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Reagen Mokodompit

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Reagen Mokodompit is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie's Jakarta office.

On 22 October 2020, the Minister of Health (MOH) issued MOH Regulation No. 28 of 2020 on the Procurement of Vaccines for Corona Virus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) (“MOH Regulation 28”). MOH Regulation 28 is an implementing regulation of the Presidential Regulation No. 99 on the Procurement of COVID-19 Vaccine and Vaccination of COVID-19 (“PR 99”). We have addressed some of the key takeaways under PR 99 in our previous client alert. You can find the link to the client alert here.

MOH Regulation 28 regulates on four main themes of COVID-19 vaccine procurement:  (i) types and amount of vaccine for procurement, (ii) procedure for procurement of vaccines, (iii) procedure for payment for vaccines and (iv) guidance and supervision on the procurement of vaccines.

As stipulated under PR 99, MOH has appointed PT Bio Farma (Persero) (“Bio Farma”) as the state-owned enterprise that will lead the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia. MOH Regulation 28 applies for all COVID-19 vaccines yet to come, not limited to the one that is being developed under the partnership between Government of Indonesia (GOI) (i.e., through Bio Farma) and Sinovac.

One of the preliminary methods to check if a person has been infected with COVID-19 is a rapid antibody test. In addition, under COVID-19 Task Force Circular Letter No. 7 of 2020 currently, a rapid antibody or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result is a requirement for anyone taking public transportation for domestic (interprovincial or intercity) and international travel in Indonesia. Although the accuracy of rapid antibody tests is questionable, the rapid antibody test is the easiest and quickest way to identify COVID-19 exposure.

Because it is easy to use, there has been high demand for rapid antibody tests. To ensure a reasonable price, on 6 July, the Directorate General of Healthcare Services (“DGHS”) (i.e., a division under the Ministry of Health (“MOH”) issued Circular Letter No. HK.02.02/I/2875/2020 on the maximum tariff of Rapid Antibody Tests (“DGHS Circular Letter 02”).

DGHS Circular Letter 02 is an implementing rule of MOH Decision No. HK.01.07/MENKES/247/2020 on Guidelines on Prevention and Control of Corona Virus Diseases (COVID-19).