Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu – Photo: REUTERS
Previously, on September 3, Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu announced that the Japanese Government had decided to provide additional aid for the COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam.
This is the number of vaccines in a total of 440,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine Japan provided to countries and territories such as Vietnam, Thailand and Taiwan.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Japanese AstraZeneca vaccine batch is expected to arrive on September 9. This is the result of high-level advocacy and efforts of the Government’s Working Group on vaccine diplomacy.
Up to now, Japan has donated to Vietnam a total of about 3 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. The batch scheduled to September 9 will be the 5th batch of vaccine aid after the batches on June 16, July 2, July 9 and July 17.
In addition to vaccine aid, the Japanese Government also helped with storage and supported the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines with a total amount of 41 million USD for Vietnam and 24 other countries.
Japan is one of the largest vaccine donors to Vietnam so far. Besides Japan and the US, over the past time, Vietnam’s vaccine diplomacy has also recorded remarkable achievements with support waves from Europe.
News page Thaiger (Thailand) quoted the Japanese Embassy in Bangkok as saying that Japan will send to Thailand 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca this time, expected to be delivered on September 8.
Thus, Vietnam and Taiwan will share the remaining 140,000 doses, it is not clear how many doses each country will receive.
Follow Taipei Times, a representative of this island in Japan wrote on Facebook on September 3 that the Japanese vaccine shipment to Taiwan will be 64,000 doses, scheduled to depart next week.
Japan provided 1.05 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Thailand in the first shipment in July.