This was due to the country’s “worst-case scenario” epidemic at the time according to officials.
Indonesia experienced a spike in COVID-19 infection and deaths in July and was struggling to slow the virus transmission due to its high population. Indonesia is ranked as the world’s fourth most populous country.
The government imposed an emergency measure to slow the spread of the virus. One of its measures was to authorize the use of Ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment.
The Strait Times reported:
The Indonesian government on Thursday (July 15) began distributing free medicine and vitamins to self-isolating Covid-19