Universitas Brawijaya (UB) through the Covid-19 Task Force in collaboration with UB Media Group to hold a Webinar Series of the Covid-19 Task Force Episode 2, with the theme “Covid-19 Vaccine: Health and Economy”. This online activity presented three speakers, there are a researcher from The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), dr. Asri Maharani, MARS., Ph.D, Chairman of Indonesian Doctors Associatio,n dr. Daeng M. Faqih, SH., MH, and Special Staff of the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia 2020, Prof. Candra Fajri Ananda, S.E., M.Sc, Ph.D.
Delivered by dr. Asri, seeing the Covid-19 handling in the UK, there was a significant decrease in infections after vaccination. “The risk of being entered to the hospital fell by 40 percent and the risk of dying was down 56 percent,” he explained.
Even though Covid-19 is a new case, learning from previous diseases, such as diphtheria, pertussis, or measles, dr. Asri assessed that vaccine is very effective in reducing the number of cases to a very small number, until then it disappears. “So if we want the pandemic to end quickly, vaccination must be done quickly,” he said.
Regarding the vaccine safety, dr. Daeng explained that vaccine research has been scientifically tested, and its benefits and safety can be accounted for.
“Researches on vaccine are conducted at the highest level of scientific evidence, or meta-analyzes of clinical trials with significant results. Each stage is documented in a transparent and open manner, because there is an obligation to be published in a credible scientific journal and submitted to WHO global data. Because WHO monitors and controls, “he explained.
Meanwhile Prof. Candra Fajri Ananda delivered the material “Vaccination and Its Impact on the Economic Sector”. He said, this pandemic limited economic activity, therefore the government took quick and measured steps to deal with the impact of the pandemic, such as tax relaxation. Seeing that Indonesia’s economic growth is strongly supported by household consumption, the government has also provided a large amount of BLT funds to increase household consumption.
“Currently, with the vaccination program, Covid-19 daily cases both globally and nationally have decreased, so it is hoped that there will be economic recovery in all sectors,” he concluded. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]