Chief Sinovac vaccine researcher dies of Covid-19 in Indonesia

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The scientist Novilia Sjafri Bachtiaris is buried according to the Covid-19 protocol
18:27, 8 July 2021

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The lead scientist on Chinese Sinovac vaccine died presumably of coronavirus on July 7, as CNN reported.

The death of Novilia Sjafri Bachtiar comes as fatalities from the coronavirus reach record highs in Indonesia, one of the countries where the Sinovac vaccine has been most widely used. The researcher had been buried according to Covid-19 protocols.

State enterprises minister Erick Thohir posted a message on Instagram mourning her "huge loss" at BioFarma, which is making the vaccine. He did not give the cause of her death.

"She was lead scientist and head of dozens of clinical trials done by BioFarma, including Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials in cooperation with Sinovac," he said.

Related: WHO urges to enhance quarantine in Indonesia due to new outbreak of Covid-19

The infection and deaths of health workers in Indonesia who had received the Sinovac vaccine has added to questions over its effectiveness in preventing hospitalization and death.

According to independent data group Lapor Covid-19, 131 healthcare workers, mostly vaccinated with the Sinovac shot, have died since June, including 50 in July.

Indonesia reported more than 1,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time on July 7 and a record 34,379 infections. The latest wave of infections has been driven by the Delta variant, first identified in India.

Last month, Sinovac spokesman Liu Peicheng told Reuters preliminary results showed the vaccine produced a three-fold reduction in neutralizing effect against the Delta variant.

Related: GAVI hopes India will resume AstraZeneca vaccine exports in July

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