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The Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM) has issued a permit to use the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac as a "fortress" against Corona virus infection. This vaccine is declared safe to use, although like any other drug or vaccine, there are some possible side effects
The BPOM has issued an emergency use of authorization (EUA) for the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. The issuance of this permit was given because the Sinovac vaccine had met the efficacy (efficacy and safety) standards of the World He alth Organization (WHO).
Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Permit Travel in Indonesia
The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine began to enter Indonesia on December 6, 2020. Based on the results of the interim phase III clinical trial for the Sinovac vaccine in Indonesia and reviews of clinical trials from other countries, BPOM has officially stated that this vaccine is safe for use. used.
“The results of the analysis of the Sinovac vaccine clinical trial in Bandung showed an efficacy of 65.3 percent. The results of other considerations, namely from Turkey with a vaccine efficacy of 91.25 percent and in Brazil by 78 percent," said Penny Kusumastuti Lukito through a virtual press release on Monday (11/1).
The results of the efficacy or efficacy and safety of the Sinovac vaccine are in accordance with the efficacy threshold set by WHO, which is 50 percent. This means that the use of the Sinovac vaccine is safe compared to the side effects it causes.
“The Sinovac vaccine shows the ability to form antibodies in the body and the ability of antibodies to kill or neutralize viruses. The efficacy results also show that the Sinovac vaccine is able to reduce the risk of COVID-19 disease by 65.3 percent," he continued.
Penny also said, so far the side effects of the Sinovac vaccine are not dangerous. The side effects caused are generally mild to moderate and can be overcome.
“Local side effects include pain, irritation, and swelling. Systemic side effects include muscle pain, fatigue (fatigue), and fever. For the degree of severity, namely headaches, skin disorders, and diarrhea, the reported percentage is around 0.1-1 percent. This is a harmless and reversible side effect,” he concluded.
Sinovac COVID-19 Vaccine Contents
The COVID-19 vaccine made by Sinovac, which has obtained a BPOM permit, contains an inactivated virus and does not contain any live virus or attenuated virus.
This vaccine also contains aluminum hydroxide which functions to increase the vaccine's ability. In addition, other ingredients are also contained, such as a phosphate solution as a stabilizer (s tabilizer) and a sodium chloride s alt solution to provide comfort in injection.
Despite the many circulating issues, Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine does not contain ingredients such as borax, formalin, or mercury, and does not contain preservatives, so quality, safety and effectiveness are guaranteed.
The Sinovac COVID 19 vaccine has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of being infected with the Corona virus and the risk of developing a serious illness or requiring hospitalization. This will be very useful during a pandemic like now.
However, please note that the use of this vaccine does not guarantee that all activities will immediately return to normal. So, the public is still advised to always apply 3M, namely wearing masks, maintaining a safe distance, and washing hands, to increase the success of COVID-19 prevention efforts.