The Bear Brand milk boom sweeping Indonesia, with Andra Nasrie | The Coconuts Podcast | Jul 9, 2021

Indonesians panic buying Bear Brand sterilized cow’s milk in Tangerang. Photo: Video screengrab
Indonesians panic buying Bear Brand sterilized cow’s milk in Tangerang. Photo: Video screengrab

Why are Indonesians buying Bear Brand milk in bulk? It might not be for the reason you think. The dairy beverage has been touted as the shiny new cure for Covid-19, despite the Indonesian Medical Association’s (IDI) advice that the drink provides the same nutritional benefits as regular milk. We talk to Coconuts Jakarta Managing Editor Andra Nasrie about the situation. 

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