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Researchers develop COVID-19 vaccines in Bio Farma, Indonesia’s pharmaceutical holding company Bio Farma in Bandung, West Java. ANTARA FOTO/Dhemas Reviyanto/foc

Delaying a COVID-19 vaccination program may cost Indonesia US$44 billion

Delaying a widespread vaccination program would cause not only higher causalities but also long term economic loss for Indonesia.
A man looks at foreign currency exchange rates on an electronic panel in Jakarta, Indonesia. FOTO ANTARA/Rosa Panggabean/ed/mes/11

Indonesia and China inked a deal to promote the use of the Yuan and Rupiah. The political and economic implications are huge

The agreement marks a key milestone in strengthening bilateral financial cooperation between the world's largest exporter, China, and Southeast Asia's largest economy, Indonesia.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) has been in an ongoing tug-of-war with his ally-turned-foe, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, over pandemic mitigation. Sigid Kurniawan/Antara Foto

Existing political tensions intensify during pandemic: a ‘glocal’ observation

A pandemic can amplify friction and tension between jurisdictions – especially when there are political differences and existing conflict.
An Indonesian police officer gets tested for COVID-19 in Tangerang, Banten. ANTARA FOTO/Muhammad Iqbal/aww

Shame and fear: lessons to learn as COVID-19 collides with a growing HIV epidemic in Indonesia

Shame and fear resulting from stigma and discrimination can drive increased transmission of COVID-19 and prevent vital public health control.
Local fishermen take matters into their own hands to rescue dozens of Rohingya people drifting on a broken boat in waters off Lhoksukon in Aceh. Rahmad/Antara Foto

Why Aceh is a rare place of welcome for Rohingya refugees

Islamic solidarity, customary law and their experience of conflict and foreign aid can explain the Acehnese greeting people in need with open arms.

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