Diphtheria Vaccine Does not Use the Forbidden Animals

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Saturday, January 13 2018 - 20:30 IWST

PT Bio Farma (Persero) (Foto ist)
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INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - PT Biofarma as the sole producer of diphtheria vaccine in Indonesia said it does not use animals that are forbidden in the process of making the vaccine.

"Diphtheria is not used (animals are forbidden), but if the terms of halal or haram is not we who set," said President Director of PT Biofarma Juliman in Jakarta, yesterday

Determination of halal whether or not diphtheria vaccine is the authority of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), although Biofarma guarantee its products have high quality and safe for the people of Indonesia.

For the diphtheria vaccine production process, Juliman explained that the bacteria of diphtheria were originally planted and multiplied to produce the first toxins that were turned off so as not to cause disease.

Once finished, the toxin is turned off while it is formulated with other ingredients to become a vaccine.

"It is tested and certainly there is a requirement before marketed, tested in order and then submitted to BPOM BPOM will issue a certificate," said Juliman to the media crew.

After passing the test from Biofarma and BPOM, new vaccine is sold. From the process of making, mixing to so, diphtheria vaccine takes 3-4 months.

Juliman says diphtheria vaccine is an old product that has been produced since the 90s when there was a case of diphtheria.

PT Biofarma produces diphtheria vaccine tailored to the needs of the government, for example the government requires a certain amount for one type, and it will follow.

He ensured that diphtheria vaccine stock was still sufficient, let alone it stopped exports to other countries during the extraordinary event (KLB) diphtheria.

"There is no need to import because the import is not necessarily outside also exist, because long we do not export this world is a bit short," said Juliman.

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