The Ulema Council of Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country, will decide whether the government’s COVID-19 vaccine is permissible (halal) before mass vaccination starts.
The problem: The vaccine may use a pig-based gelatine as a stabiliser. For Muslims consuming pork is prohibited. In 2018, the Council banned a measles vaccine.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo a secular Muslim who has a "has a penchant for loud rock music" will be the first to be vaccinated to boost public trust in vaccines. The country has obtained three million doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.
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