Red and White) vaccine. In the field, the country’s vaccination program has been equally frenzied. Racing against time and new Covid-19 variants, vaccination has not only relied on health workers. Regional governments, the police and the military, as well as ordinary citizens were mobilized to reach those in remote areas.
A Year of Covid, Calamities and Consolations
We record important, tragic and consoling events in 2021. They can be reflections for a better 2022.
A committee for selecting civil servants in Central Java did not accept Muhammad Baihaqi to become a mathematics teacher because he is visually impaired. It was a clear case of discrimination.
Experience from 2013 has shown that when the Fed reduces liquidity injections and raises interest rates, the resulting wave of capital reallocations can hurt the financial markets of emerging economies, including Indonesia.
I Fear This Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg
Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas explains to Tempo the initiatives his ministry has taken with regard to rampant sexual violence in pesantrens (Islamic boarding schools), resumption of umrah (minor pilgrimage) and haj pilgrimages, as well as the formulation of presidential regulation on houses of worship.
CHRISTMAS Eve Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Medan, North Sumatra, on Friday, December 24. The mass that promoted the theme “A Birth That Brings Peace” was conducted by implementing health protocols with attendance 50 percent of the church capacity. ANTARA FOTO/Fransisco Carolio
The Supreme Court upholds an appeal lodged by Muhammad Baihaqi, a person with disabilities from Pekalongan. The government must set an example of inclusive public services.