Indonesia starts mass vaccination campaign with Chinese Covid-19 jab Jan 14, 2021 0 326 12345 dpa JakartaIndonesia launched its mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, using the Chinese-developed CoronaVac jab.President Joko Widodo was the first to receive the shot in a ceremony at the presidential palace, followed by representatives from the government, the health profession and religious communities.“After this, we will extend the vaccination programme to the entire country,” Joko said after receiving the jab. “The vaccinations are intended to break the chain of coronavirus transmission, protect people’s health, and support the recovery of the economy,” he added. The country’s drug and food agency on Monday authorised the emergency use of the Chinese vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech.The agency said the decision to issue the emergency use authorization was based on preliminary results of late-stage trials of the vaccine in Indonesia, Brazil and Turkey. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Israeli air strikes kill 40 pro-govt fighters in Syria Jan 14, 2021 0 1187 Iran launches sea manoeuvres in Gulf Jan 14, 2021 0 42 Air pollution killed nearly 5,000 people in Afghanistan last year: Health ministry Jan 14, 2021 0 287 Indonesia resumes search for cockpit voice recorder after jet crash Jakarta: Search teams resumed efforts on Wednesday to find the cockpit voice recorder and bodies from an Indonesian passenger jet that crashed over the weekend with 62 people on board. Navy divers on Tuesday retrieved .. Malaysian regions under lockdown as nation faces emergency rule Bangkok: A two-week lockdown affecting Malaysia’s commercial and administrative heartlands began on Wednesday, the day after authorities imposed a nationwide state of emergency. Local television news reports .. Kuwait’s govt ministers resign amid tension with parliament dpa Kuwait City Kuwait’s government ministers on Tuesday submitted their resignation to the Gulf country’s prime minister, Sabah al-Khalid, amid tension with parliament, the official Kuna news agency reported. Kuna .. Israel strikes Hamas posts in response to Gaza gunfire Tel Aviv/Gaza City - The Israeli army exchanged fire with Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, after shots were fired at a military vehicle adjacent to the security fence. In response, an Israeli tank ..