Bio Farma Supplies 70 Percent of The World's Vaccine Needs
By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Tuesday, February 20 2018 - 17:00 IWST
Mas Rahman Roestan Dirut PT Bio Farma (Persero) (Foto Dok Industry.co.id)
INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - Vaccine producer PT Bio Farma (Persero) has supplied its products to 70 percent of the world's vaccine needs in more than 130 countries, said Bono's Managing Director Rahman Rustan.
In a written statement received in Jakarta, Monday (2/19/2018) Rahman said Bio Farma wanted to explore the potential for research or production cooperation that can be synergized with friendly countries around the world.
"If previously we work together through the UNICEF channel, we hope that this meeting will facilitate bilateral cooperation access due to the assistance of the Ambassadors," Rahman said in a meeting with four Ambassadors representing every continent.
The four Ambassadors of Indonesia are the Ambassador of Indonesia to Iran and Turkmenistan representing the Middle East Region, Ambassador of RI to Romania representing Regional Europe, Ambassador of RI to Cambodia representing Regional Southeast Asia, and Ambassador of Indonesia to Peru representing Regional Latin America.
Rahman said although so far it still get a lot of help from the ambassadors in several countries. However, Bio Farma desperately needs advice, discussions and support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also the ambassadors in digging out other potentials.
Rahman added that the most potential to be explored is herbal products considering the potential for biodiversity or biodiversity for herbal products in Indonesia is quite large.
"We focus on biotechnology products, so for the cooperation of herbal products we want to invite three other SOEs namely Indofarma, Kimia Farma, and Phapros," said Rahman.
Ambassador of Indonesia to Iran and Turkmenistan representing the Middle East Region Octavino Alimudin believes Indonesia's position as a producer of vaccine and serum is highly recognized by the world, and even become a new market potential for Indonesia through Bio Farma.
"This can really help us to be able to re-establish and pioneer everything that would be beneficial for both parties," said Octavino.
He added that in the future there will be formal cooperation, either in the form of a memorandum of understanding or other contracts, or things to be obtained from each region's country. In addition, the ambassador will seek what potential can be explored from the country.
"All things that are political must of course we describe in the form of mutually beneficial economic cooperation," said Octavino. (Ant)