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    Bio Farma Optimizes Production Capacity of Diphtheria Vaccine

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    BANDUNG-Bio Farma continues to produce diphtheria-containing vaccines, by maximizing existing capacity. Vaccines with diphtheria consisting of DT, Td and DTP-HB-Hib, by 2018 will produce 19.5 million vials.

    This amount is already included for national immunization needs and for the needs of Oubreak Response Immunization (ORI).

    Bio Farma Corporate Secretary Bambang Heriyanto said Bio Farma is ready to meet the needs of diphtheria-containing vaccines, with the amount expected to meet government needs, both for routine immunization programs and for the prevention of diphtheria outbreaks.

    "With our capabilities and capacities, we are ready to meet the government's need to prevent diffuse outbreaks of diphtheria. Total production of vaccine with diphtheria content that we will produce in 2018 will be increased production capacity to 19.5 million vials ", said Bambang.

    Meanwhile, Director of Marketing Bio Farma, M. Rahman Rustan said, for the procurement of Anti Diphtheria Serum (ADS) Bio Farma production, is currently still in development and optimization, so to meet the needs of ADS for patients diphtheria, still through imports of one one partner of Bio Farma, "We are still doing the development and optimization of ADS production, besides, it takes a long time to make ADS, while when outbreak, fast handling is needed, so the ADS procurement is done through import mechanism", Rahman said.

    Rahman added that with limited availability of ADS, distribution is done through coordination of the Ministry of Health and Government Hospital.

    "Currently Bio Farma production capacity, we prioritize to meet domestic needs, export demand both vis UNICEF, PAHO and Bilateral have us nego to reschedule, after domestic needs are met.

    As for getting the vaccine, ORI programs can contact the Health Office or government health facilities. While for independent vaccination can contact the official distributor of Bio Farma Sagi Capri, Merapi, IGM and Rajawali Nusindo, or contact the Immunization Clinic and Bio Farma Pharmacy. (Even)

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