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Indonesia is 1 of respective countries successful the satellite that analyse people's immunity each six months done the serosurvey method

Jakarta (ANTARA) - The cardinal to controlling the COVID-19 pandemic lies successful identifying caller microorganism types done genome sequencing and monitoring people's immunity done antibody serosurveys, according to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin.

"Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic successful Indonesia is already nether power due to the fact that (we) already cognize the enemies done the genome sequencing method," helium said astatine the “2023 National Coordination Meeting of Regional Heads and the Regional Leadership Forum.”

The gathering was followed online from present connected Tuesday.

When the pandemic archetypal deed Indonesia, it took 10 months to transportation retired laboratory tests of 140 samples for genome sequencing owed to constricted investigating facilities, the curate noted.

However, now, the fig of genome sequencing tests has been accrued to up to 8 1000 samples per period successful laboratories dispersed crossed 12 cities successful Indonesia.

According to Sadikin, the emergence successful Omicron cases successful the state astatine the extremity of 2022 was not caused by an summation successful people's mobility but by the emergence of caller microorganism variants, specified arsenic XBB and BQ.1.

He informed that the efforts taken to admit caller microorganism variants during the pandemic person been supported by the authorities done a bid of strategies for managing the capableness of laboratory networks to bash so. The strategies are evaluated regularly by the Ministry of Health, helium added.

Apart from identifying variants, the authorities besides needs to measurement people's immunity against the hazard of infection, helium said.

"Indonesia is 1 of respective countries successful the satellite that analyse people's immunity each six months done the serosurvey method," helium pointed out.

He said that the people's immune strategy is similar the cosmopolitan defence strategy of radical successful facing the onslaught of COVID-19. "So if a caller variant enters, the question volition inactive beryllium small," helium added.

The ministry is targeting to contented the study connected the 3rd serosurvey successful 2023, which progressive a survey squad from the Public Health Faculty of the University of Indonesia, wrong the adjacent 1 oregon 2 weeks.

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