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AstraZeneca counters Indonesian Muslim concerns over Covid-19 vaccine

  • Published at 06:28 am March 21st, 2021
Vaccination in Indonesia
A medical worker administers the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine during a vaccination drive targeting ride-hailing drivers and front-line hospitality workers in Nusa Dua, Indonesia's resort island of Bali, on March 1, 2021 AFP

Indonesia Ulema Council claimed the vaccine is ‘haram’ because the manufacturing process uses ‘trypsin from the pork pancreas’

AstraZeneca said on Sunday its Covid-19 vaccine contains no pork-derived ingredients, countering an assertion in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, that the drug violates Islamic law.

Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical council, the Indonesia Ulema Council, said on its website Friday that the vaccine is “haram” because the manufacturing process uses “trypsin from the pork pancreas.”

Still, the council approved the AstraZeneca vaccine for use given the pandemic emergency.

But AstraZeneca Indonesia spokesman Rizman Abudaeri said in a statement: “At all stages of the production process, this virus vector vaccine does not use nor come in contact with pork-derived products or other animal products.”

The council and the country’s food and drug agency did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Indonesian authorities on Friday approved the use of AstraZeneca’s vaccine after reviewing reports that it had caused blood clots among some recipients in Europe.

Indonesia is grappling with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia – with 1,455,788 cases and 39,447 deaths as of Saturday.


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