Bio Farma develops digital infrastructure for COVID-19 vaccine (The Jakarta Post)

It may not be too long until Indonesia can start its COVID-19 vaccination program, as Indonesia’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) confirmed last week that emergency use authorization (EUA) could be granted before the clinical trials were complete. While waiting for EUA to be granted, state-owned pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma has started gearing up for the vaccination program by developing a digital infrastructure.

The digital infrastructure is set to support both the government’s vaccination program and independently purchased vaccinations. Bio Farma digital healthcare director Soleh Udin Al Ayubi explained that the infrastructure would comprise four phases, namely track and trace technology, distribution, pre-order facility and vaccination report. Soleh explained in a statement on Wednesday that the track and trace technology would feature 2D barcodes on the vaccine’s packaging containing important information, namely the vaccine’s expiry date, batch number and serial number, to prevent counterfeit vaccines.

For the program, PT Bio Farma is also collaborating with state-owned telecommunications giant PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) to integrate the data with other ministries and agencies, such as the Health Ministry, Communications and Information Ministry, Health Care and Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) as well as the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri).

The information will serve as a guide for distribution planning, vaccination services as well as to validate the vaccine recipients and monitoring system.

In addition to the aforementioned state-owned companies and organizations, the system will also be integrated with other state-owned pharmaceutical holding companies, such as PT Kimia Farma’s subsidiary Kimia Farma Trading and Distribution and Kimia Farma Clinics, as well as PE Indofarma’s subsidiary company Indofarma Global Medika (IGM), hospitals, clinic and other healthcare facilities.

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The Jakarta Post

3 December 2020

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