- Vietnam to receive 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from Japan.
- Japan will also be donating vaccines to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.
- Vietnam has been facing a resurgence of infections since April.
- Japan has secured enough AstraZeneca vaccines for 60 million people.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi announced that the country will donate one million coronavirus vaccine doses to Vietnam on Wednesday.
Motegi in a press conference on Tuesday announced that Tokyo is also mulling donating amounts of COVID-19 vaccine to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand in July.
According to Motegi, after considering comprehensively the infection situation (in Vietnam), the shortage of vaccines and relationship with Japan, we have come to that decision.
The provision of the vaccine developed by Britain’s AstraZeneca Plc and produced under license in Japan came in response to a request from Vietnam. Earlier in the month Japan had donated 1.24 million shots to Taiwan.
Since April, Vietnam has been facing a resurgence of infections, with its health authorities reporting a hybrid coronavirus variant that combines characteristics of strains first detected in Britain and India.
Even though Japan has secured enough AstraZeneca vaccines for 60 million people and approved their use last month, it does not intend to use them immediately in public inoculation programs due to rare cases of blood clots reported overseas.