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Japan to donate 1.3 mln more vaccine doses to Vietnam, Asian neighbours

By Reuters   September 13, 2021 | 10:40 pm PT
Japan to donate 1.3 mln more vaccine doses to Vietnam, Asian neighbours
A medic holds a vial of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at a medical center in Vietnam's Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, March 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Tran Hoa
Japan said on Tuesday it will donate an additional 1.3 million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam, Taiwan and other Asian neighbours.

Taiwan will get 500,000 more doses, bringing Japan’s total donation to the island to 3.9 million, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters.

The latest donation batch will go out as soon as possible, and includes another 400,000 shots for Vietnam, 300,000 for Thailand, and 100,000 to Brunei, Motegi said.

To date, Japan has given out more than 23 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Japan to countries in South Asia and the Pacific islands, he said.

Additionally, Japan has pledged $1 billion and 30 million doses to the Covax program, overseen by the GAVI alliance and the World Health Organization.

Japan has fully vaccinated 50 percent of its population, according to government data on Monday. The country has relied mainly on imported mRNA-type vaccines from Pfizer Inc and Moderna Inc for its domestic inoculation push, choosing to give away most of its supplies of the AstraZeneca shot.

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