Southeast Asia is embracing China’s Sinovac vaccine despite its confusing efficacy data

In a livestream from the Indonesian presidential secretariat’s YouTube channel, the country’s leader Joko Widodo rolled up his sleeves to receive his shot of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, kicking off the nation’s mass inoculation campaign.

His vaccination comes just two days after Indonesia became the first country outside China to grant emergency use authorization to privately Chinese biotech firm Sinovac’s Covid-19 shot. Indonesia has already secured 330 million doses of the vaccine, and so far about 29 million doses have been delivered to the country.

Elsewhere in Southeast Asia, countries have also readily embraced the Sinovac, even as wildly different efficacy rates have been recorded for its vaccine.

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