In response to the emergence your variant or B1621 from Colombia, the Ministry of Health said it would continue to monitor the risk of entry into Indonesian territory. The reason is the Ministry of Health mentioned that this variant is said to have the ability to be immune to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We are also monitoring the Mu variant which is currently spread in 46 countries and we continue to coordinate with officers at the entrances and develop various policies to anticipate the entry of variants that are said to have vaccine resistance,” said a spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination. Ministry of Health, Dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi, in a virtual press conference, Friday (10/9/2021).
He said that his party was always monitoring the Corona variants, both those designated as Variant of Concern (VoC) by WHO such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, as well as the Variant of Interest (VoI) group including the Kappa and Lambda variants.
But for your variant, his party seeks to prevent entry into Indonesia by tightening procedures for entry and exit of Indonesia. For example, through testing rules, quarantine policies, and mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements for people who have just arrived in Indonesia.
“The government is certainly trying to prevent the entry of new variants from outside Indonesia through tightening international quarantine policies, entry and exit testing, and vaccine requirements,” explained Dr. Nadia.
“We also continue to coordinate with WHO to continue to provide related information your variant and other variants that have the potential to spread in Indonesia,” he concluded.
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