CORONAVIRUS/Japan to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan this week

07/13/2021 12:24 PM
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Tokyo, July 13 (CNA) Japan will make a third COVID-19 vaccine donation to Taiwan of 1 million AstraZeneca doses on July 15, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday.

In a statement, Motegi said the 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be delivered to Taiwan on Thursday.

He said Indonesia and Vietnam are also expected to each receive 1 million doses of the vaccine from Japan on the same day.

Japan had already donated 1.24 million doses of the same brand of vaccine to Taiwan on June 4, and another 1.13 million on July 8.

The latest shipment would bring the total to 3.37 million.

According to the foreign minister, all the AstraZeneca vaccines donated to Taiwan have been produced in Japan.

On Tuesday, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) thanked Japan's government for donating a third batch of vaccines at a time when vaccine supplies are tight in the world and Japan itself is facing tough COVID-19 challenges domestically.

MOFA said the donations are testaments to the profound friendship between the two countries, again expressing its gratitude for the aid extended by Japan to Taiwan.

(By Yang Ming-chu and Ko Lin)

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Note: Taiwan
Note: Taiwan's vaccine rollout began on March 22, first with doses from AstraZeneca, then the Moderna ones on June 9.
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