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Tempers flare in Indonesia as the privileged few get vaccinated ahead of the queue

JAKARTA - Tempers have begun to flare in Indonesia as a number of people from privileged backgrounds jumped the queue of the Covid-19 vaccination drive that has covered 1.58 million people as at Friday (Feb 26). Early this month, pharmacy owner Helena Lim, dubbed the Crazy Rich Jakartan after an American comedy, was vaccinated at a health community centre in the capital by claiming to be a support staff member at a drugstore. A video posted on Instagram showing her queueing for the jab went viral, triggering a public outcry over her eligibility to receive the vaccine which, at that time, was meant only for health workers. Police launched an investigation shortly thereafter. The families of lawmakers, who since Thursday were being vaccinated along with the legislators at the House of Representatives compound in Jakarta, have also now come under scrutiny. A lawmaker from the National Awakening Party (PKB), Mr Abdul Kadir Karding, told Kompas.com that he and his family were vaccinated on Thursday following an invitation from the House s secretariat general.


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