Health workers in Indonesia are set to receive a third dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, in a government bid to boost their immunity against new variants of the virus.
Moderna doses will arrive in the country on Sunday, with plans to begin vaccinations as soon as next week, Health Minister Budi Sadikin said.
Between January and 9 July, 210 doctors died with Covid, according to the Indonesian Doctors Association. Twenty of them had been vaccinated using Sinovac, raising concerns over the efficacy of the Chinese-developed vaccine.
Indonesia is currently experiencing a surge of cases linked to the highly infectious Delta variant.
The government has put in place emergency restrictions on the islands of Java and Bali to drive down the infection rate, which has continued to break records in recent days.
On Thursday, the country recorded more than 38,000 new cases, bringing the official tally to more than 2.4 million cases. More than 63.700 deaths have been recorded so far.