Successful vaccination could reduce budget deficit to 3%: DPD speaker

A successful COVID-19 vaccination drive could help the government reach its target of reducing the budget deficit to under 3 percent in three years, a state official has said. “The government target could be reached by controlling and reducing coronavirus cases,” Regional Representatives Council (DPD) speaker La Nyalla Mattalitti said in a written statement on Wednesday.

Australia’s A$1.5 billion COVID-related loan to Indonesia

The Australian Government has unexpectedly announced that Australia will make a $ 1.5 billion COVID-related support loan to Indonesia. Australia’s assistance program to Indonesia has lagged somewhat in recent years. Indeed, the fall in support to Indonesia had begun to attract comment. But in one stroke, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s announcement late last week significantly strengthened Australia’s economic diplomacy in Southeast Asia.

Behavioural change interventions for COVID-19

In Indonesia and across the world, governments have implemented public health education campaigns aimed at changing behaviours to curb the spread of COVID-19. Messages about social distancing, hygiene and hand washing have been promoted by governments in Indonesia, but how successful have they been?

Jokowi calls for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country. He voiced his call in his speech at the 2020 G20 Summit which was held virtually, via a video conference from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on late Saturday.

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