Indonesia’s highest Islamic clerical body has passed a fatwa saying that China's Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine is halal.
In a post on its official Twitter account, the Indonesia Ulema Council's (MUI) Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs and Cosmetics, LPPOM, said that after a long discussion based on data and facts, it confirms that the Sinovac vaccine is halal.
#SobatHalalMUI, meski vaksin produksi Sinovac halal tlh difatwakan halal dan suci, namun penggunaannya masih menunggu keputusan BPOM terkait keamanan, kualitas, dan kemanjuran, https://t.co/ftaUkqup2C
— Halal Indonesia #LPPOMMUISiap (@halalindonesia) January 11, 2021
.#lppommui #halalmui #halalindonesia #corona #vaksin #covid19 #update #fyi pic.twitter.com/9BJDXNcbOS
The use of the vaccine in Indonesia now requires the National Drug and Food Agency (BPOM) to sign off on its safety, quality and efficacy.
The MUI fatwa and BPOM decisions will be considered by the national halal certifier, BPJPH, before it issues the halal certification for the vaccine.
BPJPH head Prof. Sukoso told Salaam Gateway in December the agency earlier received the halal certification application documents of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine. At the time, he said that BPJPH had conducted a field inspection in China involving representatives from LPPOM-MUI, BPOM and Bio Farma, Indonesia's state-owned biopharmaceutical company.
Indonesia's government last week said it will start mass vaccination on January 13, with President Joko Widodo the first person to receive a shot. This will require BPOM's Emergency Use Authorization.
Indonesia received on December 6, 1.2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac. The doses will be stored by Bio Farma, that will also locally process the raw materials shipped by Sinovac for 45 million doses of the vaccine.
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