| 21 May 2024, Tuesday |

Japan to provide millions more vaccine doses to Taiwan, Asian neighbours

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday that his country will grant additional AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine jabs to Taiwan and other Asian neighbors this week.

Japan will ship out 1 million doses each to Indonesia, Taiwan and Vietnam on Thursday as part of bilateral deals with those governments, Motegi told reporters.

Motegi said that an additional 11 million doses donated through the COVAX sharing scheme will be sent this month to Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iran, Laos, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, as well as various Pacific Island states.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed thanks for the gesture, particularly at a serious stage in Japan’s own coronavirus battle. Japan has granted about 3.4 million shots to Taiwan in a show of support for the Chinese-claimed island.

“The friendship between Taiwan and Japan is unwavering,” the Taiwan ministry said in a statement. “The Foreign Ministry once again thanks our partners in freedom and democracy for their warm assistance and strong support.”

  • Reuters