Japan to donate 1.3 million more doses of AstraZeneca to Asia including Thailand

Japan will make additional donations of 1.3 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 to Thailand and other Asian neighbours, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday.

Of that, Thailand will be receiving 300,000 doses, Taiwan an addition of 500,000 doses, 400,000 for Vietnam, and 100,000 to Brunei, Motegi said, with the latest batch going out “as soon as possible.”

Japan, so far, has donated more than 23 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in-land to other Asian countries, the foreign minister said. The country has also pledged to donate a total of 1 billion US dollars and 30 million doses of their COVID-19 vaccines to the WHO-led COVAX global initiative, which aims to achieve vaccine equity around the globe and among the most vulnerable.

So far, the island country has vaccinated over 51.1 per cent of its population with a total of 144 million doses, mostly by using the imported mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer, and thus is now giving away most of their AztraZeneca doses.

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