Japan to supply one million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam

HCMC - Japan will ship one million doses of the AstraZeneca PLC Covid-19 vaccines produced in Japan to Vietnam today, June 16, to support the latter in the fight against Covid-19, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced on June 15.

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A vial labeled with the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Japan will ship one million doses of the AstraZeneca PLC Covid-19 vaccines produced in Japan to Vietnam today, June 16 – PHOTO: VNA

The decision to donate the vaccine was made following the Covid-19 situation in Vietnam, the shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and the relationship between the two countries, said Motegi.

Japan is also considering additional vaccine donations to Vietnam and Taiwan and shipments to other Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand between June and July, Motegi added.

At a meeting between Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio yesterday, the Japanese ambassador cited Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide as saying that Japan decided to donate the one million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Vietnam to further cement the close friendship between the two nations.

Japan expects to help Vietnam overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government news site reported.

Takio also said that 36 Japanese firms and associations in Vietnam had donated VND39.2 billion to Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine fund and would continue giving donations.

This is a valuable and timely gift for Vietnam to combat the pandemic, showcasing the close friendship between Vietnam and Japan, said PM Chinh.