Wednesday, December 8, 2021

The Latest: Indonesia greenlights vaccines for 12 and older

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced Monday that his government will administer COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 12 after the country’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency green-lighted emergency use of the Sinovac vaccine. Widodo said in a video statement that he was grateful that the agency has issued an emergency use of authorization for the Sinovac vaccine so that “vaccination for children that age can start immediately.

He has asked authorities to boost the country’s vaccination rollout to two million shots a day by August from the current level of about 1 million a day, as the second wave of infections engulfs Southeast Asia country. Monday’s announcement came a day after health authorities announced the country’s largest one-day jump in new coronavirus infections, the second day in a row, as the Health Ministry reported 21,342 new cases and 409 deaths over the past 24

hours. On Monday, the latest tally showed the country’s total confirmed cases since the pandemic began at more than 2.1 million, the most in Southeast Asia, including confirmed fatalities to more than 57,100. Authorities have only fully vaccinated 13.1 million of Indonesia’s 270 million people and partially vaccinated another 14.2 million.

MORE ON THE PANDEMIC

— Australia battles variant clusters; Sydney and Darwin are in lockdown

— Portugal, Spain, and Hong Kong announced new restrictions on travelers from Britain

— Post-COVID offices to feature wider hallways, fewer desks

— As variant rises, U.S. vaccine plan targets’ movable middle.’

Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s emergency order about the coronavirus pandemic is entering its final days. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says she will end the “state of civil emergency” order she instituted in the pandemic’s early days.

The order has allowed Mills to use state resources to control the spread of the virus in Maine. Republicans and Democrats have sparred for months about whether the emergency order has gone on for too long.

Republicans have also charged that the order gave Mills too much authority and future orders should be more limited. Mills and other Democrats have said it played a crucial role in reducing the state’s burden from coronavirus.

Mills said earlier in June that ending the emergency order is a key milestone, and it reflects that “Maine people have persevered, and, although challenges remain, we will get through them together just as we did this past year.”

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