Foreign Affairs/US-Indonesia Relations

Foreign Equipment Assists in COVID-19 Fight

From testing equipment to ventilators, masks, and personal protective equipment, Indonesia, lacking its own manufacturing, has turned to its trading partners for critical aid. The Indonesian government’s Covid-19 Task Force received shipments of sophisticated laboratory equipment for coronavirus infection diagnostic testing from China on Saturday to help achieve a minimum testing number of 10,000 per day. The equipment included three main types namely viral ribonucleic acid (RNA) isolation kit, multiplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing kit and viral transport medium kit. A day earlier, the task force also received donation of real time PCR testing kits from South Korea. In a Friday, April 24 call, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo asked for respiratory equipment “which we will provide,” as well, Trump wrote. Private shipments of PPE have been arranged by foundations and entrepreneurs including Alibaba’s Jack Ma, and the Tanoto Foundation.